Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt provided the bulk of the offense in his team’s 10-8 victory over the Cubs on Thursday. The slugger belted three home runs at Wrigley Field, knocking in a total of six runs over five trips to the plate. He also drew a walk.
Goldschmidt’s first blast opened the scoring in the first inning, a three-run blast off of Jose Quintana. He went yard again in the fifth, a two-run shot that boosted the D-Backs’ lead to 6-1. He tacked on a solo homer in the top of the ninth, breaking an 8-8 tie.
His second homer was an absolute blast, clearing the stands in left field.
Goldschmidt is the ninth player to have a three-homer game this season, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Kemp, Anthony Rendon, Scooter Gennett (four), Eddie Rosario, Corey Seager, Nolan Arenado, and Andrew McCutchen.
After Thursday’s performance, Goldschmidt is hitting .320/.440/.591 with 25 home runs, 85 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 466 plate appearances. According the FanGraphs, Goldschmidt (5.1) trails only Anthony Rendon (5.3) in Wins Above Replacement in the National League. The NL MVP Award conversation could be very interesting.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.