SF Giants Announcer: Tulowitzki Is Stealing Signs at Coors

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How do you explain Troy Tulowitzki’s .571 home batting average (OPS over 1.600) plummeting to just .247 on the road? For Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow, Tulo’s mashing for such an extended period suggests the Rockies star is getting extra help at Colorado’s Coors Field. Krukow explored the idea before San Francisco headed into a three-game set with the Rockies.

“I swear¬†he’s getting signs,” Krukow told the hosts of the Murph & Mac¬†radio show on KNBR in the Bay Area. “There’s no way you hit like that for this long. I mean, you hit .571, that’s for a weekend or a week, but you don’t do it for six weeks. That’s insane.” Krukow was amazed at Tulo’s balance and pitch selection above all else.

“When we saw him, he never was off his back leg. [Tulowitzki] was never fooled, not one time … whatever speed you threw at him, he was on it,” Krukow recounted. “That kind of gets you thinking. If you can get away with it, I guess it’s legal.” Though Krukow seemed to consider backtracking at the end of he statements, he ended up happy to stand behind them.

Dramatic home versus away stat splits

Whatever’s in the water at Coors Field, Tulowitzki has been feeding off it. Even after a relative slump (2-for-10 in three games) against the Giants, the Rockies shortstop was carrying a .521 average with a 1.559 OPS (.959 slugging) over 21 games in Colorado. On the road, those numbers dropped to a .247 average and .894 OPS. That’s about half the production away from Tulowitzki’s home park. Can it be explained?