Sunday 4x4: Trevor Writing Quite a Story

Yes, Kyle Freeland shutdown the Brewers for the bulk of Saturday's 4-0 victory at Coors Field.

Freeland, however, knows the real story of what happened was Trevor Story.

It was Story who continued to emerge as a crunch-time player for the Rockies, producing all four Rockies runs with two home runs and a double. In his fourth plate appearance, in the seventh, he drew a walk.

Story got things started in the first when, after Nolan Arenado's two-out triple, Story unloaded his first home run of the night, and a 2-0 lead. Then, in the third, after Arenado doubled with two out, Story doubled, as well, and the Rockies were up 3-0. Then, in the fifth, again with two out, but this time with nobody on base, Story delivered another home run, his 10th of the season.

"Between the mental side of it and the physical side, I feel good right now," said Story. "I put a lot of work in over the winter.It's not going to be there every night but as long as I am having good at-bats I'll be all right.''

And right now the Coors Field advantage is working, well, for Story.

Comfortable at Coors

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB
Trevor Story 17 56 15 19 4 3 8 25 10 0
Nolan Arenado 17 60 12 24 2 2 3 8 9 0
Carlos Gonzalez 8 27 5 9 2 1 3 6 2 0
Ian Desmond 17 60 5 8 3 1 1 5 3 0
Chris Iannetta 11 38 4 8 3 0 2 5 3 0
Tony Wolters 10 25 2 6 0 0 0 5 5 0
DJ LeMahieu 16 71 8 18 3 0 0 4 3 0
Gerardo Parra 13 43 2 12 0 0 0 4 1 1
Charlie Blackmon 14 52 12 12 1 1 1 3 10 0
David Dahl 8 26 3 8 1 2 0 3 2 0
Ryan McMahon 11 20 3 5 1 0 0 1 6 0
Pat Valaika 11 21 0 4 2 0 0 1 0 0
Noel Cuevas 9 18 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0

Source: Stats, Inc.

This is nothing new. Story has been comfortable at Coors since he arrived in the big leagues in 2016. 

"I love it," he said. "It's a great place to hit. You see the ball here. At home, you sleep in your own bed. You get in a routine. I'm just comfortable."

And it shows. Since the start of his rookie season, 2016, he is tied with Charline Blackmon for the second most home runs at Coors Field (37), is second to Nolan Arenado with 117 RBI, and is hitting .280.

Home, Sweet Home

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO AVG OBP SLG
Nolan Arenado 174 666 143 220 49 10 47 169 76 10 113 0.33 0.396 0.646
Charlie Blackmon 160 634 154 224 34 17 37 110 73 7 105 0.353 0.427 0.636
Trevor Story 137 490 93 140 33 9 37 117 52 5 161 0.286 0.36 0.616
Carlos Gonzalez 152 547 100 176 46 2 29 112 60 2 110 0.322 0.388 0.572
Mark Reynolds 132 452 91 136 22 1 29 91 65 0 137 0.301 0.389 0.546
Gerardo Parra 125 432 65 135 33 2 11 70 18 2 72 0.313 0.34 0.475
DJ LeMahieu 170 652 131 226 40 8 10 82 82 2 83 0.347 0.419 0.479
Pat Valaika 76 127 19 32 9 0 9 33 4 0 37 0.252 0.275 0.535
Nick Hundley 48 170 19 42 12 1 6 23 14 1 38 0.247 0.303 0.435
Wil Myers 21 77 15 26 6 2 6 18 9 0 23 0.338 0.4 0.7

The Rockies were up 4-0 going into the ninth inning. There was no save on the line. That wasn't a big deal for Rockies closer Wade Davis. He was glad to get back on the mound the night after blowing a 10-8 lead in the ninth inning in a game in which he not only had two out with nobody on base, but was ahead in the count 0-2 before giving up a single and home run.

He did give up a lead-off single to Brewers infielder Hernan Perez, but then sandwiched strikeouts of Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Villar around a ground out from Travis Shaw.

"I wanted to pitch," he said. "I didn't care if the score was 50-0. I wanted to get out there and bring the intensity level up a little. When I look back (at Friday) . ... I want to go out with an edge every time. Every game you learn something."

And there is a learning process, particularly, for a pitcher who is calling Coors Field home for the first time, and had pitched only one inning in his career at Coors Field prior to this year.

Home, Road Takes Adjustments

Date Home Sv SvOP IP H R ER Date Road Sv SvOP IP H R ER
4/7/2018 Atl W 3-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 3/31/2018 Ari W 2-1 1 1 1 0 0 0
4/11/2018 SD W 6-4 1 1 1 0 0 0 4/2/2018 SD W 7-4 1 1 0.1 0 0 0
4/21/2018 ChC W 5-2 1 1 1 0 0 0 4/4/2018 SD W 5-2 1 1 1 0 0 0
4/25/2018 SD W 5-2 0 0 1 1 1 1 4/5/2018 SD W 3-1 1 1 1 1 1 1
5/8/2018 LAA W 4-2 1 1 1 1 0 0 4/13/2018 Was W 2-1 1 1 1 0 0 0
5/11/2018 Mil L 11-10 0 1 1 2 2 2 4/15/2018 Was W 6-5 1 1 1 0 0 0
5/12/2018 Mil W 4-0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4/17/2018 Pit W 2-0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 3 5 7 7 4 4 4/27/2018 Mia W 1-0 1 1 1 1 0 0
5/1/2018 CHC W 3-1 1 1 1 0 0 0
5/4/2018 NYM W 8-7 1 1 1 2 1 1
5/5/2018 NYM W 2-0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Totals 11 11 10.1 4 2 2

The Brewers have only lost 17 out of 40 games, but when they lose they usually go down easily. They have been shutout an MLB-leading eight times. That's three more times than any other MLB team, and five more times than the Rockies. The Yankees and Rangers, in fact, have not been shutout, and the Diamondbacks, Braves, Phillies, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Royals and Twins have been blanked only once.

Nine x Zero = Nothing

Team Shutout
Brewers 8
Reds 5
Marlins 5
Padres 5
Tigers 5
Dodgers 4
Giants 4
White Sox 4
Astros 4
Cubs 3
Rockies 3
Mets 3
Orioles 3