There are quite a few National Leaguers that are already front runners for Most Valuable Player honors. Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds is definitely a possibility as is Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks but the one I want to focus on plays for the Colorado Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki is back healthy for the Rockies this year and boy, oh boy, are they happy to have him. His MVP caliber season is improving with each passing week.
Take a look at this stat line through Sunday, June 9. Tulo is batting .351 with 16 homers and 51 RBI. Add to that 40 runs scored and Tulo is having himself quite a healthy return this year. The average is second just a few points behind the leader. He is ranked third in homers and RBI. All total he is the only guy near the top of all three categories. I don’t want to say Triple Crown threat but you can if you’d like.
What he is certainly headed for is a date with the MVP trophy if he can keep in front of his competitors for the rest of the season. It won’t be easy but then winning an award such as that never is. Funny enough his biggest competition might come from the guy right near him in the batting order, Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez is one spot ahead of Tulo in homers and one behind in RBI. His average is around the .300 mark but wouldn’t it be something to see two Rockies players battle it out for the MVP? I’m sure they think it would.