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Rockies’ stars need more days like this

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

Relief was the operative word after the Rockies finished their 10-game homestand yesterday afternoon.

The Rockies were relieved they salvaged a .500 homestand by going 5-5 in their 6-5 victory over the Brewers at Coors Field.

The hitters are relieved they played  a role in this victory for once after failing to get the key hits during this homestand.

It has been frustrating for the Rockies’ hitters. They received criticism for their poor performance, and they take it to heart knowing that they are trying with no results to show for it. It got to the point where it took a toll on them whether they want to admit it or not.

It’s natural for hitters to feel that way. They don’t want to waste great performances from their starters by being inept at the plate. That gets them to try too hard, and that becomes frustrating when it does not work out.

Hitting a baseball is easier said than done. There are so many good pitchers in the National League that the Rockies are facing, and it hasn’t worked out for the Rockies’ hitters.

Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t played well, and that’s why the Rockies are having hard time winning games.

Fowler and Tulowitzki are still trying to get back in the groove after being on the disabled list.

Gonzalez has been nursing a sprained finger for awhile, and it has affected his performance at the plate. He did not play this weekend, and chances are good he will be on the disabled list since his finger continues to affect the way he is swinging the bat.

Cuddyer has grounded into double plays or flied out since the post-All-Star break.

When the stars don’t play like stars, it’s going to be hard to score runs.Yesterday was a different story. Everything clicked for Tulowitzki, Cuddyer and Fowler.

Tulowitzki hit a home run in the first inning, and he scored the tying run on Cuddyer’s double in the eighth inning.

Cuddyer tied the game couple of times in the game. He tied the game at 3 by hitting a home run in the sixth inning, and he tied the game at 5 in the eighth inning.

For good measure, Cuddyer scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning when Nolan Arenado hit a RBI single.

Fowler hit his 12th home run in giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning.

To say all those four guys needed this performance is an understatement. It’s been so long since they created good moments for the Rockies like yesterday.

Tulowitzki hasn’t given the Rockies the spark that they thought he would give once he came back on the disabled list. He takes good at-bats, and he gets on base. That said, he is being paid to drive in runs and hit home runs. That hasn’t happened frequently.

It’s not surprising he hasn’t. It takes time for baseball players to get back to where they are after being on the disabled list. Keep in mind he might still be playing in pain. It takes an offseason to have an injury completely healed. For him to gut it out there while he is hurting, that should be commended.

Same can be said for Fowler, who is 6-for-35 at the plate.

Cuddyer does not have the disabled list excuse to explain his struggles. His problem is that he is such a streaky hitter. He can be great for a month as he demonstrated with his 27-game hitting streak, and he can go through a drought that last for a long time as he is doing now.

He knows he has to drive in runs, not ground into double play. One of the things he needs to do is grind out good at-bats for him to do that as he did yesterday. He hasn’t done that outside of yesterday.

The Rockies’ stars feel they are on the verge of breaking out. They can only hope yesterday will set the tone for good things. It has to happen for them with the Rockies starting a 10-game road trip tonight. If the Rockies want to win five or more games on this trip, the onus is on them to produce.

Yesterday’s offensive performance provides respite for the stars, but they know they have to sustain this.

That’s why it was more of a relief than a celebration in the locker room. They know one good game can only go so far.

It’s about doing it again.

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Hard to take Rockies seriously as playoff team

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Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

It’s a good thing the Broncos started training camp.

This gives Rocky Mountain sports fans something to watch now that the Rockies are playing their way out of playoff contention as always.

It’s hard to take the Rockies seriously when they lost three of four to a bad Marlins team at home.

This was a homestand that was supposed to help the Rockies stay afloat and give them momentum heading to August. Instead, the Rockies are 49-54, and they are five games out in the NL West heading to tonight’s game against the Brewers. They gained one game and lost two games in the standings.

Sure, the Rockies are five games out, but the bottom line is they have to be at .500 and be within striking distance at the end of the homestand.  It’s not happening. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Rockies lose two of three or get swept by a bad Brewers team this weekend to finish the homestand.

The Rockies needed to do well in this homestand. It won’t be easy when they play the next 20 games on the road. Considering how they are 20-29 on the road this season, it’s hard to think they are going to do much on long road trips coming up this month.

