Red Sox: Trevor Story caps rebound with AL Player of the Week honors
Trevor Story has become a force for the Red Sox
What a week for Trevor Story! Boston’s big offseason signing got off to a wild start as he had a baby, food poisoning, and couldn’t seem to get into the groove at the plate. Well, Red Sox Nation, it seems that our star second baseman is heating up and becoming the guy we hoped he would be. After one of the hottest weeks at the plate that we’ve seen all season, the two-time All-Star was named the American League Player of the Week!
It’s hard to make an argument for anyone else considering what Big Trev has done these past few days. We had seen a few glimpses of the Trevor Story that dominated Coors Field but things hadn’t quite clicked for him in Boston. Welp, that seems to be a thing of the past. I wouldn’t be so bought in if it were just one game but the man absolutely dominated each and every night last week.
During his hot streak Story hit .360 with six bombs and 14 RBI. Absolutely insane stuff from a guy that the fanbase was ready to write off and throw away as a failed signing. He did more than just tear the cover off of the ball though as his work at the plate was phenomenal all around. On top of the hits, he drew five walks, showing patience that hasn’t been there through the first weeks of the season. He’s also flashed his speed and swiped a few bags during the evaluation time.
Of course, it’s still too early to know if this is just a hot streak or if this is the Trevor Story that Red Sox Nation can get used to seeing on a nightly basis. I’m going to lean toward the latter and not so much the former as we’ve seen for years what he’s capable of doing, and now he’s got his confidence in full force.
The Red Sox are digging themselves out of the massive hole they’re in thanks to their poor play to open the campaign. They just went 8-2 in their last ten games and have won three series in a row. A massive improvement over the first nearly two months of the 2022 season. A big reason, at least over the last week, has been Story’s improved play. His bat is white-hot and he’s clearly getting very comfortable over at second base.
Boston has a very friendly schedule coming up and it can allow them to get well above .500 and even start to make a dent into the deficit they find themselves in in the division. As far as the Wild Card race is concerned they’re only three games back with Toronto, Tampa, LA and the White Sox sitting ahead of them. The Sox just so happen to be in the Windy City to dance with their Southside counterparts again and they have a chance to leapfrog into that second wildcard spot.
Having the rest of the lineup producing has worked wonders for Boston’s results. Now the pressure isn’t solely on Xander Bogaerts, Raffy Devers, and J.D. Martinez. Story is a big part of that equation and we saw how much of a difference he can make when he’s firing on all cylinders. Xander was a relative non-factor in this most recent Mariners series and you may not have even noticed. Everyone else stepped up and got the job done and that’s exactly what has led this organization to championships in the past.
Congrats to Trevor on his first honor as a member of the Red Sox, I doubt it’ll be his last as well. The fellas are feeling it in every way right now and with nothing but good vibes and energy in the clubhouse don’t be surprised if they continue this tear that they’re on. There’s plenty of season left on the calendar and a hot Red Sox team will absolutely make things interesting.