Five players who need to step up in David Peralta’s absence
By Christopher Gaine
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- Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt has been one of baseball’s best players over the last few seasons, but 2016 has been dissapointing by Goldy’s lofty standards. The first baseman is still getting on base at a .390 clip, but he is only batting .223 with eight home runs and 21 RBI RBI in 40 games. This would put him on pace for 32 home runs and 81 RBI. This is great, but not what Diamondbacks fans have become accustomed to from Goldy. He will need to play the way he did over the last three seasons, when he batted .309/.412/.556 with 162 game averages of 34 homers and 116 RBI. If the rotation can’t carry more of the load, this is going to fall heavily on Goldschmidt.