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Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 1B ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

What April slump?  What May struggles?  Are you really talking about Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt?  The same guy who just slammed two more home runs on Sunday and who has been every bit the stud first-round fantasy baseball monster he was anticipated to be.  While yes Goldy did have a very difficult first two months, he is now sitting on the following numbers?

.282
26 HR
64 RBI
73 R
4 SB
25.7 K/9
13.6 BB/9
.349 BABIP

Looking at the numbers above, the power remains very good with the 26 bombs but at the same time the 64 RBI are way behind the pace of last season when Goldy collected 120.  Blame the latter on that ugly start; as well as the .282 average which is down from the typical .300 Goldschmidt usually puts forth in that category.  What needs to be said though is that since hitting .273 in March/April and then .144 in May, Goldschmidt has hit the following since:

June:  .364
July:  .317
August:  .325

As you can see, Goldschmidt has been hitting ropes all over the field the last two-plus months so no more worries about any early decline happening here.  Where Goldy has declined though is in stolen bases where he has just 4 bags so far and doesn't seem interested in running anymore.  I talked about this in March when I noted at the age of 30 Goldschmidt may not be running much more and that seems to be the case here.  He certainly wouldn't be the first player to stop running abruptly by the time he reaches 30 and so don't depend on him being the very rare five-tool first baseman anymore.  Instead, Goldy sits firmly still in his prime years and he should be able to be a big contributor in the other four categories for another few seasons.  Yes the start of the season was ugly but Goldy has been supplying the first-round numbers since the start of June. 


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