Over an exciting weekend in baseball, one that saw the Phillies come back twice in one game to beat the Angels and Pete Alonso put on a show against the Dodgers, the St. Louis Cardinals battled a 5-game series against their fiercest rivals, the Chicago Cubs. While the Cardinals did take 3 of the 5 games, all eyes were focused on the hitting streak of Paul Goldschmidt, which came to an end on Saturday. While one Paul Goldschmidt streak ended, another Goldschmidt streak continued, as the veteran first baseman has now reached base safely in 46 consecutive games.
The Hitting Streak
On May 7th, with the Cardinals out west facing the Giants, Paul Goldschmidt’s day started off on the wrong foot. In the first inning, he struck out looking, in the second he struck out swinging and in the fifth he lined out to center brining his batting average down to .260 for the season. However, little did anyone realize that a single in the 7th would start a pretty torrid stretch for the 34 year old.
Goldschmidt’s hitting streak eventually ended on Saturday to the Cubs but not before reaching 25 games. The Goldschmidt streak is the third longest for St. Louis since 1963 and fell just 8 games shy of the club record set by Rogers Hornsby way back in 1922. Perhaps making the Goldschmidt streak more impressive is the fact that it went as long as it did in the era of extreme defensive shifts.
While the hitting streak came to an end, Goldschmidt did hit .424, had the same amount of extra base hits as strikeouts and drove in a whopping 25% of Cardinals runs.
The Other Goldschmidt Streak
Headed into Saturday, Goldschmidt has now reached base safely in 46 consecutive games. This streak started all the way back on April 22nd and is nearing Vince Coleman‘s streak of 50 games for the longest streak since 1955.
The ability to both hit for contact (and power) and draw plenty of walks has always helped Paul Goldschmidt to have higher than average on-base percentages, but what he is doing this season is really something special. Over the course of this Goldschmidt streak, he is batting .377/.453/.680 and is certainly an early name to watch in the NL MVP race.
While Goldschmidt might have seen his hitting streak come to an end, his dynamic ability at the plate has seen his on-base streak rocket the Cardinals into first place in the NL Central.
We will see if the Reds can slow down the Red-Hot Goldschmidt. Regardless of when the streak ends, Goldschmidt is having one heck of a season.
Let us know in the comments below if you think Goldschmidt’s streak will reach at least 50 games!