Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 10

Disciples of Uecker

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Lucroy on First

By on February 5, 2015

Lucroy on First

Lately, there have been many rumors (see: Jonathan Papelbon), seemingly minor transactions (such as the Chris Perez deal, which adds another bullpen depth arm to the organization), and other updates related to the Milwaukee Brewers, which may take focus away from first base platoon speculation:… [More]

Building & Rebuilding #6 (Reprise): Depth

Since Brewers President of Baseball Operations & GM Doug Melvin traded Yovani Gallardo and signed Neal Cotts, the 40-man roster has undergone changes that reshape some of the team’s peripheral depth. First, and foremost, the Brewers made two moves to clear roster space for their… [More]

Brewers Sign Neal Cotts

By on January 30, 2015

Brewers Sign Neal Cotts

Yesterday, news surfaced that the Brewers signed lefty reliever Neal Cotts to a one-year deal. News is now surfacing that the pending 40-man move to make space for Cotts will be announced by the Brewers. Most analysis thus far has focused on Cotts’ extensive injury… [More]

Does Revenue Sharing Explain Declining Runs Scored? Part II

Something rather interesting happened over the last decade in Major League Baseball: the game’s biggest markets did not uniformly produce skyrocketing payrolls throughout the full decade. Some of this may be cultural: if there is one particularly “en vogue” area of Moneyball that caught fire,… [More]

Does Revenue Sharing Explain Declining Runs Scored? Part I

Impact Contracts The summer of 2011 was a brutal reminder of futility to come in Lakeview, as a bloated Cubs roster spent yet another year toiling in the NL Central. Part of a seemingly impossible payroll north of $130 million, third baseman Aramis Ramirez was… [More]

An Open Letter on Fielding Shifts

In case you missed it yesterday, a video interview featuring incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed, in part, the declining offensive environment in the MLB. Now infamously, the Commissioner suggested that he would be open to considering a ban (or limitation) on fielding shifts (depending… [More]

Value & Dependability: Yovani Gallardo’s Legacy

On November 20, 2014, I provided the following judgment (or outlook) for the 2015 Brewers rotation: Our beloved Milwaukee Nine have a rotation that is difficult to judge for 2015. On the one hand, there is a clear argument to be made that the Brewers… [More]

Building and Rebuilding #7: Organizational Outlook

There are several fan outlooks of the Yovani Gallardo trade, but those outlooks need not frame the trade in an either/or fashion. Certainly, there is always an urge to judge a trade immediately, stating who won or who lost, who got the best of the… [More]

Brewers Trade Gallardo

By on January 19, 2015

Brewers Trade Gallardo

The Milwaukee Brewers traded Franchise Pitcher Yovani Gallardo. Sunday was one of the most gutwrenching sports days I’ve experienced, not simply because of the Packers’ epic collapse in Seattle (which, oddly enough, seemed to perfectly echo the Brewers’ collapse of 2014). I was devastated when… [More]

Defining the Lead-Off Role

The Brewers’ offense arguably underperformed expectations in 2014, which means that producing expectations for the 2015 Brewers offense requires a key question: was the underperforming offense simply a matter of luck (such as injuries, expected or unexpected decline, poor timing, etc.) or function (batting order… [More]