Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis Cardinals Wins NL MVP Award
On a night of big names being honored and big things to come, there was a special feeling in the air, and it was a very special feel for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals came away with the National League’s most valuable player award.
The Cardinals have certainly gotten off to a strong start to the season, winning four straight games and coming within three outs of a 5-4 finish in the seventh inning of this one, losing, however, on an error. With that loss, the Cardinals finish the season with an amazing 11-2 mark, good for one of the most impressive runs in the franchise’s short history.
The Cardinals’ win streak is not the only reason that the Cardinals were honored by the award. In a close race with the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinal’s season came up just short. While the Cardinals have the second best record in the National League right now, the Cubs had the better pitching staff, and the Cardinals had the better overall record in the division. However, on the night, the Cardinals were able to overtake the Cubs in the voting, winning the trophy for the second consecutive year, and for the third time since the inception of the award.
The winner of this year’s award was a young man named Carlos Gonzalez, who has been playing on the St. Louis Cardinals since he was 16 and still is a teenager. The 20-year-old Gonzalez will represent his team in all of the major league baseball tournaments this year, all of which are going to be televised on Fox. If he isn’t able to make it to the World Series, he has a chance to make it to the post season for the Cardinals with the Rookie’s League team.
The Cardinals will host the defending champion Washington Nationals this weekend, and the Nationals will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The two teams have the second and third best records in the National League right now, respectively, but the Nationals have the better run differential. The Phillies’ record in the post season is.500, one homer short of the NL East cellar-dweller.
The Cardinals’ new-found success can be attributed to their dominant pitching staff, and Gonzalez has been able to help bring that about in the