Over the past week, the Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop, Trevor Story, has reached a couple historic milestones.
On Tuesday, he became the first National League shortstop in history to hit 30 home runs and 40 doubles while driving in 100 runs, joining Alex Rodriguez as the only other shortstop to ever accomplish this feat. Two days later, he hit his 33rd homer onto the left field concourse, passing Troy Tulowitzki for the most home runs by a shortstop in Colorado Rockies franchise history.
Even though he has been surpassing some of these milestones, there is one quest that has come to a halt: Joining the 30 home runs/30 stolen bases club. In the last nine games, Story has failed to record a single stolen base, leaving him stuck at 25 for the season. Before that, he had stolen six bases in the previous eight games.
There are a couple reasons for his sudden lack of thievery. He went through mini four-game slump after his three-homer game where he was 1-for-15 with seven strikeouts. He has drawn one walk in his last nine games and has walked only three times in the month of September, including one that was intentional.
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The most important factor is that Trevor Story has been an extra base-hitting machine, leaving zero cause to steal a base. In his 15 hits this month, seven have gone out of the ballpark and four have been for doubles. At that torrid pace, he will be flirting with a 40-homer season rather than 30 stolen bases.
Joining the 30/30 club would be quite an accomplishment for Story. He would become the first Rockies player to do since Larry Walker in 1997 and first in Major League Baseball since Mike Trout and Ryan Braun in 2012.
It would also legitimize his MVP candidacy even more than it already is. But more importantly, it would help the Rockies achieve their main goal of winning the NL West.
He only has 15 games left in the season to do it but Trevor Story has a great shot of joining the exclusive 30/30 club … or to dream a lot bigger, the 40/30 club.