The problem with the Rockies is they can’t hit. That’s the frustrating part considering they have received better starting pitching.

The Rockies haven’t created a big inning in the last few months. All they do is ground into double plays or strike out. Their at-bats leave a lot to be desired. It’s hard to score runs or win games this way.

It starts with the stars on the team. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are not producing.

Tulowitzki has not been the player he was before he was on the disabled list. He is still finding his way at the plate after missing time. That should be expected.

Gonzalez has not been hitting home runs frequently since his finger has been hurting for weeks. He is currently 3-for-20 in this homestand.

It isn’t only just those two. It’s guys like Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario that are not doing their part.

Fowler hasn’t gotten on base.

Cuddyer has grounded into a lot of double plays since the post-All-Star break.

Either Rosario strikes out or ground out.

It’s hard to win games when guys are not doing well.

How bad is this lineup? They have failed to score more than three runs for the 14th in the past 20 games. It’s hard to believe the lineup will get better anytime soon. Hitting is mental, and the struggles may have gotten the best out of the hitters to point of no return.

This isn’t the first time the guys slumped as a team. It’s been going on all season.

The hitters are also gaining a reputation where they are only good when it doesn’t matter. That means maybe their hitters are not good enough.

If these guys can’t hit against inferior teams, how they are going to get better against better teams that the Rockies are facing in the next weeks? It’s no wonder why Rockies fans are giving up on them now.

It’s fair to wonder if the Rockies can ever win anything with these guys in a year they should win a winnable division. The talent is there, but it means nothing. Guys have to get it done, and the Rockies aren’t right now.

It’s up to them to surprise the fans now. It’s up to them to get the fans to believe.

With 59 games to go, the hitters have to show they have the reputation to step up in situational hitting.

With 59 games to go, they need to show they can snap out of it.

That remains to be seen. It’s hard to be confident when they haven’t showed they can get it done. Their track record isn’t the greatest.

If the hitters can’t feast on inferior teams, what makes anyone think they can do well against divisional teams later this year?

It’s a shame the Rockies are wasting good pitching from their starters this year. Their problems have always been starting pitching, so it would behoove the hitters for not getting it done.

It’s hard to believe they are a playoff team when they can’t beat bad teams.

It’s hard to believe they are a playoff team when they are 36-50 after starting the season with a 13-4 record.

The best the Rockies can do is now is finish at .500, but even that goal could be a reach with the way they have played for the last two months.

It’s another year of the team being irrelevant.

It’s another year of no September baseball.

In other words, it’s business as usual with the Rockies.

No wonder everyone is now focusing on the Broncos.

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Crunch time for Rockies start now

(David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

(David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

It’s not early anymore.

It’s starting to get late.

There comes a time when the Rockies have to make a run in the NL West standings if they want to be taken seriously as a contender in the division.

Now is the time for the Rockies to take advantage of a homestand featuring three awful teams in the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers.

It’s now or never. It’s hard to believe the Rockies can recover if they have a bad homestand, especially with them playing 20 of their next 26 games on the road. If they can’t beat these teams, it’s hard to feel confident about the Rockies beating teams in the division.

It was bad enough the Rockies played awful Friday night when they mustered only five hits in their 3-1 loss to the Cubs.

It’s easy to wonder if they have it in them to do well in this homestand if they lost last night.

After the Rockies struggled to get anything going against Carlos Villanueva in the first few innings, they finally got to him in the middle of the game, and they went on to a 9-3 victory over the Cubs last night at Coors Field.

Everything went so right for the Rockies in this game that the fans received free tacos from participating Taco Bell locations in Colorado after the Rockies scored their seventh run, which is always the case after the Rockies score seven runs.

It was a night the team could enjoy.

It has been a tough stretch for the Rockies this month. They were last in runs scored. They scored only 37 runs overall in their last 14 games. They grounded into so many double plays rather than creating a big inning.

There’s no question the guys are frustrated. The losses and offensive woes wear on the guys after awhile.

Last night was a relief for the Rockies. Maybe it will get them going the rest of the homestand.

The fourth inning was what started it all for the Rockies.

The Rockies grinded out some good at-bats in that inning, and that resulted to Todd Helton hitting a single and Wilin Rosario hitting a double.

