The St. Louis Cardinals have a stellar 24-18 record and are just two games out of first place in the NL Central Division, mostly because Paul Goldschmidt just hasn’t stopped hitting in over two weeks now.
The veteran first baseman is 34, but shows no signs of slowing down.
“Paul Goldschmidt during his 15-game hitting streak for the @Cardinals: 28 hits, 12 doubles, 5 home runs, 22 RBIs. Since RBI became an official stat in 1920, no other MLB player has reached all of these numbers in a 15-game span,” Stats by STATS tweeted.
Paul Goldschmidt during his 15-game hitting streak for the @Cardinals:
5 home runs
Since RBI became an official stat in 1920, no other MLB player has reached all of those numbers in a 15-game span.
— Statistics by STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 24, 2022
Let’s take this tweet, part by part.
First, a 15-game hitting streak is impressive at any level, let alone MLB.
Second, he has almost two hits per game and almost one double per game during the streak, which is just amazing.
And third, while the five homers are truly impressive, the 22 RBI is even more of an eyebrow.
Record RBI pace
No player has played 22 runs in a span of 15 games: Goldschmidt is the first to do so.
Baseball is full of surprises, isn’t it?
Goldschmidt essentially puts the Cardinals back in contention, after their impressive Wild Card campaign last year.
They’re awfully close to the Brewers in the standings, and while Milwaukee is clearly better, they currently don’t have a hitter like Goldy.
In 40 games and 177 plate appearances, the slugger reduced .338 / .403 / .573 with seven home runs, 25 runs, 33 RBIs and even three stolen bases.
Those rates would be the best of his career, but the season is still young.
He’ll need to maintain that level to get the cards in October and fight for individual accolades, but as his recent hitting streak can attest, he’s more than capable of doing just that.