From May 11 to May 26, the second baseman slashed .283/.365/.811 with nine home runs and 25 RBI, a phenomenal stretch of games for the star free agent signing.
Story, however, hasn’t been able to sustain that kind of performance.
Of course, it’s not easy to keep up a .800+ slugging percentage if you are not Babe Ruth, but he has struggled across the board as of late.
“Trevor Story’s swing is once again in a very bad place. 6-for-40 with 0 HR, 2 BB, 17 K over his last 10 games. Hitting .188 vs. fastballs this season,” Brandon Wile, the Score’s MLB editor, tweeted.
Trevor Story’s swing is once again in a very bad place.
6-for-40 with 0 HR, 2 BB, 17 K over his last 10 games
Hitting .188 vs. fastballs this season
— Brandon Wile (@Brandon_N_Wile) June 16, 2022
Boston Is Patiently Waiting For Some Sustained Production
His on-and-off season continues, but to be fair, he is facing some of the best pitching teams in the sport on a regular basis: the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Toronto Blue Jays all have elite staffs.
He also got off to a late start of spring training.
He is running out of excuses at this point, though.
Boston will be patient with him for several reasons: he was pricey (he signed a six-year, $140 million deal), he has a long track record of success, and they are winning.
They are 34-29, have three straight victories, and eight in their last 10 contests, so they can afford to let Story work through his struggles.
For the season, the veteran infielder is hitting .223/.309/.414 with nine homers, all coming in that aforementioned stretch.
He is good enough to rebound and be a beast the rest of the way, so that’s why Boston would be smart to patiently wait for him: they know the upside of having his best version.