DENVER, CO - MAY 05: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases on his two-run home run off of Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers to give the Rockies a 7-1 lead in the seventh inning during Interleague play at Coors Field on May 5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
As we mentioned in Monday's edition of On Deck, there isn't a hotter player in baseball right now than Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was named NL Player of the Month for April hours after we posted the proclamation.
The hope was that somehow, some way, Tulo would cool off against the Texas Rangers for this odd four-game split series beginning Monday night in Denver. That didn't happen. Not even close.
Tulowitzki continued his tear, blasting (well, use that term carefully in Coors Field) two homers and driving in four runs, putting him at .408 for the season with nine homers and 29 RBIs — well on his way to winning May Player of the Month honors.
It's reminiscent of Josh Hamilton's start in 2012 for the Rangers, when Hamilton seemed to be a slam dunk to win AL MVP honors before a collapse from June on, but Tulo's average is better after the first month.
The Rockies shortstop said he's hoping his team can ride its hot start for the long haul.
"Hopefully, these guys are realizing that we have a good team," Tulowitzki told reporters Monday night. "We talked about that so much in spring training, but at times until you get results it's hard to buy into that. But I think now guys are starting to get that confidence up."