Can Paul Goldschmidt go 3 for 3?
The St. Louis Cardinals star slugger took a huge step toward a feat that has not been accomplished in the National League in a very long time. Goldschmidt hit two dingers and drove in five RBIs in the Cardinals’ 8-3 victory Thursday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Goldschmidt’s three hits cemented his lead in the batting race (.339), he took over the lead in RBIs (105), and he left the Windy City with 33 home runs, now two behind the leader in that category, Phillies player Kyle Schwarber, who has 35 homeruns.
In the past 100 years, Triple Crown has been won in Major League Baseball 12 times but not in the NL since St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Joe Medwick accomplished the feat in 1937.
National League Triple Crown winners
|1937||Joe Medwick||STL||.374, 31 HR, 154 RBI|
|1933||Chuck Klein||PHI||.368, 28 HR, 120 RBI|
|1925||Rogers Hornsby||STL||.403, 39 HR, 143 RBI|
|1922||Rogers Hornsby||STL||.401, 42 HR, 152 RBI|
|1912||Heinie Zimmerman||CHC||.372, 14 HR, 104 RBI|
|1878||Paul Hines||PRO||.358, 4 HR, 50 RBI|
Goldschmidt spoke about the Triple Crown:
“If something like that happens, it would be a miracle,” Goldschmidt said. “To think that’s realistic is probably pretty far-fetched. If something like that happened, it would be amazing. To think that’s a goal for anyone — that’s kind of a crazy standard to try to meet.”
Albert Pujols spoke about his teammate’s quest for the Crown:
“It’s pretty awesome what he’s doing. It’s so special,” said Pujols, who amazed Goldschmidt earlier in the week when he hit a neck-high fastball for a home run in St. Louis’ 1-0 victory on Monday. “He’s having an MVP year and it’s exciting because he’s been carrying the ballclub most of the year. He’s always been a heck of a player while watching him from the other side, and to see him do it as a teammate, it’s even more special.”
Goldschmidt is currently listed at +450 to win the Triple Crown. If you want to bet against him pulling off the rare feat the line is -550.
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This will be a fun story to follow, if he can pull it off, he’ll live on forever in the record books. Between Goldschmidt and Pujols chase for greatness, the Cardinals are turning into must watch TV.
I’m not so sure Goldy is going to do it, but it might be worth a flyer at +425.
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