Diamondbacks’ Goldschmidt ‘fading away’ in MVP race, says CBS writer

Aug 7, 2013, 8:32 PM | Updated: 8:37 pm

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been one of the biggest surprises for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, emerging as perhaps the best player on the roster. He, along with pitcher Patrick Corbin, represented the team at the All-Star Game in July.

Goldschmidt, 25, is still leading the National League in RBI (89) entering Wednesday, but he is slipping in the NL MVP race, at least according to one blogger.

Baseball writer Matt Snyder of CBS Sports dubs Goldschmidt as “fading away” in the MVP race, even though he says all hope is not yet lost.

When the Diamondbacks were comfortably in first place and Goldschmidt was taking a line of .313/.395/ .557 with 23 doubles, 21 homers, 77 RBI and nine steals into the All-Star break, he was probably among the frontrunners. He still leads the NL in RBI, however, he’s hit just .233 since the break while the Diamondbacks have — with the obvious help of the Dodgers’ crazy hot run — seen a 4.5-game lead become a 5.5-game deficit. This has a way of burying MVP candidates, but there’s still plenty of time to turn it around. Goldy’s numbers on their own are worthy of consideration, after all, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make a serious run here.

Interestingly enough, a different writer from the same sports site pointed out last month that the first baseman’s second-half numbers haven’t matched up to his first-half stats over his career, even though he’s only three seasons deep. As of Wednesday morning, the team has played 17 games since the All-Star break; but Goldschmidt so far is following the pattern of his other seasons.

Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals are the front-runners in Snyder’s NL MVP watch.

Also worth noting is Snyder’s listing of former Diamondback Justin Upton (now on the Atlanta Braves) as a “dark horse” in the MVP race.

After a scorching hot start to the season, Upton faded rather quickly, going through a huge slump. He’s starting to heat up again, though, as he’s hitting .452 with four homers and 10 RBI in his last seven games (heading into Tuesday). The current line of .265/.356/.473 with 20 homers isn’t nearly good enough, but he can get insanely hot. Factor in that the Braves are well-positioned to have the best record in the National League by season’s end and he’s likely to be their best candidate — and you have your dark horse. Obviously Freddie Freeman could be a solid choice here as well, but we’re going with Upton based upon the power upside.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks...

Alex Weiner

What was Step 1 for the Diamondbacks’ newest farm director?

The D-backs had a significant leadership change in player development this winter, replacing Josh Barfield with Shaun Larkin as farm director.

1 day ago

Elvis Andrus...

Alex Weiner

15-year vet Elvis Andrus joins Diamondbacks’ backup shortstop race

The Diamondbacks signed 15-year MLB veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training.

1 day ago

Slade Cecconi...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Slade Cecconi working to establish changeup amid 5th starter battle

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Slade Cecconi went into his latest spring training start with a clear objective to focus on his changeup.

2 days ago

Matt Chapman making a play...

Associated Press

Diamondbacks’ NL West foe Giants reportedly sign 3B Matt Chapman

The San Francisco Giants reportedly signed four-time Gold Glove winner Matt Chapman to a three-year contract.

2 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker suffers hand contusion on hit-by-pitch: ‘We dodged a bullet’

Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker "dodged a bullet" with no broken bones after getting hit by a pitch in spring training. 

3 days ago

Presented By...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Who would you rather? (Arizona Sports version)

Burns & Gambo play a game of 'Who would you rather?' after the photo of Kyler Murray, Corbin Carroll and Devin Booker was shared from Boardroom's Instagram.

4 days ago

Diamondbacks’ Goldschmidt ‘fading away’ in MVP race, says CBS writer