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Tulowitzki capable of rescuing Rockies

Tulowitzki capable of rescuing Rockies
Baseball is about as sympathetic as a photo-radar ticket.

Slumps don't discriminate, from the bench player to the superstar. The lack of offense has helped place the Rockies in an undesirable spot, no one worse than manager Clint Hurdle, who realizes he needs wins to keep his job.

Changes are looming without improvement. Ian Stewart might get sent down to Triple-A to fix his plate approach. And don't be surprised if Garrett Atkins lands on the trading block sooner rather than later, though nothing is imminent until he regains his hitting stroke (which I staunchly, if not stubbornly, believe he will).

What this team needs is a star to carry it for a few weeks. And, no, Matt Holliday is not walking through the door. That's where he's missed. He could put a team on his back. Brad Hawpe is capable of pulling this off.

But my solution is broader, someone who can impact both sides of the ball: Troy Tulowitzki.

You say he's hurt, felled by a quad injury Sunday. I say he's not. Yes, he came out of the game. No, he doesn't believe it's serious. Or even minor.

"I am fine. I will be playing (Tuesday)," Tulowitzki said Sunday night.

Everyone is quick to rip Tulo. They believe he's too vocal, too

anxious at the plate, too confident. To me, Tulo's a winner, simple as that. He oozes passion and, with newfound faith, possesses maturity to handle failure.

When this team is at its best, he's usually in the middle of everything. He went 6-for-11 against the Marlins over the weekend, with two home runs. His blast Sunday proved critical in the Rockies claiming their first one-run victory of the season.

"I know one person is not bigger than the team," Tulowitzki said. "But I feel like when I play well, it really helps."

Don't forget Tulo's defense. He might not win a Gold Glove this season, but he will have one before he's done. In the NFL, they call players with this talent game-changers. What the Rockies need is a full-on, vibe alteration.

Everyone, it seems, is treading carefully at Coors Field these days, waiting for the other shoe to drop. A bad team means fewer fans, more trades and potentially deep cost-cutting moves from the clubhouse to the front office.

The Rockies need a player to go off, get crazy-hot, make the kind of plays that increase walk-up sales.

No player profiles better than Tulowitzki.

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Added: May 11, 2009

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