Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays Keep Season Alive Monday vs. Texas Rangers
Old friend Troy Tulowitzki and his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays, kept their season alive Monday afternoon with a 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays and Rangers are tied at 2-2 apiece in the American League Division Series.
The postseason hasn’t been a friendly one for former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki, yet he erupted for four RBI’s in-game three of the ALDS Sunday afternoon in Texas. With the Blue Jays on the brink of elimination, the 31-year-old shortstop went 2-for-3 with a home run. Prior to Sunday’s game, Tulo’s postseason statistics were hard to look at.
After game two of the ALDS, Tulowitzki was 12-for-67 in his postseason career — this including his game two performance in which he went 0-for-6. If you can do the math, that’s an abysmal .167 average. Yuck. Not to mention, Tulo struck out 21 times in those 67 at-bats — 31% strikeout rate.
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Tulowitzki, who was usually featured in the five-spot in Toronto’s lineup, was bumped back to the sixth slot in favor of Chris Collabello, which has been the right move. In Monday’s elimination game, Tulowitzki went 0-for-4 including a walk and a strikeout, lowering his 2015 postseason average to .118.
I wouldn’t be too concerned with Tulowitzki’s production at the dish right now, especially after coming back from that freak injury in which he cracked his shoulder-blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar. The more repetition Tulowitzki gets, the better I like his chances to be more productive.
We will see Wednesday night if Tulowitzki and the Blue Jays can keep their postseason hopes alive in Game 5 featured at the Rogers Centre.