So how do the Arizona Diamondbacks replace the production of Paul Goldschmidt? In two words, they don’t. However, that doesn’t mean that players on this team aren’t anxious to carry some of the additional responsibility of making up for their lost teammate. To me, the guy that has to be the biggest contributor of all the remainder of this season is Mark Trumbo.
The 28-year old Trumbo came to the D’backs in a curious, to say the least, trade that sent promising left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels. He was counted on to provide some power to a lineup that was devoid of some. 95 home runs in three seasons raises those expectations. Unfortunately, we have missed seeing “Trumbombs” at Chase Field thanks to a stress fracture in his foot Trumbo suffered in April. With Goldschmidt out, it is time for Trumbo to justify this trade that has been received so negatively by Snakes’ fans. No, he doesn’t have to hit balls into the pool at every plate appearance. But he certainly has to improve on his woeful .261 on-base percentage even if it means sacrificing a little bit of power. An example of that would be his base hit on Friday night against Pittsburgh. Instead of pulling an outside pitch, he simply reached out and dropped a single into right field, a perfect display of hitting. Sure, we will need and want to see him hit the long ball. But we also want him to be a more complete hitter in the absence of the team’s best player.
Last night’s game was a complete debacle. However, Trumbo had two booming hits, making him 6 for 15 in August. If the D’backs are to remain at least interesting the rest of this year, we need more games like that from Mark Trumbo.