Rockies' Tulowitzki hoping that E-6 is a thing of the past

It's not the start he wanted, but things have calmed down lately for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

At the very least, nobody's coming to his house anytime soon to seize his two Gold Gloves.

In one of the strangest developments of the season's first few weeks, Tulowitzki, normally one of the game's most dependable shortstops, already has seven errors.

He had six all of last season -- in 684 total chances.

His seven this year have come in 139 total chances.

But after committing six errors in Colorado's first 11 games, he's made only one in the Rockies' next 17.

"I think I'm back to my old self," says Tulowitzki, who has won Gold Gloves in each of the past two seasons. "You go through those things in this game, and you care so much you can't help thinking about it."

He admitted following that sixth error against the Padres back in mid-April that the errors were on his mind.

At that point, he had committed six in only 63 chances. And four of the six came on poor throws, which never before had been a problem for him.

But Rockies manager Jim Tracy never did see anything close to a case of the yips. What he remembers is that two of Tulowitzki's throwing errors came in one inning, in Denver, in the rain, against Arizona on April 14.

"He had a hard time throwing two grenades," Tracy says. "Two soaking wet baseballs across the diamond didn't get to where they needed to get to.

"It happens."

Tulowitzki's seven errors are the third-highest among NL shortstops this season, behind the Dodgers' Dee Gordon (9) and the Cubs' Starlin Castro (8).

Likes: What an amazing night for the Rangers' Josh Hamilton, and if you don't think it was special, then check this stat out: There have been 21 perfect games in major-league history. But four home runs in a game has happened only 16 times. ... The Nationals-Phillies rivalry. It's just getting good. Real good. ... The Angels' C.J. Wilson pitching Friday night in Arlington as the Angels and Rangers play for the first time this season. On the mound for Texas? Yu Darvish. Can't wait. ... This season of Mad Men has been sensational. ... Early reaction to Veep, the new HBO comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus: It's pretty funny.

Dislikes: Sleep well, Levon Helm. The Band always was one of the most underrated groups, in my opinion. And the bitter feud that developed between Helm and Robbie Robertson was sad. And very sad that they never patched it up. ... Farewell to Goober, too. George Lindsay was absolutely terrific as Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, one of television's all-timers.

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about half past dead
"I just need some place where I can lay my head
"Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?
"He just grinned and shook my hand, and "No!", was all he said.
"Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
"Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me"

-- The Band, The Weight

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