PHILADELPHIA -- Drew Stubbs has not had consistent playing time with the Rockies this season, but the outfielder goes through the same preparation routines he did when he was a starter with the Reds and Indians in the past.
The results have been strong. Stubbs entered Wednesday batting .333 with three home runs and nine RBIs and six steals in 39 games. Stubbs entered the season with far better numbers against left-handed pitchers than right-handers, but his splits this year have been more respectable -- .375 in 48 at-bats against lefties; .294 in 51 at-bats against righties.
"You've got to find a routine that works for you and stick with it," Stubbs said. "Whether I'm in there or whether I'm not, I try to be consistent. It's got me in a good place. Now I'm trying to stay there."
With left-handed-hitting Charlie Blackmon starting regularly and left-handed-hitting Corey Dickerson (.347 entering Wednesday) and right-handed-hitting Brandon Barnes (.296) also productive, manager Walt Weiss has to keep balancing the playing time to keep them all productive. So far, what has emerged is a system where they all understand the situations in which they can produce. Rather than compete with one another, the outfielders prepare for their likely situations.
"The primary goal of this team is to win games, regardless who's in the lineup," Stubbs said. "Everybody's pulling for one another to get the job done, and that's the bottom line."
Weiss gives Tulo breather for finale in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he believed Troy Tulowitzki needed a break Wednesday, so didn't start the shortstop against the Phillies in the finale of a three-game series.
Tulowitzki ended up playing a role in the Rockies' 6-3 loss, though, striking out as a pinch-hitter with runners on second and third in the seventh inning as part of an 0-for-2 night.
The decision not to start Tulowitzki came as somewhat of a surprise, because left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was out with a bruised right calf suffered Tuesday night. The Rockies needed a win not only to take the series, but to pull to 3-3 on their current nine-game road trip.
"With Tulo, I'm just trying to get a feel for how he's feeling each day," Weiss said. "It was my decision to keep him out today. I don't necessarily like keeping both those guys out at the same time, and it's a decision I came to after talking with him and just trying to stay out in front of some things."
Tulowitzki did not ask to sit. He had started all 20 games since May 4, and produced well in that period, batting .333 with a .439 on-base percentage, seven home runs, two doubles and 12 RBIs.
"I just think he just wants to give me a little breather. It's one of those maintenance things," Tulowitzki said. "It [stinks], but it's part of it. But we have talked about it from the beginning, and it's something that's part of our plan."
In the seventh inning of Tuesday's 6-2 victory, Tulowitzki did not have the gear it took to beat out a throw from Phillies third baseman Cesar Hernandez, who fielded a bouncer well behind the bag. Weiss didn't refer to a specific play, but he said he looks for signs that his three-time All-Star shortstop -- who, it was announced Wednesday, leads all NL players in votes for this year's All-Star Game -- needs to rest.
"That's what I do, try to keep an eye on him -- watch how he's moving, those types of things -- and act accordingly," Weiss said. "It's a good chance to get him a couple days in a row here."
The Rockies are off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday.
Sore calf keeps CarGo out of starting lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was not limping Wednesday as much as he was after Tuesday's game, when he fouled a pitch off his right calf in the second inning and later exited the Rockies' 6-2 victory over the Phillies. Nonetheless, Gonzalez was not in the lineup Wednesday.
"Yesterday, I was limping pretty bad, but now I feel good, actually," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez, who grounded into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 6-3 loss, said the frustrating part of the injuries this year is they aren't preventable. He has played through left knee tendinitis in the past, but this year, he has had unpredictable flare-ups that have affected his production, and he's dealt on and off with a left index finger injury that causes sudden swelling.
A sprained ligament in his right middle finger -- a far more serious injury than the left index finger ailment this year -- curtailed Gonzalez's effectiveness for the second half of the 2013 season.
"The injuries have been crazy," Gonzalez said. "The tendinitis is from fatigue, from a lot of work and a lot of running, because it's not easy to play in the outfield. It started last year, but I played through it and was the same player, with a pain in my knee. I was stealing bases, I was going after balls and I was hitting the ball hard. Then with the fingers, and the foul ball, there's nothing I can do about it."