Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt homered again on Thursday afternoon, belting a solo shot off of Joe Musgrove in the fourth inning. He finished 2-for-3 in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win, polishing off a four-game series sweep.
The Pirates’ broadcast booth did not complain about Goldschmidt running up the score, thankfully.
Goldschmidt has now homered in four consecutive games, all against the Pirates. His OPS went from .759 to .794, now slashing .253/.340/.454 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI, and 62 runs scored on the season.
The record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, held by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long, and Don Mattingly. As impressive as homering in four consecutive games is, Goldschmidt is still only halfway towards the record.
With Thursday’s action in the books, the Pirates are now nine games out of first place in the NL Central while the Cardinals are tied with the Cubs in first place.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.