To understand the plight of the Colorado Rockies, consider that manager Jim Tracy gave Troy Tulowitzki a day off a week ago in San Diego and actually dropped Tulowitzki to the No. 5 spot in the batting order Sunday at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time Tulowitzki hit anywhere lower than cleanup in the lineup in three years.
Tulowitzki is considered the new face of the franchise.
It hasn't been a pretty picture, so far.
"We have a lot of veteran players and a lot of expectations,'' Tulowitzki said. "It's still early, but we need to get it going in the right direction. But we do have time.''
The Rockies do have 127 games left in their season. If those are going to be meaningful games, something has to happen in a hurry.
A year removed from being favored to win the National League West, the Rockies came into this season the consensus pick to finish fourth in the NL West. And they embraced the underdog role.
The organizational mantra was expect...