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.
MLB : Story Time at Wrigley Field
Trevor Story's MLB career is off to a pretty good start: seven home runs in eight games. He'll lead the Colorado Rockies (4-4, +0.20 units) into Wrigley Field Friday afternoon to face the Chicago Cubs (7-1, +5.77 units), starting at 2:20 PM ET on the MLB Network.
Story's hot start has taken some of the spotlight away from the Cubs, who remain the top favorites on the World Series futures market at +500. But they'll have to do it without left fielder Kyle Schwarber (.842 OPS last year), who's expected to miss the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments.