April not so cruel to Tulowitzki this time

April not so cruel to Tulowitzki this time

ATLANTA -- Peer down the list of Rockies batting averages, and Troy Tulowitzki's doesn't stand out.

By the end of the season, Tulowitzki and the Rockies would like for his numbers to leap off the page as one of the highest on the team, or in the National League. For now, though, it's good his average doesn't attract much notice.

Tulowitzki entered Saturday's game with the Braves at .268. That's well below the .297 season average of 2009 but way above his April career average of .205. One bad or good game could send the numbers fluctuating, but he hasn't dug a hole the way he has in past Aprils.

"I feel OK, but obviously there's room for improvement," said Tulowitzki, who kicked up this year's April number by going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Friday. "It's early. Everybody knows I get off to slow starts, so we'll see if I can really help out the team.

"I think I'm in a better place than before, but at the same time, I should be in a better place. I have another year [behind me], and I should not press as much. If I get off to a slow start, it's not like I'm not going to play, so I should feel relaxed."

The Rockies' offense mirrors Tulowitzki's. It's not bad, but it's several steps below expectations.

"You'd like it to be perfect, but you build toward something," manager Jim Tracy said. "We've only got 152 more games to play. In the meantime, we've found a way to split the first 10 games of the season. It's very fair to have it be discussed, because there are things that are not completely right. We're finding ways to win some ballgames, and we know that there's a lot more that we want to be right as we move forward."