If you don’t live on the west coast, it might be hard to stay up late and watch Rockies games. For you night owls, then you might have noticed a certain duo tearing the cover off the ball, and they’ve been doing it all season long.
Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb of the Arizona Diamondbacks have quietly been the best duo in baseball.
The Diamondbacks are 39-26, and two games back of the Colorado Rockies in the National League West. They’re a Major League best 25-9 at home, and they’ve done it on the backs of their corner infielders. As of Saturday, Lamb and Goldschmidt are tied for first in RBI’s (103), first in runs (94), second in walks (79), tied for fourth in extra-base hits (40) and tied for eighth in home runs (29).
We already know about Goldschmidt’s abilities at first base with two Gold Gloves. Birds have even tried, and failed to get him to commit an error.
This year, he’s up to his usual work at the plate as well, but he’s really outdone himself in the month of June. He has a .370 batting average, .528 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage. Not to mention, he has more walks than strikeouts this month.
On Sunday, Goldschmidt broke Stephen Drew’s club record by reaching base safely for the 38th consecutive home game.
As for Jake Lamb, he’s probably had a more underrated season than Goldy. His 57 RBI’s lead baseball. Nolan Arenado might have to pick up the pace to keep his RBI crown. Since Jake Lamb only hits .138 against left handers, he has to do all of his work against righties, and he does just that with a .322 batting average, .417 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage against righties.
Lamb was on the final All-Star ballot last year, but this year he’s a legitimate All-Star candidate.
Manager Torey Luvollo is doing both of them a favor batting them right next to each other in the lineup. Goldy is going to be in the lineup every day, but when Lamb is behind, him he gets more pitches to hit because teams can’t walk them both.
With A.J. Pollock and Yasmany Tomas both on the disabled list, Goldy and Lamb are going to have to continue to carry this team if they are to keep up with the Rockies and Dodgers.