Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story likely out for the season - Ryan Schoppe / Purple Row
The Rockies got what probably amounts to the worst news of their season yesterday when they learned that Trevor Story tore the UCL in his left thumb and needs surgery that will likely keep him out of action for the rest of the season.
It's disappointing on multiple fronts: First and foremost, Story's contributions at the plate have been one of the many reasons why this team has overshot preseason expectations to this point. He's been a staple in the lineup all season, and now the batting order loses some depth.
Beyond this though, you have to feel bad for Story on a personal level. He's worked extremely hard to get his game to this point and now he's likely done for the season just as the calendar flips to August. I was really looking forward to seeing him break Wilin Rosario's club record for home runs by a rookie, but if he can't come back, Rosario's 28 bombs in 2012 will remain one ahead of Story's 27 long balls this season.
Then there's also the fact that Story's new title of most home runs by an NL rookie shortstop might already be in danger as Corey Seager has 18 home runs with about a third of the season left. If he keeps going on his current pace, he'll end up right around Story's 27 marker here.
After yesterday's news, I really have to wonder if the baseball gods have a giant water fountain at the entrance to their kingdom that runs solely on the tears Rockie fans cry when they lose their star shortstops to stupid injuries. It certainly would explain a lot.
Strong stretch of play spurs inaction at deadline for Rockies - Nick Kosmider / Denver Post
Jeff Bridich spoke yesterday about the club's decision to stand pat at the deadline, stating that none of the deals out there really made sense for the club. With the inactivity this summer, the club has now only made three trades during the last 365 days:
1) Rex Brothers to the Cubs for Wander Cabrera
2) Tommy Kahnle to the White Sox for Yency Almonte
3) Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padlo to the Rays for Jake McGee and German Marquez
We'll have to see if this trend continues into the off season but right now the Rockies seem to believe they have enough in house to get to where they want to go.
Rockies handle Dodgers as Carlos Gonzalez picks up slack in Story's absence - Nick Kosmider / Denver Post
Back on the field, the Rockies won for the tenth time in the last twelve games to once again reach .500 and pull withing 3.5 games of the second Wild Card spot. With tonight's pitching match up favorable for Colorado again, they could wake up tomorrow north of .500 for the first time since mid May.