All eyes on Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt as Rockies come to Chase Field

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 10: Paul Goldschmidt
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 10: Paul Goldschmidt /

Paul Goldschmidt will be the center of attention as the N.L. MVP race comes to Chase Field with Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies where Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado will face off in an MVP showcase.

Both teams won their games on Sunday against NL West opponents, but the Diamondbacks hold a five-game lead over the Rockies in the Wild Card race. They are also nine games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division.

The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park with the hopes of ending their 10-game losing skid.

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This series could bust open the Wild Card standings, or it could make it closer, but more importantly, a true MVP could emerge.

Paul Goldschmidt has been a candidate for NL MVP for several years, but he has always fallen short. With the Diamondbacks seemingly headed to the postseason, this could be his year, but he’s been fighting off not one, but two Rockies players to get there.

Both Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon are having career years.

Arenado has 32 home runs and 119 RBI’s that contribute to his .310 batting average. Blackmon has 34 home runs and 89 RBI’s that contribute to his .339 batting average.

Goldschmidt has 34 home runs and 111 RBI’s which contributes to his .312 batting average.

Defensively, Goldschmidt and Blackmon have four errors each, while Arenado has eight.

They are all battling Giancarlo Stanton‘s 54 home runs, 113 RBI’s, four errors and .281 batting average.

A key difference is that Goldschmidt is used to his digs at Chase Field, where Arenado and Blackmon are used to the hitting-advantage provided by Coors Field in Denver.

Zack Greinke will take the mound first against Kyle Freeland. Greinke is coming off of a victory over the Dodgers in his last start and is tied for most wins in the NL, while Freeland is on a 0-3 skid.

"The Arizona Diamondbacks have held their own against the Dodgers in 2017"

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