Trevor Story Hits His Way to History

Trevor Story
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Since debuting with the Colorado Rockies in 2016, Trevor Story has been one of the premier hitters in all of baseball. In his first season with the Boston Red Sox he has struggled to get it going until a Thursday night in Boston when he finally obliterated some baseballs.

A Look Back

In Story’s dominant career up to this point he has shocked fans with his incredible plays at short stop and his raw power at the plate.

Since his rookie year in 2016 he has put up 24 or more homers in each full season (He only had 11 in the 60 game season in 2020). He has also put up a batting average of over .250 in six of his seven seasons, meaning he gets plenty of hits to help his team.

His best season to this point was 2018 when he put up 37 homers and 108 RBI’s with his .291 batting average. He helped lead the Rockies to an appearance in the National League Division Series.

After the Rockies struggled to get things going again after that season they started losing some of the biggest players like Nolan Arenado and then the next to go after 2021 was Trevor Story.

A New Team

The Red Sox have struggled in 2022 to say the least, as has Story. Coming into Thursday the Sox sat in 4th place in the American League East with a record of 15-22.

Story came in with some very poor numbers for his standards. He only had two homers which did not come until the 11th and 16th of May. As well as only 16 RBI and 25 hits in 122 at bats giving him a rough .205 batting average.

On Thursday, May 19, the Red Sox began a big four game series in Boston against a struggling Seattle Mariners team.

Monster Game for Trevor Story

In the top of the 2nd inning the Mariners put up four huge runs to get an early 4-0 lead. This meant big things for the Mariners who had scored less than four runs in 11 of their 17 games in May.

Unfortunately for the Mariners, Trevor Story stepped to the plate. With Alex Verdugo standing at first with no outs Story walloped a 1-0 pitch into the seats in dead center field for a two-run homer.

Then, in the bottom of the 3rd, Story once again stepped into the box with a man on first. This time, on a 2-0 pitch he launched a ball into the Green Monster for his second two-run homer in as many innings. In two at bats he matched his home run total from the first 27 games of the season.

In the 6th inning Story came to the plate with Verdugo standing at second base. He hit a bullet to center field for a single and Verdugo would end up scoring on a throwing error to put the Sox up 5-4.

The Mariners pitching collapsed and heading into the bottom of the 8th the Sox held onto a 9-5 lead. Looking to cap his night off strong, Story came up to bat in the bottom of the 8th with runners on the corners and two outs. On a 1-2 pitch he clobbered a ball over the Green Monster for his third homer of the game.

In route to a 12-6 victory, Story finished the game 4-4 with three homers, a single, a walk, a stolen base, five runs scored and seven RBI’s.

Big Picture

For Story he was able to pump up all of his numbers by a ton. That rough batting average went from .205 to .230. His RBI total went from 16 to 23 which is only five RBI behind his final total in 2020. With that many homers it only makes sense that his slugging percentage jumped a ton from .320 to .413.

Records

A four hit day does not come very often for even the best of guys and for Story this is his fifth time doing this and it is also tied for a career high. These three homers also tie a career high for a single game. He accomplished this feat once before with the Rockies on September 5, 2018 against the San Fransisco Giants when he hit three solo shots. Also matching a career best, this is his second time putting up seven RBI’s which he did with the Rockies on May 31, 2019 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

He did walk away by setting one official career high by scoring five runs as he had only ever scored three in a game before.

The craziest stat of them all is that this is third time since 1901 that a player hit three homers, scored five runs and stole a base in a single game.

Boston has a long history of success where players hit three homers in a game. During this century, this is the 15th time a Red Sox player accomplished this feat. Yet, they had a superstar named Mookie Betts who is responsible for five of the last eight occurrences. Trevor Story now implants his name in Red Sox history.

Trevor Story imprinted his name on the MLB history books on this Thursday night at Fenway Park. He is struggling to get it going this season, but a game like this can lead players to a lot more success as the season progresses. This is a star athlete who knows how to dominate so expect him to propel this Red Sox team to a bunch of wins in the coming months.

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