Two MLB records collide on Friday when Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story strolls to the batters box against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
The 23-year-old rookie looks to extend his impressive streak to four games after becoming the first player in history to start his MLB career hitting home runs in three consecutive games. Story homered twice opening Day against the Diamondbacks, launched a solo shot on Tuesday, then cleared the fences with a two-run home run on Wednesday.
The stars continue to align for Story because now he gets to face the Padres, who set a record of their own in their opening 2016 campaign, by not scoring a run in any of their contests against the formidable Dodgers. No MLB team in history has ever opened their season being shut out in their first three games. On top of that, they allowed the Blue Crew to combine for a booming 25 runs.
Maybe no one should be too shocked that the Texas native could impress with his offense. Story was a consensus top-100 overall prospect going into the 2013 season. Last year the infielder played Double-A and Triple-A, where he hit .279 with 20 home runs, 80 RBI’s, 83 runs, 22 stolen bases, and a .350 OBP. Yet, four runs, seven RBI’s, four hits—all four of the hits home runs—in his first 14 plate appearances understandably raises an eye brow or two.
Sports Illustrated reports that Story’s feat separates him from 19 other players since 1913 who homered in their first two games. That group includes: Hall of Famer Earl Averill for the Indians in 1929, Todd Helton in 1997, and Joey Gallo, who did it last year for the Rangers.
The Rockies shortstop is the first player to hit a total of four homers in his first three games and becomes the first since 1900 that hit homers for his first four hits.