After last week's piece on Marcell Ozuna, a few commenters asked for a similar analysis of Paul Goldschmidt. I do truly appreciate those that make requests for article topics because it is the biggest challenge of writing. Jeff Erickson and I got together for lunch this week while I was on a business trip out in his neck of the woods, and I confessed that my biggest challenge each week is finding a topic to write about. My typical approach is to keep a file on my phone where I jot down thoughts and observations as I hear or see things during broadcasts that I consume. I could tell you that, perhaps, Justin Anderson could get saves in Anaheim, but after watching him struggle with his fastball command, I am not sold. I could discuss the weirdness of the White Sox bullpen where Nate Jones has gone from seventh-inning work to picking up two saves this week (on my bench), but that is a narrowly focused topic.
Looking into what is wrong with a consensus first-round pick who is hitting .204/.325/.370 nearly 200 plate appearances into the season is something that everyone will want to read about and a topic that can lead to a 1,500 word count before I know it.
I want to preface this piece with a hypothesis of what is likely wrong with Goldschmidt as it was a topic of conversation during the lunch above with Jeff. We both agreed on the belief that