The Chicago Cubs (7-1, +5.77 units) are already off to a great start this season. But their World Series chase has taken a back seat, for now, to the biggest story in baseball: Trevor Story. The rookie shortstop already has seven home runs in his first eight games for the Colorado Rockies (4-4, +0.20 units), who visit Wrigley Field this Friday at 2:20 PM ET on the MLB Network.
Story was a first-round pick for the Rockies in 2011, and toiled away quietly in the minors before cracking their 2016 Opening Day roster with a strong performance in spring training. He’s a power hitter with speed, both of which were on display Wednesday night when Story hit a pair of triples in a 10-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants (+150 away).
The Cubs may be winning, but their story took a turn for the worse last week when outfielder Kyle Schwarber (.842 OPS last year) tore up his left knee in a nasty outfield collision with teammate Dexter Fowler. Schwarber is expected to miss the rest of the 2016 season; Jorge Soler (.723 OPS last year) has taken over the starting spot in left field.