Evan Gattis has struck out in eight straight plate appearances

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The Astros knew that they’d have to live with strikeouts when they acquired Evan Gattis from the Braves over the winter, but this is a little extreme.

Gattis went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts for the second straight day on Thursday against the Indians. That’s not a category you want to be in. According to Baseball Reference, Gattis is the first player in Astros history to strike out four times in consecutive games. He’s also the first player since at least 1914 with two four-strikeout games within his team’s first three games in a season. Yikes.

Now 0-for-11 on the year and hearing boo-birds from the home crowd in Houston, Gattis summed up how he felt to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:

“It’s embarrassing,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’ve never done [0-for-4 with four strikeouts] in my career before [Wednesday], and then two in a row. … Yeah, it’s disappointing. I’m just a better hitter than what I’ve done so far this year.”

The all-time record for consecutive strikeouts from a non-pitcher is nine, which is shared by Mark Reynolds, Bo Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Eric Davis, Steve Balboni, and Adolfo Phillips. There’s some decent company in there, but Gattis will hope to avoid joining that club next time out.

Correction: Brian McTaggart informs me that the record for a non-pitcher was actually set by Rick Ankiel in 2013, with strikeouts in 10 consecutive plate appearances. So Gattis is two away. My apologies on that.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.