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Paul Goldschmidt's monstrous May has been one of the best in Cardinals history

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Few in Cardinals history have been as good over a single month as star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been in May.

Heading into the final day of the season's second month, the 34-year-old veteran and six-time all-star has placed himself among some of the Cardinals' all-time greats. 

In Monday's series opener with the San Diego, a home run gave Goldschmidt his 22nd extra-base hit of the month, tying him with Albert Pujols and Stan Musial for most in a single May in Cardinal history.

"Anytime you hear that, it's a huge compliment," Goldschmidt said.

Goldschmidt is also in the middle of a prolific streak that's lasted the entire month and then some. 

Reaching base safely in 35 straight games, Goldschmidt's on-base streak is the longest by a Cardinal since Matt Carpenter's in 2018. He also has a hit streak of 21 games, the longest of any player in 2022 and the longest by a Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick in 2009.

The hit streak has not simply been base hits, either — Goldschmidt has brought power and production historically high rate. During his 21-game streak, he has cashed 31 RBI, tied with Stan Musial during his 30-game streak in 1950 and closing in on Rogers Hornsby, who tallied 35 in his 33-game streak in 1922.

Still not convinced? His 31 RBI in May ranks second in franchise history only to Pujols' 35 in June 2009.

"I'm just trying to keep doing my job and help the team win," the ever-modest Goldschmidt said after slugging a home run on Monday. "Try to play well, help us win, and whatever else happens is outside of my control... But, hopefully, we can all play well and win some ball games."

The torrent pace has put the first basemen in the hunt for not only the National League Player of the Month and an All-Star selection, but also in the early conversation for the NL's Most Valuable Player. 

The Cardinals have won the past two NL player of the month honors, as Tyler O'Neill was awarded the final one of 2021, and Nolan Arenado won the first this year. Goldschmidt has not yet been selected player of the month during his time with the Cardinals. 


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