At times this season, Didi Gregorius has looked like one of the best players in baseball and Paul Goldschmidt has looked like one of the worst.
Gregorius, the AL Player of the Month for April, slashed .327/.421/.735 with ten home runs and 30 RBIs in 121 plate appearances in his first 28 games. People knew that Gregorius’ performance was not sustainable, but nobody could have expected what was on the horizon for his next month.
In his 131 plate appearances since April ended, Gregorius has slashed .177/.221/.226 with just one home run and six RBIs. After all the hype that surrounded Gregorius’ first month, his season slash line is .243/.317/.450, right around his career averages. He’s been so bad, in fact, that we should almost expect Gregorius to re-regress!
On the contrary, Goldschmidt has been the antithesis to Gregorius. Over his first 48 games and 203 plate appearances, Goldschmidt was slashing .198/.320/.355 with just five home runs and 30 RBIs. His slump went on for so long that some believed that Goldschmidt’s age might be playing a factor into his poor performance.
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