Tulo Tees Off Against Angels

The Rockies took another step forward in today’s game against the Angels, or at least the offense did.  Some of the highlights included Eric Young, Jr’s average increasing to .474 this spring.  EYj was 3 for 3 with a leg-out single, another well placed hit and then a bunt-single.  He, like Arenado, is proving that the team will be better with him in the lineup than without.  The amount of havoc he can create on the bases was very apparent last season as he brought a sweat-sheen to many a pitcher unlucky enough to have him on the paths.

Tulo also had an excellent day, going 2 for 3 with a blistering double and then an out-of-the-park home run over the grace and fence in left.  He also showed his defense is getting better, as he showed off one of his patented spin moves to complete a double play in the second.

Tyler Colvin kept his hopes of making the 25 man, by going 3 for 3, while starting in left for CarGo.

Nicasio, who started the game, gave up four-runs on seven-hits in 3 2/3 innings.  One of the runs was a home run to newly returned Albert Puljols.  He did strike out Pujols, as well as Trout, in the first inning.

After the game, Nicasio did say that he was:

feeling good with my changeup, and I threw a lot of sliders. I felt good because I didn’t hang a lot of those. If I can get my slider over the plate more, I’ll be OK. I hung the slider (to Pujols), and I thought home run when he hit the ball. He’s a good hitter and he’s got power.

 

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Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jare, One of those 18 is the son of good friend of Dr. Rockies and mine. In fact, Dr. Rockies is down there now and was going to try and meetup with him during the game. I can only speak to what I know about this trip and it seems Tulo went all out for those kids. They had a hec of a weekend planned. I know it has caused me to have renewed respect for him.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Interesting. Honestly, for the most part, I don’t care as long as he plays good baseball and is a team oriented guy. I do have to admit, he’d come up a few pegs in my world if he picked a better walk up song in 2K14. Just say “no” to Bieber!

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I personally don’t care what guys are like off the field. I follow them because I enjoy sports and enjoy competition. Who cares what they do off the field. People get into trouble by making professional athletes out to more than what they should be made out to be. A lot are great guys, a lot are dirtbags and most of the time none of us really know which is which no matter what we think we know. Follow them… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I think Tulo has toned down on his quest to be the dictatorial leader of the Rox. He realizes that Cuddyer is the leader now and he was more than happy to give it up so he can focus on his baseball game. Cuddyer is a natural and he’s made the team more relaxed. Pooter’s guy and Arenado continues to stand out among the hitters, especially EY. He’s been bunting for hits, legging out grounders, and hitting line drives. Do… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
7 years ago

Am glad we did not go to Diablo yesterday. Opted for the AState-Long Beach State make up game. I had checked tickets online and could not believe prices for tickets – seriously – thru Ticketmaster it said $24 for lawn?! DId Ianetta play?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  lwesche

Yes, ianetta started and he had an RBI single when he hit a chopper over the drawn in infield. He continues to have those famous long ABs by taking as many pitches as possible.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

My issue with Tulo is he’s talked a lot of smack about “performing”. He hosts the infamous Camp Tulo. He talks about how so and so rookie needs to step up. All this talk and meanwhile he has extended his contract at least twice before the Rockies really were required to do so, yet his own production didn’t go up correspondingly. He’s still consistently hits into bad pop ups in crucial situations. In 07 when we learned about his leadership… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

My viewpoint of Tulo is opposite of yours. MLBN had a series of shows of the top 10 players at each position. Tulo was number one ranked in the entire major leagues. It seems like you are passing judgements bases on one bad season after he was hurt and tried to play through it. Tulo is in the prime of his career now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins yet another gold glove AND silver bat.

pooter
pooter
7 years ago

Even with the emergence of a super star in EY Jr. This team does not stand a chance with this pitching. I know this is a well known concern, however right now it looks worse than expected! Go make a trade and sign Lohse or the year will be a disaster

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  pooter

The good news is today’s beating falls on a pitcher who isn’t going to be with the team and camp is probably only as a favor. As much as I like GF more than most, thats the truth. Parker Frasier has no business at ST.

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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  pooter

“This team does not stand a chance with this pitching.” Would we have asked the same question in 2007 and 2009? I think not. The high altitude formula to winning includes a dominating lineup of hitters, high caliber defense, shutdown bullpen, and five passable #5 starters in rotation. At least on paper we have all of the qualities except for the rotation. It’s not that hard to find five #5 pitchers. I believe we are closer to 80 wins than… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

RMH, great reminder. Every year, literally every year save for 2011, the media says that the Rox will be 3rd of 4th because they do not have enough pitching. Granted, 16 of the 20 years this was true (2010 they pitched well enough in stretches and almost came all the way back and then died with 2 weeks left). 2011 going into the start of the year with Ubaldo and DLR and a young kid coming on strong named Chacin… Read more »

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