DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story will attempt to continue his uncanny power hitting against D-backs right-handed ace Zack Greinke in tonight's National League Wild Card Game.Story is 8-for-24 (.333) with four home runs and a double after taking Greinke deep twice last year on Opening Day in his Major
DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Trevor Story will attempt to continue his uncanny power hitting against D-backs right-handed ace Zack Greinke in tonight's National League Wild Card Game.
Story is 8-for-24 (.333) with four home runs and a double after taking Greinke deep twice last year on Opening Day in his Major League debut. This year, he is 4-for-14 with two homers in 14 at-bats.
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It has been an on-again, off-again season for Story, who finished the regular season with a .239 batting average and led the NL with 191 strikeouts. He played in 10 more games that the runner-up, the Padres' William Myers (180). But Story turned on at the right time. Since Sept. 1, he hit .265 (29-for-108) with six of his 24 total homers, and 22 of his 82 RBIs.
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The history favors Story tonight, but Story shakes his head and laughs at any suggestion that he has some sort of secret to hitting Greinke, who will be making his 10th postseason start, while Story will be making his first appearance.
Story said Greinke's savvy could psyche out a hitter, but he refuses to fall into a match of wits.
"He's that kind of pitcher, but I'm definitely not that kind of hitter," Story said. "I don't want to think along with guys like that. I just go up there and compete with my eyes."
• Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra's last multi-hit game was Sept. 19, when he went 2-for-4 with an RBI at San Francisco. Since then, he is 1-for-27 with one walk and five strikeouts. It's a bad time to slump. He has made one start since Sept. 25, as manager Bud Black has gone with Ian Desmond in left field and Mark Reynolds at first base.
Parra is 12-for-41 with a double and an RBI in his career against Greinke and provides defense because he is an experienced outfielder. However, Desmond ended the regular season 16-for-57 (.281) with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs in his final 17 games. But Desmond is just 3-for-22 in his career against Greinke.
Black said Parra isn't harboring an injury, and Parra (.309, 10 HR, 71 RBIs) echoes that.
"I felt great [Sunday]," said Parra, who went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 6-3 loss to the Dodgers in the regular-season finale. "Sometimes you have bad games. But I don't think about that. We're in a playoff. I'm so happy to be at this part of the season. My body feels great, my legs feel great. When it's the playoffs, you can't feel tired."
• Reynolds (7-for-36 in his career with four homers off Greinke) was delighted one of his former teams, the Cardinals, knocked off the Brewers in the penultimate regular-season game to send the Rockies to the postseason. He texted thank-yous to several ex-teammates.
"Actually, [manager] Mike Matheny texted and said congrats," said Reynolds, who went to the postseason with the D-backs in 2007 but missed out on the World Series because of a sweep by the Rockies. "Me and Mike were close. I texted Matt Carpenter.
"But we had to do our job, too."
Reynolds joined the Rockies last year, re-signed this season on a Minor League deal and hit .267 with 30 homers. He said he banked on the Rockies' talent, but he is especially happy for right fielder Carlos Gonzalez. They were Minor League teammates with the D-backs.
"I've known CarGo since he was 18 years old," Reynolds said. "We celebrated in South Bend [Class A Midwest League, 2005]. We won the whole thing then. We talked about it. This is a little bit better."
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