The Colorado Rockies are at a crossroads right now with the 2013 Major League Baseball season under two months away. Colorado struggled through the 2012 season and was without Troy Tulowitzki for the final four months of the year. Tulowitzki must come back better than ever for the Rockies or it may be another very long year for the team.
Colorado is now dealing with the arrest of first baseman Todd Helton on possible DUI charges. That just clouds the picture even more for the team. Helton will be available for Opening Day but is on the downside of his career. The team’s success or failure all boils down to two players in Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Tulowitzki in particular has to remain healthy the entire 2013 season. It became very apparent early on that the team can’t afford to have Tulowitzki out of their lineup because there is not enough firepower there.
The National League West is stacked with talent and it is going to be an uphill climb for the Rockies this coming season but if Tulowitzki can perform at least somewhat close to his normal statistics, Colorado will not be as bad as they were last year. The Rockies don’t have the pitching to keep games close and has to depend on a lot of 10-8 games to survive. Those offensive numbers have to come from a player like Tulowitzki. He plays the most important position on the infield at shortstop and is signed through 2020. If Colorado struggles again this season though, I would expect the Rockies to explore the possibility of trading Tulowitzki at the trade deadline or next offseason to get prospects.