There's More to the Story: Trevor Has That Knack When It Counts
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was asked about his recent success.
"This is a tough game," said Story. "It knocks you down more times than not. You know the game is about failures."
Actually, it's about dealing with the failures in a world where being successful 30 percent of the time -- like in hitting .300 -- is considered success.
Right now, Story is enjoying success. After opening the season hitting .177, he has hit .423 in his last eight games, and made a major statement in the Rockies 8-0 victory against the Padres on Tuesday night.
After drawing a first-inning walk, helping set up a two-run Rockies rally, he followed up a bases-loading walk to Nolan Arenado by taking two fastballs.On a 1-1 count, he turned on yet another Eric Lauer fastball, and unloaded the second grand slam of his career.
"You always pay attention to the at-bats in front of you," Story said. "Against a guy like Nolan and right-handers, I really pay attention. But at the end of the day, I am just trying to get something up and to put my best swing on it."
Right now, the rest of the Rockies would be wise to pay attention to Story with the way he has hit in the eight games prior to Thurday.
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What Story has done this April is emerge as a primary run-producer on the Rockies. His 18 RBI going into Wednesday lead the team, three ahead of Charlie Blackmon, five more than Ian Desmond, and six more than Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu.
It is a sign of his emergence in clutch situations. He has only hit .250 in the month, but with runners in scoring position he checks in at .542.
"Just being ready to hit," Story said of his run-producing efforts. "Not trying to do too much. I think that helps me a lot. Less is more for me in a lot of ways. Just trying to put my best swing on it and not do too much."
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And it shows in his overall approach. He may be hitting .250 for the month but when there are men on base, and when he is hitting cleanup he takes his offensive game to the next level.
His value to the lineup is evident. He is at his best in games the Rockies win. But it has been that way since he arrived in the big leagues. While is average is down this year, his run production remains high in the victories. He has a career .300 average in victories, which is 48 points higher than his overall average, and 91 points higher than his average in losses.