Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 16

Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Series Preview: Brewers @ Diamondbacks

After the Diamondbacks met the Brewers in the 2011 National League Division Series, having drawn the series to the fullest extent of excitement and competitive balance, Arizona’s nine suffered a fate similar to the Brewers in 2012. While both teams underperformed their run differentials —… [More]

Fun With Pythagoras #4: Opponents

Last night’s 4-3 victory over the Reds was excellent. The game featured a little bit of everything, from a Kyle Lohse quality start to a storm of extra base hits by Brewers bats to Carlos Gomez‘s phenomenal game-ending catch (I love when Gomez hands Francisco… [More]

Christmas in July: Potential Prospect Targets

FIRST, Happy Independence Day There seems no better way for me to begin my Independence Day than to write about baseball. Baseball captures much about the American spirit, both in its tenacious, grinding, strategic pace, and through its tumultuous labor history. So frequently, we leave… [More]

Brewers Round ‘Em Up: 81 down, 81 to go!

Yesterday, I was working on run distribution and run prevention stats for the Brewers, and I was really hoping I’d get to write this after another solid pitching performance. After an extremely rough month of May, the Brewers’ pitching staff put things together in June,… [More]

Lessons from Dependable SP and Rebuilding Clubs

In a strange universe, halfway through the 2013 season, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer built a club that stands within a handful of games of the National League Wild Card. While working on comparisons between the Cubs and Brewers for a potential series preview earlier… [More]

Switchin’ Pitches: Gallardo’s Mysterious Cutter

Last month, I investigated Franchise Starter Yovani Gallardo‘s fastballs, in part to respond to the clamor over the righty’s falling velocity. Specifically, I focused on the strange fact that Gallardo appeared to be focusing on secondary fastballs more in 2013 than in previous seasons, while… [More]

Judging Potential Returns From ’11-’12 Midseason RP Trades

As the Brewers’ season continues, chances are fans, writers, and analysts will dive deeper and deeper into “firesale” mode. With the Brewers out of the Wild Card race, fan expectations shift from acquiring those few missing players that solidify a contender to finding a valuable… [More]

Series Preview: Brewers vs. Astros

One of the best FanGraphs articles I read during the offseason took to task the typical fan notion that once their beloved nine’s 162-game record falls below that 82-win threshold, there’s no difference between the remaining win totals. 77 wins, 62 wins, whatever — the… [More]

Fun With Pythagoras #3: Ratios, Runs, and Wins

Years ago, I wrote a round-up for Bernie’s Crew titled, “Fun With Pythagoras.” As the Brewers’ disappointing 2010 campaign was winding down, I asked, “By how many runs do the Brewers need to improve to field a competitive team in 2011?” The question connected to… [More]

A Case Against Rebuilding

The Kansas City Royals provided a strong narrative spark for the 2013 season. After nine-consecutive losing seasons — and another group of nine-consecutive losing seasons prior to their 2003 winning campaign — the Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore decided that enough was enough. The goal… [More]