Colorado Rockies: 5 statistics that must improve in 2018
By Kevin Henry
Trevor Story cutting down on strikeouts
In his sophomore season, Story struck out 191 times in 503 at-bats on his way to a .239 average. It was a season that was largely a struggle until September when the 25-year-old shortstop belted six of his 24 home runs and drove in 22 of his 82 RBI. When the Rockies needed him most, Story came through … and also set the tone for what many expect to be a better third season this year.
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Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich has joined Rockies manager Bud Black and even third baseman Nolan Arenado going on record thinking that not only can Story cut down on his strikeouts in 2018, but also talking about how important it is for the Rockies offense that he puts the ball in play more this season.
With the way the Rockies lineup currently shakes out, Story could well hit in the cleanup or five hole this season. With Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Arenado hitting in front of him, it will be a key to Colorado’s offensive success for Story to be able to move them around the bases.
Rockies fans have seen the power that Story possesses and how the offense hums when he is hitting the ball. In 2018, we all hope to see that more and more.