Nolan Arenado tied the game at 1 by grounding out to first, scoring Helton from third.

With Rosario at third and Juan Nicasio working out a walk, the onus was on Dexter Fowler to give the Rockies the lead with a base hit with two outs in the inning.

Settling for a tie was not good enough. Not when Villanueva was struggling in the fourth inning. The Rockies could not bail him out when they had the opportunity to break the game open.

Fowler came through with a triple that gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead.

That was the turning point of the game. The hitters relaxed, and there was no more pressure about coming through in situational hitting. The guys could play instead of thinking about failure or trying to do too much.

That’s why Fowler’s hit was important. From there, everyone followed his lead.

Carlos Gonzalez led off the fifth inning by hitting a home run that extended the Rockies’ lead to 4-1. Overall, the Rockies had five straight hits in that inning.

The Rockies scored four runs in the fifth inning to extend their lead to 7-1.

That inning went the Rockies’ way to the point Villanueva was out of the ballgame.

When a pitcher is taken out of the game, it’s a sign the hitters did their job.

The Rockies added two more runs in the eighth inning to maintain their lead over the Cubs to 9-3.

It was a night the Rockies needed. They had to get it going on offense, and they had to win the game. They can’t keep blowing winnable games and having games like Friday night where the offense was not there.

The Rockies could not be in a position to get swept by the awful Cubs this afternoon.

There was so much on the line in this game. They can’t start the homestand by losing two straight. If that was the case, this homestand could spiral out of the control by which guys would start doubting themselves.

The Rockies have been resilient overall, but now, they have to show their mettle at a crucial juncture.

If there is a bad homestand, the Rockies can call it quits for this season. It’s going to be tough for them to recover, and it would be hard to take them seriously.

This weekend is a referendum for the Rockies to show they can be in this race. It’s going to come down to their hitting.

They executed well in the nick of time.

Now, they have to do it again today and the rest of the homestand.

Their season depends on it.

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Rockies must improve their hitting approach

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

(Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

It was fitting Michael Cuddyer ended the game by hitting into a double play on one pitch last night.

That summed up the struggles by the Rockies at the plate, and that’s why they took a 3-1 loss to the Cubs last night at Coors Field.

The Rockies struggled to generate anything against a struggling starter in Jeff Samardzija, who gave up 19 runs in his last two starts prior to last night.

By only mustering five hits, they made Samardzija look like Mark Prior. That is pathetic.

This has been the norm all year. The Rockies have made inferior starters such as Chris Capuano, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Dempster, Bud Norris, Eric Stults and Wade Miley look better than they really are.

With Carlos Villanueva starting tonight for the Cubs, he should feel good about his chances of shutting down the Rockies.

At some point, enough is enough. This is getting old.

The Rockies have to start taking better at-bats. They haven’t, and that’s why their offense has struggled at times during the course of the season.

it seems these guys give in to the pitcher rather than create a big inning or foul off pitches. That defined what last night’s game was about.

It would be nice if guys like Wilin Rosario, Nolan Arenado and  Cuddyer would grind out at-bats rather than swing at the first pitch and ground out. That was the case last night.

Rosario and Arenado can use youth as an excuse to swing at a first pitch. They are learning the game.

Cuddyer has no excuse. He has been in the majors for a long time to know how to grind out at-bats. He has to be setting an example.

Even Carlos Gonzalez is not immune from criticism. He tends to be swinging for the fences rather than settling for a walk or grinding out for a base hit.

That’s what makes last night’s loss frustrating.

It’s not about them not scoring much runs. It’s about their approach.

It’s easy to live with the losses if the Rockies were patient at the plate, but that’s not the case.

Blaming Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette does not make sense here. It’s about execution, and the players are not getting it done.

Bichette has been preaching his hitters to take better at-bats. It’s up to them to apply whatever they learned from him when the games start.

The problem is these guys are not listening.

Watching Rosario and Arenado have been tough to watch for a month now after not watching them hit or drive in runs.

They have become rally-killers by grounding out or striking out. They tend to be out after one or two pitches, which was the case in last night’s game.

It’s one thing for both of them to struggle, but it’s another thing where they are not taking good at-bats.

