Monday, June 25, 2012

Rox Talk - Week 12

The Week That Was
A 2-4 week against the Phillies and Rangers. The Rox currently stand at 27-44.  Ffiteen games behind the Dodgers for the division lead in fourth place. Currently 15-21 at home and 12-23 on the road, the Rox have been outscored by its opponents 403-355 (expected wins is 31 versus historical wins at 33). On pace for 62 wins with 810 runs scored and 920 runs against. Playoff indicator (Runs Scored/Runs Against ratio) is 0.88 (1.16 indicates high playoff potential).

The Rox nine game road swing through Detroit, Philadelphia, and Arlington is done.  Rox finished at 3-6.  Not a complete nightmare, for a Rox road trip, although any hope that Interleague might help the Rox was squashed fairly earlier this month with sweeps by the A's and Mariners. Detroit and Texas only added to Rox woes.  In an interesting scheduling quirk Rox potentially might be facing potential World Series teams in back to back series.  After finishing with Texas, the Rox travel home to start a four game series against the second best NL team in the Washington Nationals.

As if we need any more reminders about how our team is terribly constructed we get to see two teams in one week that define the class of baseball.  Of course baseball schedulers also prove this by then scheduling the Padres visit which will highlight two of the worse teams in baseball!  Either way Woody Paige had an interesting take on the Rox this weekend.  Frightening how the Post has become good reading again for Rox fans.  Nice to see someone cares or at least finds the idea of getting someone fired more interesting than Manning's ability to throw a pass.  Interesting to see if anyone in Management bothers to care or if they just keep counting the money they make off of people more interested in being at a ballgame as opposed to actually caring who wins that ballgame.

I am also quite befuddled at the amount of people claiming that the humidor brought sanity to Coors Field. Sure it had some effect but is it so hard to make the leap that maybe we actually had some decent pitchers tossing for the home team and that was the cause of real baseball being played in the altitude challenged Coors?  Couple of articles went on to discuss warmer temperatures and drier air and yada yada.  Dismal Dan even admitted that he was scratching is head for answers.  Can someone just admit that Rox just don't have a very good pitching rotation and leave it at that?  Stop making excuses, look at Texas, they got good when they got pitching.  Baseball isn't that challenging of a game.  Good players win games.  Replacement players don't.

And finally I am somewhat appalled that people think it would be crazy to trade CarGo.  Excuse me please but to win at Coors (and anywhere else) requires pitching.  Rox have none at this point.  To win therefore we need all the pitching we can get.  We can't draft pitching (Dismal Dan has proven this point), so the only way we get pitching is to trade offense.  Coors makes offense wonders so trade high and get pitching.  If CarGo can get a pitching prospect that can tame Coors then Rox will find offense.  When hasn't Coors made a wonder child out of a replacement or reclamation player?

Oh and Rox defense has been terrible too...

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