J.D. Martinez didn’t need Paul Goldschmidt to complete his stunning reclamation, and Goldschmidt didn’t need Martinez to become one of the game’s greatest players. Yet, here they are, two months after becoming teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they have no idea how great they'd be right now without one another. Goldschmidt, 30, was already a five-time All-Star first baseman before Martinez’s arrival, but Martinez is not only giving Goldschmidt a chance to reach the postseason for the first time since his rookie season, but also win his first National League MVP award. Martinez, 30, was already going to be a highly-paid free agent outfielder at the season’s conclusion, but it’s Goldschmidt who is helping him become richer than he ever dreamed, producing numbers that has captured everyone’s attention. Together, they have the Diamondbacks on the brink of their first playoff berth since 2011, with an 8 1/2-game lead to clinch a wild-card berth, and a five-game bulge over the Colorado Rockies to have the wild-card game played at home. They have become the D'backs’ most dynamic duo since the days of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, only mortifying teams at the plate instead of the mound. Martinez and Goldschmidt have combined for 36 home runs and 87 RBI since playing their first game together July 19 after Martinez was traded from the Detroit Tigers. Martinez, with 23 homers, including a four-homer game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, has hit the second-most homers in the majors since his arrival, with 49 RBI, a .720 slugging percentage and 1.076 OPS.
Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez: Powerful bromance blooms in desert for Diamondbacks
USA Today | Sep 19