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Troy Tulowitzki Finally Finds His Stroke for the Rockies

KyleCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

DENVER - MAY 10:  Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his first inning solo home run off of starting pitcher Chris Volstad #41 of the Florida Marlins in the first inning during MLB action at Coors Field on May 10, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

2007—The month that Troy Tulowitzki burst into the national spotlight with the Colorado Rockies en route to their first World Series birth in franchise history.

In his rookie year, Tulo had arguably the best season ever by an NL rookie shortstop.  His 99 RBIs broke the old NL rookie shortstop record, previously held by Nomar Garciaparra.

Tulo even completed an unassisted triple play that year, and helped lead the Rockies to a record .989 fielding percentage.

He finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, and also second in NL Gold Glove voting.  Tulo looked to be the Rockies' next great arm at shortstop.

In 2008, things fell apart.  Coming off an of offseason where he signed a six-year, $31 million dollar deal, Tulowitzki missed 60 games, and batted just .263—a pretty disappointing season after fans developed such high expectations for him.

2009 seemed like it would be just as miserable as 2008.  After hitting home runs in three of his first five games, Tulo went on a three-week homer-less streak.

However, this last series against the Marlins was the most encouraging we've seen so far.  Tulowitzki raised his batting average 39 points, and drove in four RBI in the three game series.

Tulowitzki also hit two home runs, in the first and last games of the series.  He had six total hits in the series, and reached base eight times.  He struck out only once, and his home run today propelled the Rockies to their first one-run victory of the year.

Despite his poor batting average of .237, Tulowitzki has been caught on fire lately.  He's getting on base 34% of the time, making up for his poor average.

Overall a very encouraging weekend series for Tulowitzki.  Hopefully he can keep up his streaky play against the Houston Astros in the upcoming series in Colorado.

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