Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 5 players to watch
By Kevin Henry
Story will be playing in front of the Coors Field faithful for the first time since injuring his left shoulder in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs on May 9. Will they see a different Story than the one who was struggling before his injury?
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At the time of his injury, Story was hitting just .180 with 48 strikeouts in 111 at-bats. He had also walked just 17 times on the season. However, he started to show glimpses of promise in his return to the lineup on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Against the Phillies, Story went 1-for-2 with a double and also walked twice to boost his average to .186 on the season. He also didn’t strike out and showed some patience on pitches he might have swung at earlier in the season.
Story also homered in the third inning of Thursday’s 2-1 extra-inning loss in the City of Brotherly Love.
Will the time away be the thing to help get Story back on track? It’s very possible. Additionally, he knows that the Rockies have found players in Pat Valaika and Alexi Amarista who have performed well in his absence. Competition can often be a cure for problems at the plate as well.
Story has just 22 hits this season. Seven of those are doubles and seven are home runs. Power has been his game since he came into the league but knocking some singles here and there against the Cardinals could help kickstart Story at the plate as well.