This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
So, I guess Paul Goldschmidt is fixed.
The D-backs wrapped up a stretch of the schedule that featured five out of seven series away from Chase Field, with the two home series coming against the Reds and Marlins – the two worst pitching staffs in Major League Baseball based on team WAR entering play Wednesday.
Last week, Goldy went 16-for-25 over the course of six games against the Giants and Rockies, raising his season OPS by 152 points during that span (from .721 to .873).
The problems that have plagued Goldschmidt have been mostly at Chase Field, but his strikeout rate is still at its highest level (28.4%) since his rookie season in 2011 (29.9%), as elevated fastballs have given him trouble throughout the year.
It would be difficult to find a player who was more of a 'riser' over the course of the past week, but there are several performances of note covered below.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG – Despite an 0-for-6 showing in the first two games of the series against the Marlins this week, Crawford is hitting .329/.377/.522 with eight homers and 32 RBI through 65 games this season. The biggest difference in his underlying numbers appears to be success making hard contact against breaking pitches. After hitting .159 with a .212 slugging percentage against breaking balls in 2017, Crawford is hitting .309 with a .500 slugging percentage against breaking balls in 2018. It should be noted, however, that this new-found success might not be