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Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 11:03 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The Rockies are 10-2 and Troy Tulowitzki is in the proverbial zone.

In a double-header Thursday against the Mets -- at the pitcher-friendly Citi Field, mind you -- Tulowitzki hit a home run in each game. He now leads the majors with seven. No one else has more than five. But that isn't anywhere close to the extent of the power surge.

Tulowitzki has now homered four consecutive games in Citi Field. This is the Mets' third season playing in that venue, and no Mets player has ever homered in consecutive games in the same series there. (thanks, Jayson Stark of ESPN)

In his last 40 games, dating back to last September 3, Tulowitzki has 22 home runs. Pro-rated over the course of 162 games, that's a pace for 89 home runs.

He's not just hitting home runs, either. He went 10-16 with eight RBI in the four-game series at Queens.

Overall, Tulowitzki has drawn 12 walks while only striking out five times. His on-base percentage is .500, which goes nicely with that .364 batting average. With 14 RBI, he's now tied with Prince Fielder for the major-league lead. He leads the majors in slugging percentage (.909) by a pretty decent margin. His OPS is a robust 1.409.

And all this with four hitless games (totaling 16 at-bats). He has at least one extra-base hit in every single game he's collected a hit. The most amazing thing about this is the Rockies have only played four of their 12 games in the hitter's haven that is Coors Field -- humidor or no, Coors was the top ballpark for runs and second for home runs in 2010 (and has never been outside the top 10 in homers).

The Rockies return home for a six-game homestand, beginning with a weekend series against the Cubs -- who sport a 5.06 ERA, good for 25th in baseball. Only five teams have allowed more home runs, too.

Memo to Mike Quade: Maybe just put Tulowitzki on a few times?

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Comments

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

You are so right NMBronco1. It has always been a thorn in my side that Tulo was robbed of ROY in 2007 and that he should have had 2 other Gold Gloves by now (the lone exception being his injury plagued year in 2008) because his defense is spectacular and incomparable but the Gold Gloves were awarded to Rollins instead based on reputation rather than ability. Every time I think about it my blood pressure goes up. Tulo is the gold standard defensively and now his offensive statistics are approaching amazing.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 8:16 am
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

Not mentioned is that as hot as Tulo has been at the plate, he's also made many amazing plays in the field too.  Troy Tulowitzski was robbed in the ROY voting in 2007 and should have had at least 2 or 3 Gold Gloves by now as he can make throws no other shortstop in the game can make.  Stay tuned - the Rockies are a team on a mission this year and plan on playing all the way through Rocktober.




Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:39 am
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

what about putting Tulo in the three spot, with cargo at cleanup? That's protection.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:27 am
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

I have loved Tulo's ability since he first joined the Rockies in 2007 but this year is beyond my wildest hopes so far. He is streaky but if he could stay consistent this season should be a wondrous thing to watch. His defensive capabilities have always been the key for me but since September his offense has caught up to his defense. He is the complete package and such a fun player to watch. He isn't a prima donna either like so many of the stars in baseball. He knows what his responsibility is and doesn't let a huge contract go to his head.

Jason Giambi said one time during the offseason that he wished he could stay for the remainder of Tulo's contract but he would probably have to go up to the plate with a walker. The players respect him and he is the catalyst for the Rockies. If Tulo can stay hot the Rockies have a chance to go deep in the playoffs depending on the health and quality of the starting pitching.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:27 am
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

I have loved Tulo's ability since he first joined the Rockies in 2007 but this year is beyond my wildest hopes so far. He is streaky but if he could stay consistent this season should be a wondrous thing to watch. His defensive capabilities have always been the key for me but since September his offense has caught up to his defense. He is the complete package and such a fun player to watch. He isn't a prima donna either like so many of the stars in baseball. He knows what his responsibility is and doesn't let a huge contract go to his head.

Jason Giambi said one time during the offseason that he wished he could stay for the remainder of Tulo's contract but he would probably have to go up to the plate with a walker. The players respect him and he is the catalyst for the Rockies. If Tulo can stay hot the Rockies have a chance to go deep in the playoffs depending on the health and quality of the starting pitching.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

Yes, he is off to a great start, but the biggest question is "when will he come back down to earth?"

Right now, Tulo is healthy and banging away.  If he can avoid the injury bug, he has a shot at having the year of his career.  The Rockies need to figure out what they're going to do with the line-up when teams start pitching around him, though, since Wiggington behind him is not "protection".

I think it would be great for baseball if he stayed healthy and had a monster season.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

I'd trade A-Rod & Jeter for Tulo right now. What a monster. Between September of last season & the start of this season he has hit 23 HRs and played Gold Glove caliber SS. So far he is a runaway for NL MVP.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

A minor correction. The Rockies have only played FOUR of their 12 games in....Coors Field



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Scorching hot Tulowitzki powering Rockies

Tulo has enormous ability, but has been a little streaky in the past,  If he becomes consistent he'll be among the best.  Glad to see he's off to a good (great) start.


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