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Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke named Gold Glove finalists

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Not either man’s first time at this particular award rodeo!

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The candidates at the two positions are as follows:

Pitchers

  • RHP R.A. Dickey, Braves
  • RHP Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
  • RHP Zach Davies, Brewers

I’m disappointed Zack Godley wasn’t nominated instead of Dickey, simply so that we could have a trio of Zach/ks competing for the award this year. Our Zack will likely be the favorite going in, having won the title each of the past three seasons - in 2014-15 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, then last year as a Diamondback. But if the limited defensive metrics available in regard to pitchers are to be trusted, Greinke will be hard pushed to retain his title. By Baseball Info Solutions Defensive Runs Saved Above Average (DRS), all three men were solid. But both Dickey’s +7 and Davies’s +6 were superior to Greinke’s +4.

But here’s an example of Zack’s athleticism on the mound this season, leaping high to grab a chopper off the bat of Max Kepler in Minneapolis, and starting a double-play.

First base

Goldschmidt has also been honored previously, winning in both 2014 and 2016. So, his turn again this year, right? He will, however, have to dethrone the current holder in Rizzo. Votto also has one on his mantelpiece, having taken the Gold Glove at first base, back in 2011. By DRS, this one is very close: Votto is at +11, with Goldschmidt at +10 and Rizzo +9. Though Brandon Belt of the Giants might feel unfairly left out, being also +11. Ultimate Zone Rating [UZR] concurs that Votto is the best, rating him at +6.6, while Rizzo is +4.0 and Goldschmidt +3.7 - again, Belt is better still (+7.6) and I wonder if his lower innings there hurt him? He did have enough playing time to qualify.

It’s kinda hard to select just one Goldschmidt defensive play for the season, since he does everything so well. But this was a particularly smart one: letting a popped-up bunt drop to the ground, in order to start a double-play against the Rockies.

There are some former Diamondbacks also nominated elsewhere. In the American League, the Tigers’ Justin Upton is one of the candidates in left-field. I’m sure one SnakePitter will be cheering for Gerardo Parra of the Rockies, who is nominated at the same spot in the National League. And Ender Inciarte, now in Atlanta, is one of the three finalists in center. The winners in all categories, will be announced on the MLB Network on Tuesday, Nov. 7.