... ... ... TULO!LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Colorado Rockies are hoping to ride Troy Tulowitzki's (FSY) phenomenal homer streak right into the postseason.
Tulowitzki hit two more home runs Saturday ? tying a modern major league record with 14 in a 15-game stretch ? and the Rockies kept up their pursuit of a playoff spot by routing the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2 for their 20th victory in 26 games.
"I really don't have words to describe what we're seeing from Troy Tulowitzki," manager Jim Tracy said. "I mean, how do you describe 14 homers in 15 games? You know, it's one thing to be hot, and another to be in a zone like this guy is in. But he has that type of mentality. He loves this time of the year, and he's proven that going back to 2007."
The Rockies began the day a game behind San Francisco in the NL West, and chasing for the wild card.
Tulowitzki has four multihomer games this season ? all of them within his last 10 games ? and is hitting .394 with 35 RBIs in his last 16 contests. He joined Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001) as the only players since 1900 to homer 14 times in a span of 15 games.
"That's awesome. But I think the timing of it ? coming down the stretch here ? is what definitely makes me a lot happier with it because it's huge for our team," Tulowitzki said. "If you had to pick one time to do it, it would be now. So I'm definitely proud of that.
"I might not play any better than this in my entire career, so it's something that I'll always remember," he added. "But for right now, I'm not done with this."
The Rockies' shortstop hit a two-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third and added another two-run shot in the fifth against rookie John Ely (FSY). Tulowitzki fouled out with the bases loaded in the eighth, but Melvin Mora (FSY) hit a grand slam later in the inning. Mora also singled home a run. His five RBIs were one off his career best with Baltimore in 2008.
Tulowitzki got the Rockies rolling after a two-out walk in the first to NL batting leader Carlos Gonzalez (FSY), then hit a first-pitch homer to center field for his 26th of the season after another walk to Gonzalez in the fifth...
What a rambling, disjointed article... at least he didn't go down the "injury-prone" route. I agree the deal wasn't completely necessary right now, but it's no where near as risky as the writer tries to make it seem.
Long-term deals aren't necessarily a bad thing; everything depends on the money. Look at Longoria's 9-year deal... I think it's pretty safe to say that contract is by far the best in baseball. Locking up young superstars early is not only smart but absolutely necessary for smaller market teams.I`m against giving anyone a 10 year contract.
The Colorado Rockies have announced that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has signed a contract extension through 2020. According to ESPN?s Buster Olney, with this deal, he is guaranteed to make $157.75 million over the next ten years.
Tulowitzki won his first Rawlings Gold Glove this season after being the overall Web Gem champion, and finished fifth in the National League MVP voting for the second straight year. He established career highs in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, posting a .949 OPS that was eighth-best in the major leagues.
And he became just the fourth National League shortstop since 1901 to post a .300 batting average with 25 home runs and an OPS of .900, joining Hanley Ramirez (twice), Rich Aurilia and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (twice).
Over the past two seasons, Tulowitzki has been the most productive shortstop in baseball. His OPS of .939 is more than 30 points higher than any other shortstop's in the league over the past two years. Ramirez is the only other SS in baseball in that span with an OPS even over .800.
According to the advanced metric Wins Above Replacement, Tulowitzki has been the best shortstop in the league the past two seasons and the sixth-best position player in all of baseball. He?s been good for almost two wins more than Ramirez, who is second, and third among shortstops is Derek Jeter, who is also looking for a new deal this offseason.
And the Elias Sports Bureau tells us that among players who have played 75 percent of their games at shortstop, with a minimum of 50 career games, Tulowitzki?s .857 OPS ranks fourth in major league history.
Highest OPS among MLB SS
Last 2 Seasons
(min. 100 games at SS)
Troy Tulowitzki .939
Hanley Ramirez .905
Derek Jeter .789
Juan Uribe .781
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