The last St. Louis Cardinals player to win the National League MVP award was Albert Pujols when he went back-to-back in 2008 and 2009. Over a decade later, another Cardinal may finally take home that hardware.
Paul Goldschmidt is tearing up the 2022 season and is one of the biggest reasons the Cardinals are in first place in the NL Central as we are over ⅓ through the season. Goldschmidt has won a number of awards, but he is still waiting on his MVP award. The 34-year-old is officially the betting favorite to win it, and rightfully so.
In 2013 and 2015, Goldschmidt came in second place in the NL MVP voting with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but looks to change that luck this season. In 2013 he led the league in home runs and RBIs but still finished in second. After a historic performance against Pittsburgh, he passed Mookie Betts of the Dodgers as the betting favorite to win MVP on every platform, with FanDuel giving him +220.
History Against the Pirates
It is not everyday MLB players have their name mentioned in the same sentence as Ty Cobb, but Goldschmidt changed that narrative against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first baseman of the Cardinals was the first player with 9+ hits, 9+ RBI, 6+ runs scored, 5+ extra-base hits, 4+ home runs and 0 strikeouts over a two day span since Ty Cobb did it in 1925. Goldschmidt did it in three games and Cobb in two, but it was an amazing feat nonetheless.
We are witnessing history when Goldy steps on the field in a Cardinals uniform. His 9-12 performance really opened the eyes of the rest of the league that his hot first half has not been a fluke.
With one game left in the NL Central rivalry, Goldschmidt looks to boost the lead in the division while furthering his case to win MVP. Jack Flaherty makes his return to the rubber tonight, but with the way the Cardinals offense is rolling, he should have a lot of run support as he returns to Busch Stadium.
Goldy’s 2022 Magic
Goldschmidt is leading the NL with a .349 BA and .431 OBP with 81 hits. He is also third in RBIs with 56 and two homers away from tying Pete Alonso with the lead at 18. Timely hitting has been the name of the game for Goldy this season as he is on fire with runners in scoring position, slashing .444.
Getting on base in the MLB is not easy, and Goldschmidt does almost half of his at-bats. He is also slugging .642 which is no surprise. The month of May was no fluke, and he has stayed hot in June. After winning NL Player of the Month in May with a stat line of .404, 1.288 OPS, 10 home runs, and 33 RBIs, the man from Wilmington, Delaware looks to claim that award again.
St. Louis is heating up at the right time as they look to make a push late into the month of October. The best thing that can happen to boost the odds of a Goldschmidt MVP coming to fruition would be a playoff birth.
The definition of the most valuable player is the player who contributes the most to his or her team’s success, and by that definition, Goldschmidt deserves to win the 2022 NL MVP.
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