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Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Gomez & Lucroy: The Gateway to 2015

When Jonathan Lucroy‘s hamstring injury was reported last week, it was difficult to not imagine the injury as some continuation of the “collapse” narrative. That is, if the Brewers collapsed out of sheer, inexplicable luck in 2014, a different side of that coin seemed poised… [More]

Fastballs & Sliders: Brewers 2015 Rotation

If Brewers fans are uncertain of the identity of their 2015 pitching rotation, they only need to consider a couple of key facts: Everyone in the Brewers rotation increased the total percentage of pitches that were either fastballs (rising, sinker, cutter) or sliders. (Well, everyone… [More]

2015 National League: Late Offseason Push

As veteran righty James Shields heads to San Diego, the balance of power in the National League further shifts toward the 76-to-85 win clubs that were not far from reaching the playoffs in 2014. Earlier in the offseason, I looked extensively at the rather mediocre… [More]

Lucroy on First

By on February 5, 2015

Lucroy on First

Lately, there have been many rumors (see: Jonathan Papelbon), seemingly minor transactions (such as the Chris Perez deal, which adds another bullpen depth arm to the organization), and other updates related to the Milwaukee Brewers, which may take focus away from first base platoon speculation:… [More]

Building & Rebuilding #6 (Reprise): Depth

Since Brewers President of Baseball Operations & GM Doug Melvin traded Yovani Gallardo and signed Neal Cotts, the 40-man roster has undergone changes that reshape some of the team’s peripheral depth. First, and foremost, the Brewers made two moves to clear roster space for their… [More]

Brewers Sign Neal Cotts

By on January 30, 2015

Brewers Sign Neal Cotts

Yesterday, news surfaced that the Brewers signed lefty reliever Neal Cotts to a one-year deal. News is now surfacing that the pending 40-man move to make space for Cotts will be announced by the Brewers. Most analysis thus far has focused on Cotts’ extensive injury… [More]

Does Revenue Sharing Explain Declining Runs Scored? Part II

Something rather interesting happened over the last decade in Major League Baseball: the game’s biggest markets did not uniformly produce skyrocketing payrolls throughout the full decade. Some of this may be cultural: if there is one particularly “en vogue” area of Moneyball that caught fire,… [More]

Does Revenue Sharing Explain Declining Runs Scored? Part I

Impact Contracts The summer of 2011 was a brutal reminder of futility to come in Lakeview, as a bloated Cubs roster spent yet another year toiling in the NL Central. Part of a seemingly impossible payroll north of $130 million, third baseman Aramis Ramirez was… [More]

An Open Letter on Fielding Shifts

In case you missed it yesterday, a video interview featuring incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed, in part, the declining offensive environment in the MLB. Now infamously, the Commissioner suggested that he would be open to considering a ban (or limitation) on fielding shifts (depending… [More]

Value & Dependability: Yovani Gallardo’s Legacy

On November 20, 2014, I provided the following judgment (or outlook) for the 2015 Brewers rotation: Our beloved Milwaukee Nine have a rotation that is difficult to judge for 2015. On the one hand, there is a clear argument to be made that the Brewers… [More]