It is good to see Troy Tulowitzki back in the lineup for the Colorado Rockies. After missing most of Major League Baseball’s 2012 season, Tulowitzki has started 2013 back on the mountain-top helping Colorado win three of their first four games.
Tulowitzki had surgery last year to repair his left groin. The recovery didn’t go well and he missed 115 games. Being without your starting short stop is bad for any team, but Tulowitzki isn’t just a run-of-the-mill short stop.
He has been a two-time All-Star, Gold-Glove winner and Silver-Slugger. Tulowitzki has hit 132 home runs and 474 RBI in 8 seasons. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2007, and has a career fielding percentage of .985.
In the first four games this year, Tulowitzki is six for sixteen, with a .375 BA, .421 OBP, and a .813 SLG percentage. He has two home runs and six RBI’s, and he has scored three runs. Tulowitzki was 2 for 4 today against the San Diego Padres, and had two of the five RBI’s. Tulowitzki has started this season as a man on a mission.
Having him healthy for this entire season has taken the Rockies from last place in the National League West to first place this year. That is real good news for first year manager Walt Weiss. Weiss knows what it’s like to play short stop. He played it successfully for fourteen years.
Tulowitzki is back, healthy and playing productively in these first four games. He is riding a rocky mountain high right now, and Colorado fans are glad he’s back.