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Dexter Fowler tweets “I will get a hit” 13 times, ends 0-for-13 skid


Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler hasn’t had the best start to the 2018 season, going 0-for-13 in 14 plate appearances entering Monday’s action. Before the Cardinals’ afternoon affair in Milwaukee against the Brewers, Fowler tweeted “I will get a hit” 13 times.

It worked. After flying out to lead off Monday’s game, Fowler singled in a run in the third inning to break his hitless skid. It was his only hit on the afternoon, finishing 1-for-5 in the Cardina’s 8-4 win over the Brewers. So he’s now 1-for-18 on the season, still not great. But better than 0-for-18!

Fowler’s success inspired other struggling hitters to try their hand.

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez is 0-for-12:

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick is 0-for-7:

If both hitters end their respective skids tonight, we may have a trend on our hands. The other players hitless with double-digit at-bats are Evan Longoria (15 AB), Chris Davis (12 AB), Jose Peraza (12 AB), Andrew Benintendi (11 AB), Robinson Chirinos (11 AB), Ryon Healy (11 AB), Logan Morrison (11 AB), and Logan Forsythe (10 AB).

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.