LOS ANGELES -- This is usually the time of year that Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki heats up offensively.
Before this year, Tulowitzki would struggle through April, but by the summer months he would assume his place among the best in baseball at his position. The difference this time is he had a good April that he has carried into May. He entered Sunday afternoon's finale against the Dodgers hitting .308 with one home run and 14 RBIs.
So if in the past he was a sub-.200 hitter in April and a .300-or-better hitter the rest of the way, does that mean he blows .300 away for the rest of this year?
Tulowitzki chuckles at the expectation he's built for himself.
"I don't feel like I'm struggling, but I don't think I'm where everybody expects me to be," Tulowitzki said. "Hopefully, I get going here and my team gets going as well.
"If you look at numbers, I'm not that bad of a player, but at the same time they expect a lot out of me. But I hope that's the case, that I can continue what I did in years past, but you never know."
Of course, the folly would be for Tulowitzki to try to hit 100 points above his average. No one with any perspective is asking that.
"I'm not going to sit here and encourage him to do it," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "All we would do is anything that he's feeling that isn't quite right yet, we're just going to worsen it. Just continue to take at-bats and just try to barrel up the ball."
Tulowitzki said, "I just do what I do, and that's enough to play at this level. Don't try to do too much. It's going to come."