Paul Goldschmidt is on a tear, but he's about to face one of the best young pitchers in the NL. In his first scheduled meeting with rookie sensation Shelby Miller, Goldschmidt will try to continue his torrid hitting and help the Diamondbacks cap this four-game series with a third straight win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Goldschmidt is one of the biggest reasons Arizona (34-25) is atop the NL West, and he continues to be the club's biggest threat at the plate. The first baseman -- who had 20 homers and 82 RBIs last year -- leads the team in 2013 with a .336 average and 14 homers, and his 53 RBIs are tops in the league.
"He's on a roll, and he's really carrying us," manager Kirk Gibson said of Goldschmidt, who could be in line for an All-Star appearance next month. "He's got a great approach up there. He's a huge cog for us, and he's getting better."
Goldschmidt has made his presence felt over the last 11 games, batting .413...