Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 14

Disciples of Uecker

We'd like to go to the Playoffs, that would be cool.

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2014 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

From June 21 through the end of the 2013 season, the Cincinnati Reds stood in third place in the NL Central for all but a handful of days. One can see their season as a failure, viewing only their last week, during which they lost… [More]

2014 Preview: Brewers vs. Cubs

About a decade ago, I distinctly remember the pain of attending a Cubs game at Miller Park. Our beloved Brew Crew were rebuilding, and a bunch of peace-sign-kissing, Sammy Sosa / Cubs fans were crawling out of the woodwork. During the National Anthem, rowdy fans… [More]

2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

The 2013 Cubs should have been better. Their team should have won more games, their young roster core should have produced better, their players manager should have engaged the team better. If one takes the basic “rebuilding” route of the Cubs into consideration, 2013 does… [More]

2014 Preview: Brewers vs. Pirates

The Pirates’ first trip to the playoffs in a generation included their first winning series against the Brewers in six seasons. From 2007 through 2012, the Brewers went 69-24 against the Pirates, but Pittsburgh forcefully stopped that streak last year. Not only did Pittsburgh take… [More]

2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After two trying but ultimately formative seasons, the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates delivered an excellent winning season to their fans. The Pirates’ destiny only could be stopped by the St. Louis Cardinals, who bested the Pirates in the NL Central standings and the Divisional Series Playoffs…. [More]

What is the NL Central Narrative?

As pitchers and catchers begin to report to spring training camps, fans and analysts can intensify their efforts to preview the 2014 NL. Rosters are becoming clearer as the last free agency transactions occur, and depth charts begin to take shape. For fans of the… [More]

88 Wins

By on February 11, 2014

88 Wins

On Thursday, I noted that the 2012-2013 Brewers have the largest split in winning percentage between their first half and second half performances in the NL Central. Despite two seasons that are best disappointing (2013)-to-moderately successful (2012), the second half Brewers won games at a… [More]

Winning Identities: 2012-2013 NL Central

The Cubs and Brewers did not have a chance in 2013. Not a single chance. The Cardinals, Pirates, and Reds not only made the playoffs as a trio — division winner and both Wild Card spots — but they also did so while completely dominating… [More]

TVLand: A Small Market Solution?

Speaking at the 2013 All-Star Game in New York, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig cited an alarming fact. According to The Associated Press, he stated that the average MLB salary rose 6% (to $3.65 million) for opening day 2013, allegedly the highest climb since 2008. As… [More]

Around Milwaukee’s History: Hall of Greatness

This week, voting opened once again on the DoU Hall of Greatness. Our site’s Hall is a fun opportunity to reflect on Milwaukee’s baseball history, and maybe do so in a light that is more robust, inclusive, or fan-oriented than Milwaukee’s official Walk of Fame…. [More]