Think of Rockies’ shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, as the ancient Greek titan, Atlas, cursed with having to hold up Earth on his back. Earth, in this case, is the Colorado Rockies baseball team. Tulo does not think of this as a curse, however, he rather embraces the pressure to perform. There are many problems with the Rockies performance this year, Troy Tulowitzki certainly has not been one of them. Since June 1st, he is batting .375 with 64 RBI’s and 10 home runs. So far in August, he has a .464 average with a 1.229 OPS (anything around .800 is considered really good). Troy has shown he plays his best baseball down the stretch in his brief career. In his career in the second half of the season, Tulo is batting .322 with 234 RBI’s, compared to a .264 with 182 RBI’s in the first half. Remember that September he had last year? 15 home runs and 40RBI’s? Not a coincidence.
Unfortunately the Rockies are not in a position to utilize Tulowitzki’s bat from hell this season. That is of course unless Troy forces the team into one like last year. His unconscious second half last year helped put the Rockies from 11 games back from the NL West on August 19th, up to just a game back one month later. This year, Colorado has a much larger hill to climb as they are seven games under .500, and their starting rotation looks like Juan Nicasio’s broken neck. But hey, one can dream, right?