Paul Goldschmidt has been St. Louis Cardinals best player in May

Trejan Rowbotham
May 15, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) hits a two run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) hits a two run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Although the Cards have gone 7-8 over their last 15 games, Paul Goldschmidt has single-handedly kept the St. Louis Cardinals afloat in the past two weeks.

With Tyler O’Neill struggling and on the injured list, the St. Louis Cardinals have received massive contributions from Paul Goldschmidt over the past couple of weeks. He has played in 14 of the their last 15 games and has led the squad in several hitting categories.

Although the Cardinals have gone 7-8 over their last 15 games, Goldschmidt has single-handedly kept them afloat in the past two weeks. Batting a stellar .460 (23-50) over this stretch, he has seen his average jump to .342 for the 2022 season. He is also leading the team in total bases after this impressive hot streak.

While Nolan Arenado led the team for the first month of the season, Goldschmidt has ascended to the top of the Cardinals’ leaderboards in numerous categories. He has a stranglehold on the hits, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS first-place positions for the Cards.

While he is still second in total RBIs for the season, he is quickly catching Arenado for the team lead in that category as well. Goldy has 18 RBIs in this current hot streak; Arenado has eight RBIs over the same period of time.

With Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader excelling in their respective positions in the lineup, Goldschmidt has driven in plenty of runs at the top of the order. Alternating between batting second and third, he has a 14-game hit streak and has made his claim for being an All-Star once again.

Goldschmidt has yet to commit an error this season. In 301 full innings, he has had 319 total defensive chances, and he has answered the call each and every time. That level of consistency from a fielder is rare, let alone from a first baseman.

When combining his offensive and defensive production this season, Goldschmidt has been the best Cardinal in the daily rotation, especially in the month of May. With O’Neill on the shelf and Arenado beginning to struggle, the Redbirds will need Goldy more than ever as we approach the summer months.

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