Rockies shortstop Trevor Story entered Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks with 32 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and 39 doubles. He doubled in the first inning and, as a result, became the first shortstop in major league history with 40-plus doubles, 30-plus homers, and 25-plus stolen bases in a single season.
The only other shortstops who came close to the milestone before Story were Jimmy Rollins in 2007 with the Phillies (30 homers, 41 steals, 38 doubles) and Alex Rodriguez in 1998 with the Mariners (42 homers, 46 steals, 35 doubles).
Story also knocked in a run with the double, putting him at 100 RBI. Rodriguez, in ’98, had 124 RBI. They’re the only such 30+ HR/100+ RBI/25+ SB seasons by a shortstop.
Story, 25, entered Tuesday’s action slashing .293/.348/.559 for the first-place Rockies. If the Rockies are able to hold off the Dodgers and D-Backs to win the NL East, Story will be a significant reason for the achievement. The Rockies have never won a division title in the club’s 25-year history.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.