Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 15

Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Roster Construction: Positions By Year

Odds are, when Rickie Weeks finishes his tenure with the Brewers, Brewers fans will focus on disappointments. Weeks never quite lived up to the mythical potential fans supplied for him. Weeks’s injuries always seemed to interfere with his abilities just as he was turning a… [More]

Brewers Do Not Need a Lead Off Bat

A common refrain from Brewers fans is, “The Brewers need a lead-off hitter.” This chorusĀ has beenĀ prominent since Doug Melvin traded Norichika Aoki to Kansas City, and it reverberated beneath the club’s hunt for a 1B during the winter meetings. Yet, the fans’ desire for a… [More]

Sunday Night Wishlist: Winter Meetings Begin

Heading into the winter meetings, it is strange to consider that baseball’s frenzied offseason has not eliminated some of the very best trading chips and free agents in the game. As Brewers GM Doug Melvin heads to Orlando, he has a couple of relatively low-key… [More]

Thursday Morning Coffee: The Valuable Carlos Gomez

For some reason, I felt a shudder when I first heard about Jacoby Ellsbury‘s contract with the New York Yankees. To get the Red Sox’ oft-injured centerfielder into pin stripes, the Yankees paid Ellsbury Top 20 money. Among deals signed over the last year, Ellsbury… [More]

Emerging Contracts: Revisiting Gallardo’s Value

While DoU is forging ahead with a few new changes, the last few weeks of right-handed pitching contracts have catapulted me back into the past. Last year, I fumbled through a couple of posts about the RHP-contract explosion in order to argue in favor of… [More]

Memorable Brewers Moments: Walk-Off Balk

Allen Craig‘s obstruction call in the 2013 World Series framed several beautiful issues with baseball’s rules. First and foremost, Craig showed a key benefit for hustling in baseball: when you hustle, and force a play, you force the umpires to make a call. In this… [More]

Roster Round-Up: Winter Ball, Staying Put

Yesterday, reports from Cardinals GM John Mozeliak‘s press conference found the Gm happy with his club’s roster. Mozeliak noted that although the Cardinals have some time to work on other moves, if the season started today, he likes their roster. It was a striking comment,… [More]

Questioning Braun / Ramirez / Hart

MLB.com reported that the Red Sox, Rays, and Rockies, among other teams, are interested in Brewers corner bat Corey Hart. More importantly, the official site reported that Hart has not yet been cleared for his knee injury, which he expects to occur in early December…. [More]

Tuesday Lunch: Lead-Off Woes

Last year, I featured Norichika Aoki as one of the Brewers’ special weapons. Aoki helped the exceptional offense by providing a specific need for the batting order. Even though he might have been an average-at-best bat in RF, the fact that the Brewers maintained excellent… [More]

Ranking the Brewers’ Rotation

It is rare for a club to follow a strict rotational pattern, in terms of the starters’ performances. While we conventionally call pitchers “#1 / #2 / #3 / #4 Starters,” teams typically cluster their starters in different spots. The 2008 Brewers featured two #1… [More]