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MLB Barometer: What's Next for Andujar?

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

So, I guess Paul Goldschmidt is fixed.

The D-backs wrapped up a stretch of the schedule that featured five out of seven series away from Chase Field, with the two home series coming against the Reds and Marlins -- the two worst pitching staffs in Major League Baseball based on team WAR entering play Wednesday.

Last week, Goldy went 16-for-25 over the course of six games against the Giants and Rockies, raising his season OPS by 152 points during that span (from .721 to .873).

The problems that have plagued Goldschmidt have been mostly at Chase Field, but his strikeout rate is still at its highest level (28.4%) since his rookie season in 2011 (29.9%), as elevated fastballs have given him trouble throughout the year.

It would be difficult to find a player who was more of a ‘riser’ over the course of the past week, but there are several performances of note covered below.

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