Rosario and Arenado were taught about plate discipline in the minors. It’s why they were called up. It’s frustrating how they have regressed in terms of not giving out good at-bats.

It may get to the point where Rockies manager Walt Weiss  have to bench the both of them.

It sounds drastic, but both of them have to be held accountable if they are not taking good at-bats when they are batting. They can’t be out there if they are not doing the things that get them on base.

There comes a time where youth can’t be used as an excuse anymore for Rosario and Arenado.

It’s been going on for a good two months, and patience can only go so far.

The Rockies offense has to get better. There’s no question about it. Their on-base percentage is .283, which is not a good reflection about their approach at the plate. They are ranked last in the National League in runs scored.

It’s no wonder why they need to get a hitter during the trade deadline.

This is not going to cut it. For the Rockies to be a factor in the NL West, they have to perform well offensively. They need to generate big innings, and they have to beat up on pitchers they should be beating.

There are too many good hitters on that team to struggle.

It’s on them to make adjustments.

The least they can do is grind out better at-bats. If they can do that, maybe they can get something going offensively.

It can’t just be Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki taking good at-bats only. It has to be everyone in the lineup.

Improvements have to be made offensively if the Rockies are going to win games.

It has to be made soon. With three inferior teams such as the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers in this homestand, the Rockies have to improve offensively as quickly as possible.

If not, this could be the death march of the 2013 season for the Rockies.

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Winnable division is doable for Rockies

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

It does not look good at first glance.

The Rockies finished the pre-All-Star break with a 46-50 record.

Despite being 4 1/2 games out, it would be hard to take any team with a losing record seriously as a playoff team.

That’s what logic tells us anyway.

With that said, the NL West is a mediocre division at best. Not one team stands out. That’s why the Rockies are contenders in spite of themselves.

It’s on the Rockies to take advantage of the opportunity to win in a division that is weak. They don’t get opportunities like that often. It’s hard to think this is going to be the case every year. The Giants, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are not going to be mediocre year in and year out.

Shame on the Rockies if they don’t win the division. This season would be a failure if they don’t win it.

The talent is there to win the division.

The Rockies have three good starters that produce quality starts in Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Chatwood and Jhoulys Chacin. That’s a good foundation to win the division.

They are not in the class of Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey and Adam Wainwright, but they are efficient. Efficient can do this season in winning the NL West.

De La Rosa is 9-5 with a 3.21 ERA.  He could have won 12 games if he had run support this season, and if he had 12 wins, he would have been an All-Star.

De La Rosa has been consistent all season when it comes to throwing strikes and putting on a good performance. He makes pitching at Coors Field easy by getting out of jams and getting ahead of the count. He finds a way to get outs when he is in a jam.  He uses all of his pitches to get outs such as fastball, slider and curveball. He knows what he is doing out there.

Chatwood has been a revelation since he was called up in May. He pitched well in eight of his last 10 starts, and that should be enough of a sample size to say he is a legitimate starter.

He averages six innings a start, and his command has been a difference in him being a good starter. He worked on developing his slider to help him throw strikes, and it paid off for him this season in getting guys outs in the majors. He knows how to mix in a slider with a curveball to get hitters out. The 23-year-old starter has finally found the confidence and stuff that turned him into a better pitcher.

After a rough start, Chacin turned his season around by pitching well in his last seven starts. He figured it out after a June 11 start against the Nationals where he threw strikes to get the Nationals out after he gave up a 2-0 lead. Since then, he found a way to throw strikes and not create a big inning. He is working faster, and he knows how to protect leads.

If Juan Nicasio or Drew Pomeranz can get it going, the Rockies are going to be in great shape where they can trot out four good starters every fifth day.

Good starting pitching sets the tone in winning games, and the Rockies have that.

They also have a great bullpen where they can protect leads after the sixth inning. The Rockies expect their starters to go six innings, and after that, they give the ball to Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt.

Belisle, Brothers and Betancourt have been reliable in protecting leads. They throw strikes, and they throw zeroes when they are on the mound. It’s a good feeling for Rockies manager Walt Weiss to have.

Pitching may have been the Rockies’ bugaboo for a long time, but this is not one of those years. This is actually their strength.

