If a .297/.411/.489 slash line with 24 home runs and 95 RBI can be considered a down year, then you know just how good Paul Goldschmidt has been across his six MLB seasons. In 2015, Goldschmidt slashed an absurd .321/.435/.570 with 33 home runs and 110 RBI. Expecting a repeat of those numbers might have been unfair, but that is the standard Goldschmidt has set. On a positive note, he scored 106 runs in 2016, up from 103 in 2015. He also went from 21 stolen bases in 2015 to 32 in 2016. It is his speed and base-stealing acumen that really makes Goldschmidt a special player in fantasy. It is unclear if he will run as much under new manager Torey Lovullo, but considering he upped his success rate from 80.8 percent to 86.5 percent last season, it seems likely that he will have the green light more often than not. Coming off that "down" year, Goldschmidt is no longer a lock to go in the top-five, but he is the clear top player at his position and still has all the tools to finish the year as a top-five player in fantasy.
Goldschmidt is looking forward to competing in the World Baseball Classic in March, the Arizona Republic reports. He'll leave for Florida on March 6 and begin participating in Team USA workouts March 7. Goldschmidt is expected to anchor the Arizona lineup again in 2017, while his overall production may increase if A.J. Pollock and David Peralta can avoid the injuries that plagued them throughout 2016.
Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI against the Padres on Wednesday. After a 21-game homer drought in which Goldschmidt hit an uncharacteristic .244/.351/.308 with a whopping 28 strikeouts, he's found his stroke again in emphatic fashion over the last two games, banging out three homers among four hits. Obviously, the first baseman is a fantasy star, but in this season of much-increased offense across baseball, it's been a surprisingly slow year by Goldy's standards -- he's 10 short of last year's 33 homers and 20 short of last year's 110 RBI with only a week and a half left to play.
Goldschmidt homered and knocked in two runners in a 2-for-4 game Tuesday against San Diego. This is just Goldschmidt's second homer of September as he has struggled to find his power stroke in the final month of the season. With just 21 blasts this season, he will fall well short of the 33 home runs he posted in 2015. Still, it's hard to argue with his overall performance, as Tuesday's game elevated his season line to .297/.413/.484.
Goldschmidt is not in the lineup Monday against the Padres, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Goldschmidt hasn't gotten a day off since the end of August, so he'll take a seat to rest for Monday's series opener. Kyle Jensen will fill in for the 29-year-old for the evening, but you can expect Goldy to reenter the lineup Tuesday and likely stay there for the rest of the season.
Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. It's been a bit of a struggle recently for the star slugger. Goldschmidt is 4-for-26 (.154) over the last week, and he has seven strikeouts in his last 11 at-bats. Given his pedigree, Goldschmidt will likely put together a hot streak soon. Fantasy owners are just hoping it's in time to help them in their playoff matchups.