The last few weeks have not gone the way the Arizona Diamondbacks had expected when they spent most of the first half of the year in first place in the National League West. At this point, they’re officially in the race, but they’ve already started planning their offseason moves.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t players on this team deserving of more attention for league-wide accolades. In fact, despite the fact that the Diamondbacks have fell apart quite a bit, for a variety of reasons, you could still easily make an argument that Paul Goldschmidt should be right in the thick of things for the National League MVP award.
After signing a contract extension before the season, which looks like an absolutely brilliant move from Kevin Towers, it was expected that Goldschmidt would take another step forward in his play this year. Few expected him to enter the ranks of the league’s elite with his play, though.
What Goldschmidt has achieved this year should absolutely have him right in the thick of things for the Most Valuable Player award. It’s a common misconception that the MVP should come from a playoff team, but that’s an entirely different argument.
The 2013 season has seen Goldschmidt set career highs across the board. He’s at or near the top of the league in virtually every offensive category. He’s hit 32 home runs for the year, and an NL leading 114 RBIs. His average has fallen off a bit as the season has worn on, but he’s still going for .301 on the year. The absurd figure here is the fact that he’s getting on base at a .404 clip. He’s OPSing .947 on the year as well.
With the offense he brings to the mix, on top of very good defense over at first base, has led to a WAR of 6.5 on the year. Regardless of what the Diamondbacks have achieved this year, or failed to achieve, there’s no doubt that Paul Goldschmidt should remain a favorite for the National League MVP award.