Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 17

Disciples of Uecker

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Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Consistency and Surges: Many Months, and 162 Games

In May 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates won 11 games with margins of victory of one or two runs, allowing their club to offset five losses of at least five runs. While the club steadily remained between third and fourth place throughout much of May —… [More]

Building and Rebuilding: Shifting NL Central Cores

Last year, I surveyed the contractual cores of the NL Central clubs, in order to project each club’s competitive vision into the future. For example, the Reds’ roster appeared to be at a turning point that could produce a potential dynasty, the Cubs were waiting… [More]

Previewing Previews: The NL Central Stays Put

Since the Super Bowl occurs Sunday, one thing is certain: it is FINALLY time to start thinking about NL Central previews for the 2013 season. I began my roster and depth chart search in earnest yesterday, in order to frame my expectations for the division… [More]

Morning Coffee: 1970s Brewers Relievers

While working on the 1970s installment of our “Hall of Greatness” voting, I was surprised to learn the number of notable performances made by Brewers relievers. Sure, I’d known about Ken Sanders, but how about Bill Castro or Jerry Bell? For a decade without many… [More]

Voting Logic and Short Trips Through Milwaukee

Johnny Antonelli was destined for greatness, but unfortunately Milwaukee only received a glimpse of the left-handed control specialist. After two years of military service, the 23-year old hurler worked 175.3 innings in Milwaukee, boasting a 3.18 ERA that outshines his 12-12 record. Moreover, his strike… [More]

Brewers Before the Show: Notable 1940s Minor Leaguers

Long before Milwaukee received their beloved American League team via Seattle, the Brewers were a ballclub in the wild days of independent minor league baseball. The Brewers held an American Association franchise in five consecutive decades, eventually landing an affiliation with the Boston Braves that… [More]

Thought Experiment: When is a free agent more valuable than a draft pick?

I’ve had this running debate in my mind for the last few weeks: why is it that Michael Bourn remains unsigned? Is it the fact that he costs a signing ballclub their first round selection? Is it the fact that he was arguably not the… [More]

What’s in a projection?

With the Brewers’ 2013 ZiPS projections available, I gather that scores of Brewers fans already concerned about the starting rotation suddenly became worried about the club’s excellent offense. As our own Ryan Topp noted with side-to-side comparisons, ZiPS’ conservative projections result in declining offensive production… [More]

Hall of Fame Madness

By on January 10, 2013

Hall of Fame Madness

If you’re upset about the results of the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot released on Wednesday, don’t worry: there are at least six future Hall of Fame statues on that ballot. If you tilt your head the right way, you might find more than 12…. [More]