How to avoid getting Tulo’d
Sifting through the carnage of a four-game series sweep here, I began wondering if the Mets had any chance to stop the hottest player in baseball, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who went 10-for-16 in the series with a home run in every game. Mets catcher Josh Thole likened it to “watching Bonds in his prime.”
“You throw it up there and hope he pops it up, I don’t know,” Thole said. “He hits a home run to right, he hits a home run to left. He’s hit a lot of good pitches. He’s locked in. I don’t know, throw it down the middle, see what he’ll do with it? When you’re going like that, you’re going. I don’t know what other way to put it for the guy. He had a great series.”
More often than not, the Mets elected to pitch to Tulowitzki, most notoriously with two men on and a base open in Wednesday’s one-run loss.
He homered, of course.
It was an epic series for Tulowitzki, but nothing entirely new for one of the game’s top young players. Down the stretch last season, Tulowitzki hit an unfathomable 14 homers in one 15-game stretch, carrying the Rockies on his shoulders during a 10-game winning streak.
The Mets fan must curse Tulowitzki. The baseball fan must marvel at him.
“He had a tremendous series,” backup catcher Mike Nickeas said .”That’s as good as I’ve seen a guy, as hot as I’ve seen a guy. He’s locked in. You just have to try to let him get his hits at the right time.”
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