From there, Tulowitzki’s journey up the ladder becomes more difficult, as Vern Stephens (247) and Jose Valentin (249) are the gatekeepers to the top five. Presuming Tulowitzki does find a way to homer 50 more times over the next two-plus seasons, he’ll be in position to make a run at Robin Yount (251) and Derek Jeter (260). And after that? Well, Tulowitzki is a ways away from matching Miguel Tejada’s 307 — and less than halfway to first-place Cal Ripken Jr.’s 431.
Here’s a look at the top ten shortstops in one handy table:
Rank Shortstop Career HR
1 Cal Ripken 1981-2001 431
2 Miguel Tejada 1997-2013 307
3 Derek Jeter 1995-2014 260
4 Robin Yount 1974-1993 251
5 Jose Valentin 1992-2007 249
6 Vern Stephens 1941-1955 247
7 Jimmy Rollins 2000- 230
8 Nomar Garciaparra 1996-2009 229
9 Hanley Ramirez 2005- 214
10 Troy Tulowitzki 2006- 200
Of course, there’s a chance — albeit a slim one — that Tulowitzki won’t be among the qualified players as his career winds down. Consider the cases of the obvious snubs here — like Alex Rodriguez and Ernie Banks, each of whom who moved to a different position before their career ended. Tulowitzki is unlikely to move to another position and see more games there than he has at shortstop, but that doesn’t mean a positional change is out of the question — and who knows, maybe moving to a less-demanding position can help minimize his durability woes.
All told, Tulowitzki has a good chance to finish top five among shortstop home runs, and a solid chance to crack the top three. That’s not the lofty accomplishment he seemed destined for a few years back, but it’s a pretty good one nonetheless.
Monday’s slate does not offer us a traditional ace. Nor does it really offer a ton of pitchers to stack against. It’s kind of a mixed bag of good, if not great, pitchers and a couple of really bad ones. At pitcher, it’s pretty clear that you just diversify, but this does make the hitting more interesting.
I’m sure the Red Sox and Diamondbacks are going to be extremely popular for different reasons. The Diamondbacks are facing a pitcher making his major league debut (the Yankees’ Chad Green), and Red Sox have quite simply been the best hitting team in baseball. I don’t mind focusing on those two with several different pitchers, but that’s also going to lead to a lot of lineups that don’t cash. Instead I’ll focus on great hitters who have seen significant price drops.
Paul Goldschmidt just happens to be a part of the aforementioned stack and is extremely underpriced. I’ll have a hard time playing another 1B on FanDuel. I don’t feel quite as excited about Josh Donaldson, but his price on FanDuel has fallen $1,500 in the last month and he’s at home against a LHP. Giancarlo Stanton is down to $4,100 and he gets a very nice positive park factor in Philadelphia.
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