Colorado Rockies: 3 keys to winning the Wild Card game in Arizona
By Kevin Henry
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We all remember Trevor Story’s first game in Major League Baseball, right? Two home runs off Greinke in the 2016 MLB opener at Chase Field. It would be the start of a magical season for Story that was cut short by a thumb injury.
In his career, Story is hitting .333 (8-for-24) against Greinke with four homers and nine RBI. His 24 at-bats are the most against any Arizona pitcher, so he has seen plenty of Arizona’s ace over the last two years. It’s also very clear he is comfortable in the box against Greinke, a factor that could play big even if any postseason jitters were to set in.
Story had his best month of the season in September, posting a .262 average with six homers and 22 RBI. It was also interesting to see that Story drew the fewest walks of his season in September with just five while striking out 34 times (tied for the third-highest month of the season). Story is swinging away right now … but making more things happen with the bat than at any other time of the season.
Down the stretch, Story was put in the cleanup spot by Colorado manager Bud Black. Will we see that against the right-handed Greinke? Knowing past history, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise, even with the right-on-right matchup.