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.

Assist Arenado.

"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.

Date Opponent AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
4/16/2018 @Pit W 6-2 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 1
4/17/2018 @Pit W 2-0 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
4/18/2018 @Pit L 10-2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4/20/2018 ChC L 16-5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
4/21/2018 ChC W 5-2 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
4/22/2018 ChC L 9-7 4 1 3 0 1 0 2 1 1 0
4/23/2018 SD L 13-5 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1
4/24/2018 SD W 8-0 3 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 1 0
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Totals Average: .423 26 5 11 2 1 3 12 6 6 3
Before Average: .177 62 6 11 2 0 3 6 6 26 2

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."

April G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG RISP
2 0 1 6 22 102 92 19 24 4 3 10 20 9 37 1 1 0.261 0.27
2 0 1 7 26 103 90 15 15 4 0 6 13 13 39 1 0 0.167 0.246
2 0 1 8 25 102 88 11 22 4 1 6 18 12 32 5 0 0.25 0.542

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.

General PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP SLG
Runners on 48 39 12 3 1 4 16 8 13 31 0.308 0.438 0.744
Scoring Posn 24 17 6 2 1 2 12 6 7 15 0.353 0.542 0.941
ScPos/2 Out 13 9 3 1 1 1 7 3 5 8 0.333 0.538 1
Batting #4 35 32 9 1 1 2 8 3 15 16 0.281 0.343 0.563
Batting #5 20 15 3 2 0 1 5 4 6 8 0.2 0.4 0.533
Batting #6 23 19 6 1 0 1 3 3 4 3 0.316 0.435 0.526
Batting #7 24 22 4 0 0 2 2 2 7 4 0.182 0.25 0.455

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.

Wins G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG
2016 50 197 48 65 14 4 19 49 19 63 6 2 0.33
2017 74 258 46 75 17 3 19 64 30 89 4 1 0.291
2018 13 45 5 10 3 0 3 11 7 17 3 0 0.222
Totals 137 500 99 150 34 7 41 124 56 169 13 3 0.3
Losses 130 463 47 93 23 1 16 48 40 184 7 4 0.201
Career 267 963 146 243 57 8 57 172 96 353 20 7 .252

 

 

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