photo: Paul Goldschmidt (Billy Hurst/Imagn)
MLB Press Release (extracted)
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals has been voted the National League Player of the Month for July, and first baseman Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Month.
Goldschmidt earned his second career monthly award, previously winning in June 2018 while a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Paul is the first Cardinals player to claim the NL Player of the Month Award since his teammate Matt Carpenter in July 2018. It marks the first time since Miguel Cabrera and Freddie Freeman in September 2016 that a pair of first basemen won Players of the Month.
Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
- Posted a slash line of .308/.360/.725 with 20 runs scored, 28 hits, five doubles, 11 home runs, 27 RBI and eight walks across 25 games played.
- Was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending July 28th after matching the franchise record shared by Carpenter and Mark McGwire with a home run in six straight games from July 22nd-27th. The streak was tied for the second-longest by a right-handed hitter in MLB history, trailing only Kevin Mench, who logged a seven-game streak from April 21-28, 2006.
- During his historic streak, homered in each game of St. Louis’ four-game series against the Pirates.
- Became the first Cardinals player to homer in every game of a four-game set since Ripper Collins in 1935.
- Became the second player in franchise history to tally at least 11 home runs and 27 RBI while batting .300-or-better in the month of July, joining Jim Edmonds (2004).
- Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included July’s NL Rookie of the Month Keston Hiura (.355, 33 H, 10 2B, 6 HR) and All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich (.352, 5 2B, 7 HR, 18 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers; third baseman Eugenio Suárez (.289, 19 R, 12 HR, 23 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; and third baseman Josh Donaldson (.264, 10 HR, 27 RBI, .655 SLG) of the Atlanta Braves.