Paul Goldschmidt and the Cardinals Just Might Be the Most Exciting Team in MLB

Before we get to how they’re flipping the script in 2022, is it fair to first establish that the St. Louis Cardinals have a reputation for being boring?

Why, yes. It is. Google knows. Run a search for “Cardinals boring,” and the results range from Reddit threads to blog posts to even acceptance from within the organization.

“We are boring,” president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told Bob Nightengale of USA Today back in March 2015, also adding: “Vanilla are our colored sprinkles.”

That the Redbirds went on to win 100 games that year is perhaps the ultimate proof that being entertaining and being good are not mutually inclusive. From a broader perspective, there’s also the fact that the Cardinals won the most games of any National League team between 2000 and 2021 despite their bland rap. Say what you will about the oft-mocked and vaguely defined “Cardinal Way,” but there was something to it.

Yet in spite of all the familiar faces that are still in the Cardinals dugout on any given day, there’s just something different about this year’s team. Heck, something special.

At 32-23 for the season, the Cardinals quite good once again in 2022. They’re also getting better, as their 12-5 run in their last 17 games has put them within a half-game of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. What’s more, Milwaukee’s plus-26 run differential isn’t even half of St. Louis’ plus-54 mark.

While this is pretty much business as usual for the Cardinals, what’s not is that they’re also just unusually fun to watch. In specific and very much quantifiable ways to some extents, yet also in ways that are very much not to other extents.

Back in April, the Cardinals hitter who was making it impossible to look away was Nolan Arenado. The veteran third baseman had one of the best months of his career, hitting .375 with five home runs to earn NL Player of the Month honors.

More recently, Paul Goldschmidt has stolen the spotlight from Arenado and, well, basically every other hitter in Major League Baseball.

The 34-year-old followed up Arenado’s triumphant April with his own Player of the Month-winning effort in May, hitting .404 with 10 home runs and 33 runs driven in. He’s the first player to hit all three of those marks in any month since Cody Bellinger in April of 2019, and only the ninth all-time to do it in May.

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