The hitting has been up and down for the Rockies, but the talent is there to win games.

As long as Troy Tulowitzki is healthy, the lineup should be good.  Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez will benefit with the Rockies shortstop being in the lineup as they will see more pitches to hit. That wasn’t the case when the Rockies All-Star was on the disabled list.

Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario have to play better than they have showed. They have done okay, but okay should not be good enough for those two that are capable of being great hitters.

The Rockies are in the top 10 in runs scored as they are ranked 10th in runs scored by scoring 426 runs. Still, they can do better. They have to stop making inferior starters look better than they are as they demonstrated against Chris Capuano last week.

The lineup is good enough to perform. The output can be better. The Rockies are banking Tulowitzki’s return will be the difference.

Not only do the Rockies have talent, but their competitors are not good.

The Diamondbacks leave a lot to be desired with their pitching. Their starters have not pitched well, and their bullpen leads the majors with 19 blown saves.

The Giants have struggled to score runs, and their pitching has been inconsistent.

The Dodgers have played well, but their pitching is a question mark outside of Kershaw.

The Padres are not good enough to win the division. Their pitching is a question mark, and their hitting is nothing to write home about.

When comparing the Rockies to other teams in the division, it would be a shame if they fail to make the playoffs.

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Filling void in Tulowitzki’s absence hasn’t been easy

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

With Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, this road trip would present a challenge for the Rockies.

They are in the East Coast for nine games as they are playing three good teams in the Blue Jays, Nationals and Red Sox.

So far, everything has gone wrong for the Rockies in this trip. They haven’t played well, and they are winless in this trip after taking a 2-1 loss to the Nationals last night at Nationals Park.

From watching the Rockies this week, it’s clear they miss Tulowitzki.

The offense has been scuffling in this road trip. They scored a total of seven runs, and they scored a total of two runs in the last two games.

The Rockies are taking poor at-bats, and they are not creating a big inning when they are hitting. The hitters go down meekly once the other team is taking a lead.

The Rockies have stranded 35 men on base, including 10 on Wednesday night and eight on Monday night.

It’s been tough to watch. It shouldn’t be surprising this is happening when their best player is not playing.

Carlos Gonzalez is supposed to lead the way, but his struggles summed up the Rockies’ problems in this trip. He has three hits, and he has one home run and one RBI.

Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario were supposed to pick up the slack with Tulowitzki being absent. That hasn’t happened.

Arenado has two hits with no home runs and one RBI in 19 at-bats this week.

Rosario has three hits with no home runs and one RBI in 14 at-bats.

It’s hard to win games when the offense can’t make it happen.

This road trip certainly showed why  Tulowitzki is valuable for a reason. That’s why fans get frustrated when he is hurt every year.

Tulowitzki is one guy that embraces pressure. He always gives it his all when he is out at the plate or when he is fielding.

The Rockies shortstop is such a great hitter. He makes everyone around him better. He does things that no one can teach.

Tulowitzki is a difference maker at the plate by hitting .347 with a 1.048 OPS, 16 home runs and having 51 RBIs.  He is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position, and he is hitting .302 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs on the road. Those numbers play a role in the Rockies scoring 4.89 runs per game.

He always makes plays at shortstop. He is a guy that will make the pitchers work. His job makes Gonzalez’s job easy as pitchers can’t pitch around him. This also does not undue pressure for the Rockies outfielder to perform.

From reading Fangraphs, he is listed as the best shortstop in the National League, and for good reason.

It isn’t a coincidence the Rockies are 117-151 without Tulowitzki.

It was wishful thinking to think Arenado and Rosario can do what Tulowitzki is doing.

As good as those two are going to be, they have so much to learn to be good players in Major League Baseball. It’s been obvious in this trip by their poor at-bats.

Maybe they can get it going in the next few weeks, but that remains to be seen.

Gonzalez, Arenado and Rosario have to start stepping up sooner or later. They have to deal with it since Tulowitzki will always be hurt every year.

It’s a shame the offense is struggling. The Rockies are getting good pitching performances from Jorge De La Rosa, Roy Oswalt and Tyler Chatwood in this trip.

Anytime a starter is throwing well, that performance can’t be wasted due to poor offense.

