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The Marginal Value of Kendrys Morales

In everyday conversation, the term “marginal” is derogatory, a word we use to describe a person or product of borderline desirability. In economics, an item’s “marginal” value is something quite different: it recognizes that the value of an item depends on who is shopping for… [More]

Strength of Schedule in the NL Central

Yesterday, I published an article on Fangraphs Community discussing the effect that strength of schedule can have on early-season offense.  Among other things, I noticed that while the Oakland Athletics have been tearing up the league with their bats, they’ve also faced some of the… [More]

The Skill(s) of Winning 1-Run Baseball Games

The Brewers came up short this weekend to a Cubs team that has finally started to play a bit closer to its true talent.  The Brewers are now 27-17, and their one win in the three-game weekend series came by a one-run margin. The concept… [More]

The Brewers’ Defensive Bulwark

For some reason, the Brewers have often, and recently, had a reputation as a subpar defensive team.  I really don’t know why this is. There are two reasonably-advanced systems that can be aggregated to measure overall team defense: Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and Ultimate Zone… [More]

The Brewers’ Somewhat-Reduced Need to Keep Winning

Last week, we talked about using your preseason expectation to constrain your enthusiasm over the Brewers’ highly-successful start. This week, I want to talk about something equally important: what the Brewers need to do for the rest of the season in order to be a… [More]

Predicting the 2014 Brewers Record

At the moment I write this, the Brewers are 19-7, having won 73% of their first 26 games. Brewer fan reactions tend to be some combination of at least these two emotions: (1) absolute delight at this ridiculously-good start, and (2) confusion as to what… [More]

For Brewers Batters, Impatience is an Unexpected Virtue

Brewers hitters are known to be an impatient bunch. So far in 2014, the Brewers rank last in the number of pitches they see during each plate appearance. An average team lets 3.85 pitches go by before finishing the at-bat, and the most patient team,… [More]

The Brewers’ Line-Driving Frenzy

The Brewers’ pitching staff gets most of the credit for the team’s hot start, and deservedly so. Their success comes from the most obvious source: they have allowed fewer runs than any other team. In that sense, the ultimate reason for the pitching staff’s success… [More]

Brewers Starters: The Upcoming Regression

Brewers’ starters stunned and amazed by generating a 1.99 Earned Run Average (ERA) against the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox, two bona fide postseason contenders, during the Brewers’ first five games. We know that is not going to last.  The Los Angeles Dodgers have… [More]

The More Talented Brewers Bullpen

The Brewers prevailed in their Opening Day contest against in the Braves, in a game that featured three of the Brewers’ best bullpen pitchers pitching sequential scoreless frames.  Last year’s best Brewers reliever, Brandon Kintzler, handled seventh-inning duties doing what he does best: induce ground… [More]