Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is on fire, amassing a career-high 15 game hitting streak and providing a much-needed spark to an offense that’s struggled to find its stride so far this season.
Goldschmidt, who has hit .451 with a .492 on-base percentage during his streak, was a guest on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday and deflected the attention away from himself and his contributions at the plate.
“I wouldn’t say [I’m] carrying this team at all,” Goldschmidt said. “I mean we’ve got a lot of great guys. We’ve been up and down this year but we’ve played well the last two games and hopefully can continue it and play better going forward.”
The 24-year-old got off to a slow start this season and shared a good portion of playing time with veteran Lyle Overbay. But instead of getting down on his luck, Goldschmidt persevered through his slump with an incomparable work ethic and positive attitude.
“Whatever the lineup is every day you just go with it,” Goldschmidt stated. “Days when you’re not playing, you do what you can whether it’s an opportunity for a pinch-hit or just being ready or being a good teammate.”
Goldschmidt didn’t detect any fundamental flaws in his approach at the plate and knew it was only a matter of time before balls would start falling in for him.