Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI in Friday's win over Oakland.
Goldschmidt hit a two-run triple off starter Sean Manaea in the fourth, and later slashed a double off reliever Ryan Dull in the ninth. Goldschmidt has had a miserable May, hitting just .123 with five RBI against 29 strikeouts. Goldschmidt has a career OPS of .919 but this year is sitting at a career-worst .714. It stands to reason that he'll turn it around eventually, but it's taking a lot longer than expected.
Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Wednesday's 9-2 loss to the Brewers.
Goldschmidt took Brent Suter deep in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1, marking his sixth homer of the season and his second in the last five games. While Wednesday's solo shot was encouraging, it was Goldschmidt's only hit during the Diamondbacks' three-game series in Milwaukee (nine at-bats), a ballpark where he typically mashes (1.288 OPS in 98 career plate appearances at Miller Park heading into Wednesday). He'll look to build off of Wednesday's effort as the Diamondbacks head to Oakland on Friday for a three-game series against the Athletics.
Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Mets.
Goldschmidt connected on his fifth home run of the season, this one coming off Steven Matz in the fourth inning. It was his first home run since April 15 and his first extra-base hit since May 8. The majority of his struggles have come at home -- he is slugging .528 for the season on the road, relatively close to the baseline he has set for himself in past seasons. While his sluggish start at home may be related to the humidor, his continued ability to hit well on the road suggest that his skills are still intact and that his results should improve as the season progresses.
Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday in a 3-1 loss to the Mets.
After Goldschmidt recorded just three hits in 26 at-bats during the Diamondbacks' seven-game homestand to drop his season line in Phoenix to .140/.321/.209, there was some hope that his production might pick up while leaving the humidor-controlled confines of Chase Field. At least for one game, Goldschmidt was unable to snap out of his funk, as the four strikeouts represented a season high. Goldschmidt now owns a 31.6 percent strikeout rate -- a nine-point uptick from 2017 -- across 187 plate appearances on the campaign, tempering some optimism about his batting average recovering dramatically even if his .295 BABIP begins veering closer to his .352 career mark.
Goldschmidt's performance Friday represented one of his better ones of late, illustrating the extent of his slump since the calendar flipped his May. Through the Diamondbacks' first 10 games this month, Goldschmidt is slashing just .079/.205/.105, dropping his season OPS to a career-worst .738 OPS. The installation of the humidor at Chase Field this season was expected to result in some decline in Goldschmidt's power production, but the park effects have been perhaps even more pronounced than anticipated. The first baseman has yet to record a home run in 21 games at home, with his .569 OPS at Chase Field representing a 341-point dropoff from his mark on the road.
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