Stud: Paul Goldschmidt
May Stats (27 G): .404/.471./.817, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 20 R, 24 SO
Arguably the best player in all of baseball during the month of May and the likely NL Player of the Month, Paul Goldschmidt has been on an absolute tear this month and has forced his way into the MVP conversation.
After starting off the season a little slow, Goldschmidt began to heat up at the end of April until he became white hot during May. His 1.288 OPS showed just how elite he was at the plate and he did this all without protection from the two other sluggers in the MV3 trio coming into the season (more on that later). He even set a franchise record for extra base hits during the month of May.
Goldschmidt’s bat continues to be paired with his Gold Glove caliber defense at first base. Historically, he heats up in the summer months and comes on strong later in the year for MVP talk. With how Goldschmidt is playing thus far, the Cardinals could legitimately see him finish at least top 3 in MVP voting, if not take home his first career MVP by seasons end.