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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammate Paul Goldschmidt #44 after beating the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammate Paul Goldschmidt #44 after beating the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 09: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 09: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt finished as MVP runnerup in 2013 and 2015 – on losing teams.

Here is a comparision of Goldy’s numbers through his first 150 games of 2013, 2015 and 2017.

2013: .304, 34 HR, 119 RBI 

2015: .319, 31 HR, 104 RBI

2017: .306, 36 HR, 120 RBI

A rough September can explain the decline in Goldschmidt’s average from last season to this season. Entering Sunday’s regular season finale, Goldschmidt was hitting .299.

But Goldschmidt is a middle of the order bat. Production defines his greatness at the plate, and he has surpassed career highs for home runs and RBI.

Goldschmidt has also scored more runs this season (117) than the last two years combined. Hitting ahead of J.D. Martinez has helped “America’s First Baseman,” but Goldy was putting up MVP callibar numbers before Martinez joined the D-backs.

Goldschmidt is first in the majors in AB/RBI (4.52) and sixth in the NL with 15.06 AB/HR, according to a dbacks.com infographic.

Baseball America rated Goldschmidt as the NL’s Best Defensive First Baseman, the second best hitter, the second Best Strike-Zone Judgement and the third Best Baserunner.

Goldschmidt is on pace to be one of eight players with 35-plus home runs, 110-plus RBI and a .400-plus on-base percentage in a single season since 2008. Goldchmidt (2013), Prince Fielder (2011), Albert Pujols (2010), Joey Votto (2010), Pujols (2009), Fielder (2009) and for a third time, Pujols (2008) are the others.

When you add on a 75 percent or greater stolen base percentage to the numbers above, minimum 20 attemps, Goldschmidt is one of eight players since 1997 to put up those stats.

Only Kris Bryant and Giancarlo Stanton, both at 7.1, have a higher WAR among NL position players, according to STATS LLC.

PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT. A++. . 1B. Arizona Diamondbacks

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