Through the first 69 games of the season, who leads the Red Sox in the RBIs?
It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that it’s paced over 100 RBIs.
Yes, that’s right: there are many in the analytics crowd that will ban RBI soon.
It’s a statistic that I’ve been very proud of in the past,” Storey said. “I feel like people are kind of losing their love for it in the analytic world. But it’s one thing, playing along [Nolan] Arenado and seeing the way he did for so many years, driving in 100, was something I sought to do. I’ve done it before, and that’s something that means a lot to me. I love coming in those places.”
Whether offensive or defensive, Storey made his best contributions at the most opportune time.
Take, for example, Tuesday, when Storey made a nice ambush to the lane by Javier Báez to finish the top of the seventh inning.
“It was a good place to just stand there and really follow my hunch,” Storey said. “I knew I might get a shot and you just track it down, I hope. I had to get up in the air a little bit and put the glove on and, like I said, trust my instincts that I would get to where I needed to be.”
Ryan Brazier, who was on the hill at the time, was smiling widely. Alex Verdugo was practically laughing as he ran back to the bunker. Even the simple story had a big smile on his face.
“That was a great play. Red Sox champion Rich Hill, who went five rounds and took the win,” said Red Sox champion Rich Hill.
There is a feeling developing with the Red Sox now that any ball hitting the general direction of the Story will be captured. This, from a short-term player playing second base for the first time in his career.
“It’s smooth,” said Xander Bogarts, the Red Sox shortstop. “It’s in that groove where it captures everything. It makes beautiful plays. I would say it’s in a really nice place now.”
Although Storey’s attack (average .223, .728 OPS) was clearly not as consistent or productive as his defense, he made his hits count.
Among his 11 home hurdles, he has four triple jacks and a grand slam. Seven of his 11 long balls tied the score or put the Red Sox ahead. Boston has won its past 15 games when Story had at least one RBI. Sox is aged 20-4 this season when Story leads at least one round.
“I think it’s a little bit smaller in those situations, and I think that helps me a lot,” Storey said. “I’m just trying to use the entire field and start in the leadership line. That works really well for me.”
The story basically hit hole number 6 in a team that includes Devers, Martinez and Bogaerts in the most prominent spots in the standings. When he’s gone, Boston’s attack is hard to contain.
“He’s got some big RBIs, he comes in some big moments and he destroys mistakes,” Bogarts said.