For the second time in his big league career, Paul Goldschmidt has been voted as the National League Player of the Month. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman earned the honor after hitting .308/.360/.725 with 20 runs scored, 28 hits, five doubles, 11 home runs, 27 RBI and eight walks across 25 games played in July.
“I’ve had times where I’m maybe getting more hits, but never to have home runs like this,” Goldschmidt said recently. “This is something I’ve never done–six in six games, or seven in eight. This game’s crazy. Just enjoy the good times and try to forget about the bad.”
Awarded the NL Player of the Week on July 28th, Goldschmidt is just the second player in Cardinals history to tally at least 11 home runs and 27 RBIs while batting .300-or-better in the month of July, joining Jim Edmonds (2004).
“I’m just trying to hit the ball hard,” Goldschmidt said. “The more you hit the ball hard the better chance you have of success of them not catching it.”
Goldschmidt also tied the franchise record shared by Matt Carpenter and Mark McGwire with a home run in six straight games, doing so from July 22nd-27th.
St. Louis teammate Giovanny Gallegos did not win, but received votes for the NL Reliever of the Month. Gallegos put up a record of 2-1 with a 0.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched in July.