Troy Tulowitzki is putting up monster numbers since the All-Star break for the Colorado Rockies. Tulowitzki is one of the reasons why fans are still coming out to the ballpark – even with the Rockies being out of contention in the NL West. Sunday was the 6th time Coors Field has been sold out this season when 49,083 fans showed up to see The Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. And hey, guess what? The Rockies won a game on Sunday for the first time since mid-April. Their 17-game Sunday game losing streak came to an end in front of a packed house.
Tulowitzki is hitting .397 since the All-Star break with 8 HR and 28 RBI. He also has 16 doubles since the All-Star break as opposed to the 18 doubles he had before the All-Star break in almost 200 more AB. In addition to his higher average, Tulowitzki’s on-base percentage (OBP) is more than 100 points higher (from .337 to .452). His slugging percentage (SLG) is also up almost 200 points (from .488 to .686). All of these numbers illustrate that Tulowitzki is once again having a fantastic 2nd half to a season.
As has been well documented in past articles, the Rockies are having a rough season. Despite that, they are still drawing decent crowds for their home games. They average over 36,000 fans a game and fill over 71% of the max capacity. The 71% attendance average at home is higher than some playoff contenders: Chicago White Sox (61.9 % on average), Atlanta Braves (59.3% on average), Tampa Bay Rays (56.5% filled), Cleveland Indians (51.1% filled) & Arizona Diamondbacks (49.7% filled on average).
Meanwhile, there are some other things to look forward to from the Rockies in the 2011 season. Alex White, one of the prize pitchers that came over to Colorado from the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, is making his Colorado Rockies debut on Tuesday night at Coors Field against the Houston Astros. The other prize pitcher in that deal was Drew Pomeranz. He made his Rockies debut (he was officially traded this past week as opposed to being just a “player to be named later”) in AA this past week and pitched very well. He went seven innings and gave up only two hits with zero walks and four strikeouts.
There is talk that Pomerantz and White might be called up in September when Major League clubs are able to expand their rosters from 25 to 40. If he is called up, fans will be able to get a good glimpse at the future Rockies rotation with both Pomeranz and White pitching in September.
Troy Tulowitzki’s torrid pace since the All-Star break has been a good reason for Rockies fans to keep coming to the park. There are good things to look forward to in Colorado as the season nears the stretch run and other teams are jockeying for playoff consideration. Expect fans to keep coming to Coors Field through the end of September.
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Written by Steve Folsom
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