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Arizona Diamondbacks: Who has the edge at each position in the NLDS?

By Joseph Jacquez
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 10: Justin Turner
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three run home run during the bottom of the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three run home run during the bottom of the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

LAD: Cody Bellinger (4.2 bWAR)

ARI: Paul Goldschmidt (5.8 bWAR)

This is by far the best individual matchup.

Goldschmidt is a front runner for National League MVP. He leads the Diamondbacks in WAR by a wide margin and there is nothing the guy cannot do.

Goldy also got his postseason off to a bang with a three-run home run on the first pitch to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 first inning lead over the Colorado Rockies.

Cody Bellinger was the Aaron Judge of the National League during the regular season. He is the front runner for Rookie of the Year in the senior circuit and broke the NL record for home runs by a rookie.

But, Goldschmidt is better. Where “America’s First Baseman” has the biggest advantage is defense. Bellinger often plays in the outfield but does play first. Goldschmidt has mastered first base.

Edge: Diamondbacks

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