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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Cardinals laughing their way to playoffs with dynamic duo of Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado

“This might be the best infield combo in the history of the game,’’ Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol says, “when you look at both the offense and defensive side. It’s hard to find two better players than that.’’

Goldschmidt, who turns 35 in two weeks, is having the greatest season of his spectacular career and the clear front-runner for the MVP award. He leads the National League or ranks in the top three in virtually every offensive category. He could become the NL’s first Triple Crown winner since Joe “Ducky’’ Medwick in 1937.

Goldschmidt leads the National League with a .339 batting average, .420 on-base percentage, .637 slugging percentage, 1.057 OPS and 284 total bases. He also has a league-leading 105 RBI and is second with 33 homers, one behind Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber.

“In my eyes, he’s the best player in the game,’’ Arenado says, “and I don’t think it’s close. He’s just playing on another level right now. Hitting, defense and baserunning, it’s unbelievable what he’s doing.

“We take it for granted because he’s been raking all year, but sometimes we’ve got to sit back and appreciate how good this guy is.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2022 at 06:29 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: August 28, 2022 at 11:39 PM (#6093550)
I'm not even sure this is the best corner infield combo in the past 15 years for the Cardinals.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: August 29, 2022 at 12:15 AM (#6093555)
Too late to edit, but should probably fix that comment, make it 18 years or so. 2004 Rolen was +30 at third, Albert was +7 rField at first, while they put up a 158ops+/9.2war and 173/8.8 respectively.
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 29, 2022 at 12:40 AM (#6093557)
CFB, you beat me to it. I was thinking didn't Rolen and Albert play on that diamond at the same time for a season or more?
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 29, 2022 at 01:05 AM (#6093558)
And yet a combined 0-6 in what could prove to be a key postseason stat.
   5. Moeball Posted: August 29, 2022 at 12:34 PM (#6093600)
Early in the season, Tommy Edman was listed as the best player on the team, in fact, all of MLB per B-Ref. He was hitting well through May, I guess, and his fielding was other worldly. In early June he was already at almost 3.5 WAA, tops in the majors.

Then maybe pitchers realized he was Tommy Edman and not Paul Goldschmidt? Because he hasn't hit a lick since then. His defense is still top notch, but his bat has completely disappeared and he's been moved from the top of the order to the bottom.

CFB - have you watched a lot of games this year? Any idea what happened to Edman's stick?
   6. salvomania Posted: August 29, 2022 at 03:47 PM (#6093626)
CFB - have you watched a lot of games this year? Any idea what happened to Edman's stick?

He had a hot April, that's all.

He has a career 100 OPS+, and he's at 99 in 2022. His hot April was canceled out by an abysmal July, and he's been more or less average in May, June, and August.

That's who he is: a league-average bat who can play outstanding defense pretty much anywhere on the field.

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