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Does it Matter Who Else Joins the Brewers Bullpen?

Several names are probably locks for the opening day bullpen: Jim Henderson, Brandon Kintzler, Will Smith, Tom Gorzelanny, and Tyler Thornburg. That leaves one or two spots. Does it really matter who the Brewers choose? We can answer that by continuing last week’s discussion about… [More]

Matt Garza, and the Importance of an Average Rotation

As you’ve been told many times, the Brewers finalized a deal this past weekend with Matt Garza. The contract, which guarantees four years and offers various possibilities for a fifth, values Garza as providing an additional 2 to 2.5 wins per season. I am absolutely… [More]

Rescuing Yovani Gallardo

By on January 22, 2014

Rescuing Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo is in decline. As our J.P. Breen explained last month, Gallardo’s problems have compounded with his increasing inability to throw his curveball for strikes.  Without the curveball to worry about, hitters sit back and wait for Gallardo’s fastball.  Unfortunately, Gallardo’s fastball is also… [More]

Fly Balls, Ground Balls, and Brewers

There’s been a lot of attention paid to a recent article in Baseball Prospectus by Andrew Koo. A free version was later republished by Deadspin. Citing some persuasive data, Koo argues that Oakland’s Billy Beane may be engaging in “Moneyball” all over again. This time,… [More]

Jonathan Lucroy’s One Weakness

In his 2013 post-season Brewers grades, one sentence from Journal-Sentinel beat writers Tom Haudricourt and Todd Rosiak jumped out at me: Catchers Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado again formed a nice duo behind the plate though Lucroy had trouble throwing out runners. The reason this… [More]

Scooter Gennett Should Not be Platooned

Scooter Gennett had an impressive 2013 debut with the Brewers. Over 230 plate appearances — about a third of a season — Gennett’s bat produced 31% better than the league average position player (wRC+ of 131), and he combined that with above-average base running and… [More]

Khris Davis: Fluke or Phenom?

This past summer, an NL Central team, looking for a spark, called up a player from their AAA affiliate.  That player turned heads around baseball by hitting 11 home runs over just 163 plate appearances.  The performance was astonishing given how lightly this player had… [More]

Ranking the Best (and Worst) Roster Cores in the NL Central

Earlier this week, Baseball Prospectus published my calculations and rankings of the “core” roster quality of all 30 teams. Having a strong “core” means not only having players who produce, but who also produce while they are under long-term control and preferably while at or… [More]

The Mirage of the “Retooled” Brewers Bullpen

The 2012 Brewers bullpen had the worst earned-run average (ERA) in baseball: 4.66. The 2013 Brewers bullpen had the fifth-best ERA in baseball: 3.19. Because this dramatic improvement in ERA coincided with an overhaul of the bullpen, it’s tempting to chalk it up to great… [More]

The Brewers’ Curious Defensive Improvement

In 2012, the Brewers put out less than 69% of the batters who put the ball in play against them, a statistic known as “Defensive Efficiency.”  Baseball Prospectus, the venerable baseball statistics website, cheerfully describes that put-out rate as “horrendous.”  It rated 29th out of… [More]