Trevor Story’s Ridiculous First Week in the Majors Continues on Friday
There have been many players who have had incredible starts to their Major League careers, but, simply put, no player in the game’s history has begun his career the way Trevor Story has.
On Friday, Story belted his fifth and sixth home runs of his short career making him the first player to hit six home runs in the first five games of his career. In fact, the only other player to hit six home runs in his team’s first five games to start any season was fellow Colorado Rockie Larry Walker, who did so in 1997.
Story joined the elite club when he homered in the fourth and ninth inning of the Rockies 13-6 loss to the San Diego Padres. His streak started against Zack Greinke when he homered twice against him on Opening Day. He was just the seventh player to hit two home runs off Greinke in one game.
No other rookies even compare to Story’s start and just a small handful of players have even started their season the way story has. There have only been three players in Major League history who have hit six home runs in their team’s first six games (Willie Mays in 1964, Mike Schmidt in 1976 and Walker in 1997). Each of those three went on to lead the National League in home runs in those years.
Only 21 players have hit as many as five home runs over his team’s first six games of the season. That list includes sluggers like Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey and Gabby Hartnett. Story was the first player in Major League history to homer in four straight games to start his career and is just the fifth player to homer in each of his team’s first four games to start a season. In Bonds’ record-setting 2001 season in which he hit 73 home runs, it took him 12 games to reach six home runs.
A home run by Story tomorrow would make him the only player to hit seven home runs in his team’s first six games. He will be facing lefty Drew Pomeranz on Saturday, who pitched his first three years for the Rockies from 2011-2013. Pomeranz has allowed an average of one home run per nine innings over his five-year career
Perhaps the most amazing stat about Story is that he only has seven hits in the early season, six of which are home runs.
It’s unlikely that Story will go on to top Bonds’ record of 73 home runs and he may not even hit 40, but his start is better than all of the players in the game’s most historic home run seasons.
Here’s a look at how Story stacks up against some of the legendary seasons in Major League history through their first five games.
Babe Ruth 1927: 1, final total 60
Jimmie Foxx 1932: 4, final total 58
Roger Maris 1961: 0, final total 61
Mickey Mantle 1961: 4, final total 54
Willie Mays 1965: 2, final total 52
Mark McGwire 1998: 4, final total 70
Sammy Sosa 1998: 1, final total 66
Sammy Sosa 2001: 1, final total 64
Trevor Story 2016: 6, final total ?