The Arizona Diamondbacks were looking like a team to take seriously for much of the first half of the season. Injuries, an awful bullpen, and an absurd run from the Los Angeles Dodgers derailed all of that. The end result is missing out on the playoffs, and likely will cost Paul Goldschmidt a chance at the MVP award.
There is virtually no argument to be made against the fact that Paul Goldschmidt has been among the very best players in the league this year. He’s made Kevin Towers look like a genius with that incredibly team friendly extension he signed prior to the season.
Goldschmidt ranks at or near the top of the league in virtually every offensive category in the National League this year. He’s seen a bit of a slip up in the second half of the year, but has still posted a terrific slash line of .303/.403/.557/.960, to go along with his 36 home runs and 124 RBIs. Each of those are tops in the NL, along with his slugging percentage and his OPS. His offensive WAR is almost at six for the year.
There is a misconception throughout the sports world that the Most Valuable Player award should be given to a member of a team that actually made the playoffs. Regardless of whether you agree with that idea, there’s no doubt that it exists all throughout the sports world.
That’s what will likely cost Goldschmidt the MVP award. It’s much more likely to go to someone like Andrew McCutchen, who plays for a playoff team, let alone a playoff team that made the postseason for the first time in a couple of decades.
Goldschmidt may very well deserve the MVP award, but the fact that the Diamondbacks aren’t making the playoffs will probably cost him a shot at it. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the game.