Tulowitzki eager to build off good swings

Tulowitzki eager to build off good swings

Tulowitzki eager to build off good swings
DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-6 as the Rockies split a two-game series with the Giants on Monday and Tuesday. Although he was hitting with more authority than he had in recent weeks, he's not about to risk jinxing himself by declaring himself recovered from his slump.

"I put together some good swings so it's something to build off of," said Tulowitzki, who was hit in the left leg by a line drive while at the top of the dugout on Monday and limped out a triple on Tuesday. "You never want to throw it out there like, 'I feel like I'm about to go off,' or something like that, but I took some good at-bats.

"But I want to look at the bright side and hopefully it'll come together. At some point in time it is, I promise you."

Tulowitzki's .200 batting average with runners in scoring position and frequent fly balls during the Rockies' struggles in San Diego and San Francisco attracted a higher level of fan dissatisfaction than he had experienced in the past. Tulowitzki, who entered Wednesday's action batting .269 with three home runs and 14 RBIs, said he is aware.

"You always want to prove yourself, but people are going to question you no matter what you do, and it's never really good enough," Tulowitzki said smiling and without bitterness. "You understand it's part of the game and part of the territory of what my contract does and where I stand with this team.

"But usually at the end of the year I look back and say I went through some tough times, but it's not that bad. In the second half is when it's important for your team and you want to be at your best, and in my career that's when I have been. It's not a given that it's going to happen. I just hope I do get hot soon, to quiet some critics and prove to myself that I am one of the better players."