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Troy Tulowitzki homers for the 21st time in his last 39 games

Apr 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki took Mets reliever Bobby Parnell deep this afternoon, giving him six homers through 11 games to begin the season.

That’s an absurd pace, but Tulowitzki has actually been homering at that same frequency dating back to last year. Today’s homer against Parnell was his 21st in 39 games since September 3, which would be a ridiculous 87 homers over the course of a 162-game season.

During that 39-game stretch Tulowitzki has hit .313 with 21 homers, 32 total extra-base hits, 51 RBIs, and an .810 slugging percentage. During that same time period no other hitter in baseball has even 15 homers or 40 RBIs or a .700 slugging percentage.

Oh, and he’s also a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop who won’t be 27 years old until October. What a beast.

  1. micker716 - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    That 6 year $120M extension is beginning to look like a bargain.

    • andrewf16 - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      Is it really a bargain, though? That’s 20 million dollars a year, correct? (Not sure how much is guaranteed or whatever). Seems about right.

      • micker716 - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        At his present pace? Absolutely. Will that pace continue for the next 10 years (I believe he still has 3 or 4 years left on his current contract)? No. Besides, who knows what the market will look like in 2021. If A-Rod is “worth” $27M a season at 36, then, yeah, Tulo is a bargain. One bad injury, though, and that contract weighs on the Rockies for the next decade. It all looks like Monopoly money to me at this point anyway.

      • buckybadger - Apr 15, 2011 at 1:11 AM

        It was a 7 year 135[ish?] extension that carries into 2010. Considering what other players who don’t play SS are getting I think its a good deal. Everything depends on health but guys like Tulo attracts other players. With him and CarGo its nice to see Denver commit to guys.

        What was a bargain was the Holliday trade. Got Street, CarGo and some dud but still a great deal. Left field might be better off and now the Rox have a closer.

  2. cur68 - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Interesting debate by the play by play guys; at what point do you just issue Tulo a walk rather than pitch to him? The Mets have elected; never.

    • umrguy42 - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      I think Tony LaRussa also established with Barry Bonds that his answer is “never” as well.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:12 PM

        So of course they pitch to him in the 2nd game of the double header. Guess what happened?

  3. heyblueyoustink - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Shouldn’t a homerun against a Mets pitcher only count as 1/2 a home run?

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      Like a double OR a half-run scored? I agree with either.

    • scatterbrian - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      What about a triple?

    • sdelmonte - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      It’s still not a hitters’ park, though. 3/4ths maybe.

  4. The Common Man/ - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM


    That is all.

  5. sayheykidwschamp - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    He’s the most feared hitter in the NLWest. If he can stay healthy, who knows what he can achieve in a full season. And he’s a double threat with the glove and power arm. Just not many holes in his game right now.

  6. stinkfingers - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I’m not a Rockies fan.. But Tulo, Carlos Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez are a great foundation. They got a good thing goin on in Colorado.

  7. phukyouk - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:26 PM


  8. sanzarq - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Gee, he must be taking steroids, right?

    • marinersnate - Apr 15, 2011 at 1:53 AM

      “Gee, he must be taking steroids, right?”

      Yes. He get’s them from Robinson Cano.

  9. canofcorn66 - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    These are random (and with selective endpoints, yes), but how do you think he compares to these:

    Ted Williams, Summer 1949: 53g, .409/.551/.772, 17HR, 55RBI (61/7 BB/K)
    Manny, Dodger Days 2008: 53g, .396/.489/.743, 17HR, 53RBI
    George Brett, Summer 1980: 53g, .450/.496./.752, 12HR, 64RBI (98H)

    I’d say all things considered, not too bad…

  10. buckybadger - Apr 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    These group of Rockies is why I am a baseball fan. Never much cared for the sport more because I grew up boxing and playing football and never paid any attention to it. All it takes is an exciting young team and now I watch everyday or its on the radio. Tulo is not only a great player [something I can’t really judge yet] but really seems to be a good kid. Does a ton for the community and is the unquestioned leader of this team [or ball club in this sport right?]. So glad to see him and CarGo signed for the future. If you live in Denver this is all you got at the moment unless you watch Soccer, haven’t gotten into that but never say never.

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