Several comments from around the blogosphere have made it seem like it is the beginning of the end for Troy Tulowitzki. With interest in recent history, I thought it would be fun to go back a year and look at the comments about Tulo on insideTheRockies.com…
Last year on 4/19 the Rockies played the Giants with Jimenez on the mound and lost 6-3. Here are some of the comments on that thread about Tulo:
It’s frustrating to me to watch our 2 best player’s(Cargo and Tulo) see 6 pitches total in their final two AB’s tonight. That’s 3 pitches a piece. So, 6 pitches total in 4 AB’s with our best players. Talk about giving in. Talk about letting the other team off the hook. Talk about making it easy on the opposition. (Cameo)
Here is another comment about the same game from Matt:
And what was with Tulo not moving on the dropped third strike that got away from Posey. Not acceptable….EVER.
And another from Rocky:
Good pitching always beats good hitting, period (Cargo + Tulo = 1/14)
Any one of those comments can be applied to the situation we see Tulo (and CarGo) are in right now. Remember that Tulo ended the 2011 season as an All Star, 8th in MVP voting, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and 4th in the top 100 on MLB Networks players list just behind Kemp, Verlander, Cabrera. He finished with a .302 average, 105 RBI’s and 30 HR’s.
Tulo’s explanation for his fielding errors have everything to do with it being mental. You make a couple of dumb mistakes and then start thinking about every throw. When asked if he was injured and trying to work through it (especially with the hip-flexor rearing its ugly head during the opening series) his answer to Patrick Saunders was:
No, I feel good…It’s all me. I’m the one making the mistakes. I’m the one not playing good baseball right now.
In another article on MLB.COM, Tulo expands on why he feels it is mental:
Sometimes, I’ll look back at a season and say, ‘Wow, that was a good fielding season. I didn’t even know I had that in me…Now that I’m off to this bad start and matched my error total, I know that stuff, but I’m also a fan of the game. I realize this happens. There are some pretty good players that this has happened to. It just hasn’t happened to me yet…It’s tough to sometimes just be out there and say, ‘Is this really going on?’ It doesn’t seem real, but it is…
The key to the whole thing, for Tulo, lies in the fact that it has gotten into his head on every throw now:
It’s the throwing ones that I’m sitting there thinking about…I’m taking the field and thinking about it. I never thought about defense. I just go out there and play, and if I make an error, I made an error. But I wasn’t worried about it. So, yeah, I think about it. It’s in my head. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t in my head. I think about it because I care.”