May has been a good month for Paul Goldschmidt–kinda. The D-Backs first baseman entered the month hitting a paltry .193, as the month comes to a close he finds his average has jumped up to .257.
Goldschmidt has hit .304 this month despite the overall struggles of his team. He’s been especially hot the last two weeks that has seen him his safely in 9 of 10 games and go 13 for 35 overall in that stretch. There’s just one problem with Goldscmidts recent hot streak. He’s scored a modest 7 runs in those 10 games and his production has been next to nothing. He’s hit just 1 solo home run in that time–on Sunday–and has driven in just one other run–on May 17th. Curiously, despite hitting .371 for the two week span, he struck out more than once every three at-bats–12 times overall.
While the rise in Goldschmidt’s average is encouraging, he was counted on to produce and hit in the clutch. He’s had a mixed bag there. While he is hitting .308 with two outs he’s just .214 with runners in scoring postion. His 3 home runs and 17 RBI each place him just sixth on the overall underproducing D-Backs lineup and mean he’s on a pace to hit a mere 12 home runs and drive in 67 RBI. The team was likely counting on 25 hr and 85 RBI so if Goldschmidt wants to live up to expectations, he’s going to have to get hot and stay hot through the second half of the season.