Archive for the ‘Paul Goldschmidt’ Category

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt owns Tim Lincecum. Paul Goldschmidt hits Tim Lincecum hard every time they face off. Every. Time. This is not a new phenomenon, as last season in this space we examined the impact of Goldschmidt’s Timmy tuning on his career line.

The beat went on yesterday afternoon, as Goldschimdt homered in his first plate appearance of the year against Lincecum. He later singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. It was the sixth career home run for Goldschimidt off the two-time Cy Young winner in just 21 career plate appearances to that point. Goldy can claim 12 hits and two walks in his 26 career PAs versus Timmy. That’s a lot.

It is unusual for one hitter to dominate a pitcher as great* as Tim Lincecum, one would think. In fact someone asked me just that on Twitter: do other great pitchers have hitters who own them as Goldschimdt owns the Giants former ace?

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Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

Extending Paul Goldschmidt was a pretty smart move made by the Arizona Diamondbacks. While he might not be an “elite” first baseman, he is at the very least knocking on the door of elite, with a bouquet of flowers in his hand ready to join the party.

Not many thought this would be true of Paul Goldschimdt as he climbed through the minor league ranks. His all-or-nothing approach was bound to catch up with him, they said as he crushed pitching at every turn.

For his career in the big leagues, Goldschmidt has a .283/.363/.496 line with 35 home runs in less than 1000 plate appearances. Pretty good, no? Far from bad, that much I know for sure.

All batters have pitchers they just see well. Guys the seem to have figured out and guys against whom they take good swings and get some good luck. Paul Goldschmidt might play in a tough pitching, low scoring division but there are two pitchers he sees really well. Insanely well, in fact.

Paul Goldschmidt sees Tim Lincecum and Chris Capuano so well that it, perhaps, distorts his entire career line.

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Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

How’s that for a Good Friday? Jim Bowden of ESPN and other things first reports the Arizona Diamondbacks signing Paul Goldschmidt to a five-year, $32 million deal which buys up one of the big first baseman’s free agent years. Ken Rosenthal adds that the deal includes an option for 2019, keeping Goldy in the Snakes fray for a long, long time.

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Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

Look at Adam Dunn. He’s just sliding in your draft and you’re so tempted to take those 40 home runs to the bank. But that .200-ish batting average is going to hurt. Look at Adam Dunn. Look at him.

Those of us in 5×5 fantasy leagues don’t have the benefit of embracing high-walk, high-power sluggers — at least not without ramifications — and so we’re always on the lookout for power paired with batting average. It’s why Cardinals’ prospect Oscar Taveras has so many drooling over his future. It’s why we love Albert Pujols so much. That doesn’t mean these guys are easy to find.

We might have a new tool. Well, a new thing to watch out for at least. A warning: this is not scientific journal level research. This is a thing I found after talking to a baseball player that knows his craft.

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Heading into the 2012 season, the Diamondbacks are the default favorites to win the National League West. The defending division champs added a 3 WAR pitcher in Trevor Cahill and have full seasons of a resurgent Aaron Hill1 and entertaining Paul Goldschmidt ahead of them. Mostly, they play in the NL West where the bar is set pathetically low.

Despite coming into the season with everything going for them, the Snakes are not about to rest on their laurels. They are determined to wring every single advantage they can from their 25-man assemblage, maximizing their chances of making the playoffs.

Or, just maybe, Joe Saunders isn’t very good.

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