Troy Tulowitzki is on pace to have one of the best seasons ever by a shortstop.
That brilliant campaign notched another highlight last week, and it led to yet another one on Monday, when -- thanks in large part to a home run streak that put him in rarefied air -- the Rockies' infielder was named National League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America.
Tulowitzki homered in four consecutive games from Tuesday-Saturday, becoming the first shortstop to accomplish that feat since Miguel Tejada did it in 2005. Also, the 24-year-old hit .391 (9-for-23) last week, and his four homers and eight runs scored tied for the Major League lead.
The Giants haven't been too far back in the Rockies' rearview mirror for the NL Wild Card lead, and after losing the first two of a three-game series against them last week, Colorado badly needed to dodge a sweep on Wednesday.
Tulowitzki, who finished that night 3-for-4 with a home run in an eventual 4-3 win, helped give it to them.
Thanks to three multihit games while his club went 3-3, Tulowitzki is now batting .289 with 81 RBIs and a career-high 29 home runs and 17 stolen bases. With a .988 fielding percentage, he's vying to become the first shortstop in Major League history to hit at least 25 homers and post a .990-plus fielding percentage.
As of Monday, the Rockies are 85-65, a record that puts them five games behind the Dodgers in the NL West and 4 1/2 up on the Giants in the Wild Card with 12 remaining.
Other nominees for the award included Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who tossed a complete-game shutout, and Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche, who led the Majors with a .563 batting average (9-for-16). Also getting consideration were Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster (0.56 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings) and Dodgers right-hander Jon Garland (2-0 with a 1.29 ERA).
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.