Paul Goldschmidt ended his 22-game home run drought

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Paul Goldschmidt is still one of the top candidates for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, but the Diamondbacks’ first baseman had been slumping for nearly a month. Since July 28, the day after his most recent home run, and August 21, he had compiled a .647 OPS with only five extra-base hits — four doubles and a triple — in 99 plate appearances.

The slump led some to speculate that Goldschmidt was hiding an injury, but manager Chip Hale shot down that idea, as Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Goldschmidt busted out of his slump early on Saturday against the Reds, drilling a two-run home run to the opposite field against Anthony DeSclafani, pushing his team’s lead to 3-0. Goldschmidt is now sitting on a .329 average, 23 home runs, 91 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases.

Kyle Schwarber: Before and After

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It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear¬† a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.

Which brings us to Kyle Schwarber. All offseason long we’ve been getting reports about Schwarber working out, losing weight and, of course, getting into The Best Shape of His Life. And some of those pics have definitely shown a young man who has cut fat and gotten lean. Good for him!

Let’s see how that translates to Schwarber in uniform. Here is is at spring training last year:

MESA, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Chicago Cubs Photo Day on February 21, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 

Here he is toward the end of last season:

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 09: at Wrigley Field on September 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

And here he is now:

MESA, AZ – FEBRUARY 20: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Chicago Cubs Photo Day on February 20, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Nice goin’, kid.