This afternoon vs. the Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continued his NL MVP season with two more hits, his 14th home run and his 36th RBI. We have not even reached June 1 yet. His production led to what would be a 3-1 Rockies victory.
Going into this afternoon’s game against the Braves, Tulowitzki came in with his league-leading .377 batting average, 34 points ahead of the second place Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL batting title and 51 points ahead of the current AL leader, Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers.
Not only is Tulowitzki on pace for the best season of his career, but right now is starring NL MVP right in the face, as he is definitely the favorite for the award if the season ended today.
Now, of course, the season does not end today, but in my opinion, there is only one thing that can possibly stop Tulowitzki from claiming the NL MVP award by season’s end in October. This only blockade, in my eyes, is the injury bug, which has plagued Tulowitzki throughout his entire career.
I know no one in baseball plays all 162 games anymore, but only twice in Tulowitzki’s now nine-year career has he played over 150 games. Last season, Tulowitzki only played in 126 games due to injuries and the year before was even worse as Tulowitzki only played in 47 total games in 2012.
So as you can see, it is a very strong possibility, given Tulowitzki’s injury history, that he may not win the NL MVP by season’s end. In my opinion, if he can play just 150 out of those 162 games, with the year he is having, Tulowitzki’s NL MVP award is in the bag.
The Rockies are currently in the midst of a road trip and won’t return home until June 3rd when they will host the Diamondbacks at Coors Field. According to RazorGator, Diamondbacks vs Rockies tickets are of the cheapest of the season averaging just $36 for the three game series with a get-in price of only $6 for each game.