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Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Week 13: Brewers Roster Rankings

On March 6, 2015, I celebrated the first “true” week of the season — the beginning of spring training! — with a set of organizational rankings that reflected my optimism about the Brewers’ season. After an unremarkable spring training, unremarkable not because of performance but… [More]

Meet Tyler Wagner

By on May 29, 2015

Meet Tyler Wagner

Waking up Friday morning, Brewers fans were greeted with a variation of Christmas morning gifts: instead of recalling an organizational depth arm or making a waiver claim to replace Wily Peralta, the Brewers are rumored to be recalling prospect Tyler Wagner. The move is somewhat… [More]

Lunch Hour Round Up: Efficiency Woes

Carlos Gomez was on the money when he described the current Brewers woes: “It’s not like frustrating. It’s like more disappointing,” Gomez said. “We can play better than that. It’s not one guy, it’s in general. “It’s kind of about luck. Sometimes we pitch, we don’t hit…. [More]

Where Did the Brewers Offense Go Wrong?

Part of me wishes that I could have the offseason back, in order to take a sharper eye to the Brewers roster. When I analyzed the Brewers’ contractual situations and potential reserve rights, I outlined one major offseason goal related to the offense: platoon Jean… [More]

Strategy Recap: Sixth Inning Meltdown

Our Milwaukee Nine are having a rough season, and there was not a better demonstration of that fact than the San Francisco Giants’ sixth inning performance against Kyle Lohse and three relievers: Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith, and Neal Cotts. The inning exhibited a crushing shift… [More]

Quick Glance: Kyle Lohse

Despite a frustrating series in New York, one brightside was Kyle Lohse‘s return to quality start territory. The righty extended that streak by continuing his off-speed attack in Detroit. Suddenly the veteran righty is working on a stretch of 14 IP / 2 R baseball,… [More]

Pitching Blame

By on May 22, 2015

Pitching Blame

Brewers pitchers allowed 16 runs to the Cincinnati Reds on April 21, and 14 runs to the Dodgers on May 7. In the 14 games sandwiched between those terrible staff outings, the Milwaukee hurlers put together a string of excellent games: the club allowed fewer… [More]

Smartbuilding #2: Contending & Prospect Windows

One useful tool for analyzing baseball rosters is to look at specific “windows” of contract / reserve control. By looking at when specific contracts expire, or when a club loses its arbitration (or reserve) rights for certain players, one can determine the type of goals… [More]

Ryan Braun’s Adjustment

Nearly three weeks ago, Ryan Braun swung at approximately 46% of pitches outside the strike zone. If you’re guessing that improved discipline is driving Braun’s .266/.360/.547 May campaign, your guess is correct. However, it’s not simply that Braun has cut down on swings outside the… [More]

Fun With Pythagoras #9: Efficiency Standings

One of the most interesting developments of the 2014 National League was the fall of the elite Cardinals. About as “true” a 100-win club as one could find in 2013, the Cardinals’ bats fell off the face of the earth, raising significant question marks about… [More]