Troy Tulowitzki believes he has been "brutal" this season. His team has been worse, falling into a tie for last place in the National League West entering Monday night.

As he sat in the back corner of the Rockies' clubhouse, the all-star shortstop spoke in measured tones about a season in which he hasn't measured up. Manager Jim Tracy dropped Tulowitzki to fifth in the lineup, followed by Todd Helton in the sixth slot, to try to jump-start the offense.

"I have to get myself going," Tulowitzki said. "When I do that, they will put me where I fit best. It's not a big deal. I need to get moving in the right direction."