PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't explicitly say anything Sunday about Paul Goldschmidt's chances of making the National League All-Star team. But when it comes time to select reserves for the Midsummer Classic squad, don't be at all surprised if Bochy, who will pilot the NL All-Stars, makes sure that Goldschmidt is among the selections.
Bochy referred to Goldschmidt, who has spent less than two seasons in the Majors, as a "difference maker" and "impact player." Said Bochy, "You just hope your pitchers make pitches against him, particularly late in the ballgame."
By any measure, Goldschmidt has been impressive. Entering Sunday, he was hitting .315 with four homers and 19 RBIs in his previous 20 games against the Giants. He had driven in at least one run in eight consecutive games, tying Luis Gonzalez's 2002 franchise record. Goldschmidt also sported a 3.7 WAR (wins above replacement), second in the Majors only to Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez at 3.9.
"He's an all-around ballplayer," Bochy said of Goldschmidt, citing his baserunning and his defense at first base. "I don't know him, but he looks like he's got great makeup."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.