The only way the Rockies can make folks stop thinking what could have been if Tulowitzki is healthy is if Gonzalez, Arenado and Rosario produce offensively.

This road trip has given a glimpse how bad it could get while Tulowitzki is out for a while.

The Rockies are playing the Giants and Dodgers at Coors Field after the road trip, and they finish the pre-All-Star break by going on a 10-game road trip to play the Diamondbacks, Padres and Dodgers.

It could get ugly soon if the hitters can’t figure out how to do well without Tulowitzki.

With the way things are going, it’s going to get worse before it gets better for the Rockies.

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Injuries and Tulowitzki go hand-in-hand

(David Zalubowski, The Associated Press)

(David Zalubowski, The Associated Press)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

The Rockies knew they were in for a tough day yesterday when Carlos Gonzalez had to leave the game after he was hit in the left foot by a foul ball in the first inning.

It carried over in the third inning when Dexter Fowler was hit by a pitch that caused him to leave the game.

Then, Troy Tulowitzki had to leave the game after he injured his rib by attempting to dive for a groundball out in the eighth inning. That was the same inning that the Nationals took the lead and went on to take a 5-4 victory against the Rockies.

The loss was nothing when the Rockies found out that Tulowitzki has to go on the disabled list with a broken rib. He will miss 4 to 6 weeks.

At least, Gonzalez and Fowler won’t miss time.

This does not make the Rockies feel better, though.

They are losing a MVP player for a good amount of time. That means he will be playing at the end of July if he can recover from the rib injury.

By then, who knows how the Rockies are going to do in the standings? Who knows if he can be the same player he was this season after he comes back from the disabled list?

They are playing the Giants at the end of the month at Coors Field, and they will play the Dodgers twice along with playing the Diamondbacks and Padres to start the month of July.

This is where the Rockies are going to need Tulowitzki for them to beat those teams.

It’s hard to replace Tulowitzki. There’s no getting around that.

No one can duplicate a hitter that is hitting .347 with a 1.048 OPS, 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in Tulowitzki.

No one can make plays that Tulowitzki does when he plays shortstop. He can be relied on to make a great play every game.

There is no question Carlos Gonzalez will be affected. Pitchers will intentionally walk him with Tulowitzki not playing unless Wilin Rosario or Nolan Arenado can offer protection by hitting.

Good luck to that. Rosario and Arenado are going to be inconsistent as young players. They are learning  on the job, so odds are Gonzalez will be getting many intentional walks in the near future.

It’s up to Rosario or Arenado to figure out a way to get hits.

As for Tulowitzki, he is frustrated that he is hurt.

He is having a MVP season, and he was on his way to play in the All-Star Game in New York in July. Being on the disabled list was the last thing he needed.

It’s something Rockies fans fail to realize.

There are fans that rip Tulowitzki for not playing through injuries, and there are fans that are upset he gets hurt every year.

It’s understandable why they would feel that way. He is the difference between winning and losing, and Rockies fans found out last year when the Rockies lost 98 games with him being out for the year with a groin injury.

When a guy is injury-prone like Tulowtizki is, fans are not going to be happy.

There are going to be questions if Tulowitzki’s body is fragile to play Major League Baseball. It’s something the Rockies shortstop has to think about it sooner or later.

Here’s a long list of injuries about Tulowitzki:

He torn his tendon in his left quadriceps in 2008.

He injured his palm in 2008 after he slammed the bat in frustration.

He missed last year with a groin injury.

He sprained his shoulder on a slide.

His leg was hurting this year.

Now, his rib hurts.

It’s one thing or another with Tulowitzki. One can’t help, but feel bad for him.

No one puts his time at his job than Tulowitzki. He is out there early at batting practice, and he stays late. He will always sacrifice his body to get on base or make a play. There’s why the Rockies like him, and that’s why he is a winner.

None of this means anything when he gets hurt every year. Rockies fans talk more about his injuries than his play.

That’s unfortunate. One should feel empathy for Tulowitzki. This is not easy for him to go through.

All he wants to do is play baseball and lead the Rockies to a championship.

Instead, he has to answer questions again about why he is injury-prone.

When Tulowitzki comes back, there are going to be people betting the over and under about him being hurt again.

Even the Rockies have to be asking themselves that question.

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