Monday, September 17, 2012

Rox Talk - Week 24

Week 24
A 2-4 week against the Giants and Padres. The Rox currently stand at 58-87 (second half record at 25-35). Twenty-four and half games behind the Giants for the division lead in last place. Currently 31-43 at home and 27-44 on the road, the Rox have been outscored by its opponents 792-692 (expected wins is 64 versus historical wins at 69). On pace for 65 wins with 773 runs scored and 885 runs against. Playoff indicator (Runs Scored/Runs Against ratio) is 0.87 (1.16 indicates high playoff potential).

Physiology @ Altitude
This past weekend the Denver Post had an interesting tidbit on how the Rox management are now looking more closely at the effects of playing at altitude and its effects on human body.  After reading this I just have to say wow, it took management this long?  How a team that spends this sort of coin doesn't look at everything just amazes me.  Rox are paying $80 million in salary this year to big league players.  How something as simple as nutrition and training aren't more closely watched just goes to show you that it ain't the Monforts fault they are raking in the dough, it's our fault for not calling them on it.

As a runner myself I know that working out at altitude is not easy on the body.  Recovery suffers, aches and pains aren't as quick to leave but I also now there are some benefits.  Cyclist, swimmers, and runners all know the philosophy of "Live High, Train Low".  Studies conducted in the 90s showed performance gains by following this regiment.  Could baseball training make a difference?  Should our starter's throw on home games and then immediately head for sea level to allow for recovery?

Frankly it would be nice that all possible alternatives are looked at.  At this point the Rox are a bottom rung team and it would be nice if management exhausted all possible reasons for the failure to do better on the field!

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