On Monday night in Arizona, Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continued his hot hitting, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double, his ninth of the year, off of Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Chris Archer.
Goldschmidt, like the weather, is heating up for the D-Backs. The 28-year-old has reached base safely in 12 straight games, hitting .331 (14-for-41) with four doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and 19 walks during that time. He has also reached safely in 21 of his last 22 games since May 14, hitting .329 (24-for-73) with four doubles, three homers, 19 walks and 16 RBIs.
At home, Goldschmidt has been even better hitting .411 (14-for-34) with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs over his last 11 games.
Goldschmidt also leads the NL and ranks third in the Majors with a .455 on-base percentage at home, trailing only Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Goldschmidt ranks third in the NL and fifth in the Majors with a 1.057 OPS at home, behind Ortiz, Cabrera, Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado and Milwaukee Brewer Jonathan Lucroy.
“I don’t know if there is really one thing,” the three-time NL All-Star said. “I just try and go out there and play well and I have been able to get some results. I am just trying to work hard, have good at-bats and hit the ball hard.”
Goldschmidt has even caught the attention of former D-Back pitching great, Brandon Webb.
“He’s been having some great at-bats,” Webb said on Fox Sports Arizona. “About two weeks ago I checked in on him and he was hitting about .220 but over the last 14 games he has brought his average up about 30 points. He is going to progress and he’s going to get better, its just how good of a player he is.”
Goldschmidt has also shown great plate discipline thus far in 2016, leading the league in walks with 55.
Although the D-Backs are still trying to find their way, Goldschmidt heating up can only help the process.