Saturday, August 9, 2014

Just a Note on Troy Tulowitzki's Comments

Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies made some waves this week with some comments that he made during batting practice. This is what he was quoted as saying in the article Troy Tulowitzki says "something needs to change" with Rockies before 2015 by Nick Groke from the Denver Post dated August 8, 2012:
"I think that's why I came out numerous times and said I want to win," Tulowitzki said. "It doesn't mean I want out of here. It means I'm sick and tired of losing.
"Something needs to change. Hopefully that comes fairly quickly. You can't force it. But at the same time, we're all frustrated with this year — especially me."
While I see his point, here is what I think. How about Tulo look at not only himself but his teammate Carlos Gonzalez for where the problem lies. How about both of those players put together a COMPLETE season of playing with each other before he complains that he's tired of losing. Both of these players, if healthy (and that's a BIG if) can dominate the entire league.

There might not be a better 3-4 combination in the league but its hard to tell because both of them spend so much time on the disabled list. Its hard for the team because both of those players are so injury prone that even if the team plays good ball, its hard to maintain that because their presence in the lineup is missed.

Not counting his rookie season of 2006, since 2007 Tulowitzki has only had three seasons where he's played in more than 140 games AND had more than 600 at-bats. That came in 2007, 2009, 2011. In the other four seasons, Tulowitzki has played in 101 games in 2008, 122 games in 2010, 47 games in 2012 and 91 games this season.

Add to this that Carlos Gonzalez while playing in Colorado with Tulowitzki hasn't had a season with more than 150 games. He's played in 89 games in 2009, 145 games in 2010, 127 games in 2011, 135 games in 2012, 110 games in 2013 and 70 games this season.

At least Gonzalez is a bit more consistent in games played season to season. It seems that Tulowitzki has longer, less injured seasons on odd numbered years. Go figure.

Can the Rockies management continue to improve the team? Absolutely. But when you have a sizable investment in your two best players and year in and year out they are missed due to injury, shouldn't some of the blame lie on them as well for the losing?

Let me know what you think. Agree? Disagree? Don't care, LOL?

Until Then Keep Playing Ball,
Baseball Sisco

For Further Reading:
- Click Here to access Troy Tulowitzki's career statistics from Baseball
- Click Here to access Carlos Gonzalez's career statistics from Baseball