Arizona Diamondbacks Lose Finale Before All-Star Break, but Paul Goldschmidt Plays Well Again

By Craig Ballard
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The Arizona Diamondbacks enter the All-Star break following a 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but they remain in first place in the NL West, and they continue to get great play from first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The 25 year old fellow Virgo was born to hit, and this season he is putting it all together and leading the D-Backs to the point where he has become a legit MVP candidate.  In Sunday’s loss he went two-for-four which puts his average at .313 with 21 home runs and a whopping 77 runs batted in. Goldschmidt leads the team in all of these categories, by a lot too, and he even is the club’s best base-stealer. He is having a coming out party in 2013 and showing he is uber gifted as an offensive threat. The D-Back cupboard is pretty bare after Goldschmidt which makes his production even more impressive as he does not get much protection in lineup. His 77 RBI are most by any National League hitter currently, and this guy is cash money with runners in scoring position.

Goldschmidt has always hit lefties well, and this season we are seeing the third-year slugger getting it done against righties also. His gaudy ’13 numbers are a result of his hot hitting vs righties this year and provide more cause to be excited about this guy now and going forward. This is the coming out party season for Goldschmidt, and he will play in his first (of many) All-Star games on Tuesday.

Craig Ballard is a NFL/NBA/MLB writer for Follow him on Twitter @craigballard77, and you can find all of his articles HERE

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