When the franchise player makes a statement, the public is tuned in.
However, Troy Tulowitzki isn’t concerned about what the public thinks. His latest comments were geared towards the men in suits.
Before the Rockies dismantled Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Wednesday night, Tulowitzki vented his frustration to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. “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.”
Tulo was off to the best start of his career this season, hitting .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI but has since landed on the DL with a left hip flexor strain.
Since the Rockies All-Star went down, the team has gone 2-8 and has been labeled as the “cellar dweller” of the National League.
Though it is apparent Colorado will not be making the playoffs this season, Tulo believes improvement in the closing games will be a huge springboard into 2015.
“It’d be easy to just pack up things and throw these games away and say, ‘Hey, we’re out of this thing’ and move on to next year,” he said. “But in that clubhouse, we need to finish strong and end on a good note. Some guys need to prove themselves for next year.”
Looking back into April, the Rockies were 22-14 at one point and were vying for the lead in the NL West. A slew of injuries, inconsistent hitting and poor pitching has put the team in a position it has never been in before – a chance at the No. 1 overall pick.
Despite the new territory they are in, Tulo says his teammates and coaches continue to fight.
“I don’t see any quit. They come out here and play hard every single day,” he said. “We’re playing hard.”
So, if the players are giving it their all, maybe their all isn’t enough. Maybe, there needs to be some new blood in the clubhouse.
I couldn’t agree more, Tulo. The bullpen needs work. The starting pitchers need to stay healthy. The lineup needs to produce on a consistent basis.
It doesn’t matter how it gets done, as long as it gets done. This will keep the star happy and will produce more wins, thus making the fans happy.
Tulo doesn’t normally have a lot to say, but when he does, people listen. Are you listening, management?