Paul Goldschmidt was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, RHP Luke Weaver, INF Andy Young and the club’s Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Why does this concern Dodgers Nation? Well, It’s not a difficult leap.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) December 5, 2018
Alanna said it best. We no longer have to face Paul Goldschmidt nearly as much.
Break It Down
- Games played vs. Arizona in 2017: 19
- Games played vs. Arizona in 2018: 19
- Record vs AZ in 2017: 8-11
- Record vs AZ in 2018: 8-11
We’ve been absolutely horrid against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the past 2 years. We have won the division in spite of these results. How has Paul Goldschmidt hit the Dodgers in his career? Let’s take a look.
- Games: 130
- HR’s: 31
- RBI’s: 98
- OPS: 927
If a player put up numbers like that in a 130 game season, that player garners MVP consideration. Paul Goldschmidt has SHREDDED the Dodgers. Not having to face him half as much as we have had to in the past is statistically better for the Dodgers. There’s no way to refute that.
What’s It Mean?
How often did we face the Cardinals in the past 2 years?
- 2017: 7 Times
- 2018: 7 times
Having to combat Paul Goldschmidt nearly 3 times less than we did before is obviously ideal. Beyond seeing him less, this makes the Diamondbacks weaker overall. Say in 2019 the Dodgers go 11-8 instead of 8-11? That’s 3 games in the standings. Divisions are won and lost in 3 games. Home field advantage is won and lost in 3 games. Those little differences can change the very course of the season.
2019 is starting to look up already, and the Dodgers did very little with their hot stove this week. Impressive.
Oh and whenever we do have to face Paul Goldschmidt… we have the PG neutralizer.
That seventh-straight division title might have just gotten a little easier.
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