Trevor Story added another home run to his early season totals in last night's 9-0 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, and with it appearance in the record books. Story tied Jose Abreu's record for the most home runs in April by a rookie with 10. Abreu did it in 2014 for the Chicago White Sox, and went on to win Rookie of the Year, a Silver Slugger, and a spot on the AL All-Star team that season. When asked about this latest milestone, Story brushed off the drama. His focus for now remains on the success of his team. Around the clubhouse, Story continues to win the high praise of his teammates and coaching staff, who aren't shy to gawk at the rookie's incredible spring.
Story also tied George Scott's record for the fastest player to hit 10 home runs at 21 games. Scott did it in 1966 for the Boston Red Sox. Story hit 10 homers for both Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Albuquerque a year ago, but has managed to do it in a third as many games in the big leagues.
Veteran right hander Jason Motte, sidelined since April 3rd with right shoulder strain, has yet to throw his first regular season pitch as a Rockie. Motte joined the team in Arizona Friday, and will remain with them through the road trip, but a return to game action isn't necessarily on the horizon. Not yet three years removed from Tommy John surgery, Motte knows recovery from an arm injury is more of a waiting game than anything. A premature return would only increase odds of another DL stint later in the season, so though pain free and anxious, the 33-year old is staying patient.
While Motte waits out the healing process, the Rockies' bullpen is hurting in its own way. Strained by a struggling starting rotation, Rockies relievers have already been responsible for 85 innings of work, posting a 5.40 ERA over that stretch.
Forget Corey vs. Story: Kenta Maeda is your NL Rookie of the Year - Today's Knuckleball
Kenta Maeda didn't come into the season boasting top prospect accolades like teammate Corey Seager, or arrive in quite the same flashy fashion as the Rockies' slugger Trevor Story, but Jason Dorn of Today's Knuckleball is taking Maeda as his early season ROY pick, and he's not wrong to do so. In five starts for the Dodgers, Maeda is averaging over six innings per game with a 1.41 ERA. Dorn cites Seager's lackluster April and Story's high strikeout numbers as insufficiencies, but Maeda hasn't given anyone but opposing batters much to complain about.
Story has both a hit and a strikeout in one game against Maeda, in what may become one exciting NL West matchup to watch over the course of the two's rookie campaigns.
If you missed Ryan Freemyer's excellent breakdown of Jon Gray's early career battle with luck, make sure to give it a read. Ryan has all the numbers and figures, charts and gifs, to help you breathe a little easier on the future of the Rockies' big right hander. That is, if the BABIP gods ever loosen their grip and allow Gray to be the pitcher the organization needs him to be.