April’s Player of the Month: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado SS

27 G, 111 PA, 32 H, 21 BB, 13 K, 9 2B, 7 HR, 24 R, 22 RBI, .364/.477/.727

I continue with a long series of brief posts regarding the recently terminated month of April. In said month Troy Tulowitzki performed better at the plate than in any other month of his major league career. Witness and click to enlarge:


That big spike at the end is actually May, silly me, but you’ll notice that April is higher than any other month in any other year. Troy Tulowitzki at his best was the best player in all of baseball this month. He is the core of a loaded Rockies lineup that scores more than any other team could hope to score and he is also crucial to their team-wide strategy of run prevention. If his defense did not match his offense, the Rockies plan to coalesce groundball pitching with superb infield defense would be doomed.

The defense is for real and will hold up their end of the bargain. Tulo and third baseman Nolan Arenado have made more plays than any other players at their respective positions, and they’ve also had the most fielding opportunities. It’s hard to imagine a better outcome for the Rockies so far unless you undo Brett Anderson’s injury. (Anderson is yet another extreme groundball pitcher on Colorado’s payroll, and probably the most talented.)

The short posts will end soon.

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