The Colorado Rockies are a team that always seems to have their bats going, which is obviously due to the fact that they play half of their games at Coors Field, one of the best hitters’ ballparks in the MLB. Through 40 games this season, that hasn’t changed for them as they have been producing solidly at the plate.
So far this season, the Rockies have the second highest team batting average at .267 and are fifth in the league in team home runs, knocking 52 over the fence so far this season. The usual suspect for great Rockies hitting, Carlos Gonzalez, has been on point at the start of the year, as he always seems to be. However, the Rockies have gotten another big bat from the finally healthy Troy Tulowitzki.
Tulowitzki has battled injuries for the majority of his career, playing in 140 or more games just three times in his previous seven seasons. He also sadly missed the majority of last year, playing in just 47 games and taking a while to get going when he was on the field. However, he is back in full form this season and we are all being reminded why he is such a highly regarded ball player.
In the 36 games he’s played so far this season, Tulowitzki leads the Rockies with a .322 average and also has a solid .404 OBP and a fantastic 1.013 OPS. For good measure, he also has eight homers already this season and has driven in 32 runs. Even more impressive is that he has only struck out 20 times in 136 plate appearances. He’s been on point at the plate and in the field as well. One of the things that people often forget about Tulowitzki because of his prowess with the bat is his range and solid play at shortstop. It’s another area of the game where he has elite skills.
It’s still early in the season and Rockies fans are probably praying that another injury doesn’t come up for Tulowitzki. However, he is healthy right now and is showing why he’s regarded as one of the most versatile and best shortstops in the game today. For the sake of all those who like watching good baseball, let’s hope he can stay on the diamond.