Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 19

Disciples of Uecker

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

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Nationals and Giants: Competing Cores

Depending on your perspective, the Washington Nationals’ 2013 campaign either serves as evidence for, or against, the Washington club’s decision to shutdown Stephen Strasburg in 2012. The Nationals famously placed their young ace-in-development on an innings limit, just as the club was honing in on… [More]

World Series Preview: Boston’s Transition

If you’re skeptical of the “Return Ryan Braun and Corey Hart” model for the Brewers to field a competitive team in 2014, the 2013 Boston Red Sox might be a salient counterargument. After underplaying their 734 RS / 806 RA differential by five wins in… [More]

Kershaw, Aces, and Rotations

By now, this must be boring to read. For years, I’ve followed Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw‘s ascent against their Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax. Kershaw’s exceptional pace to become the Dodgers’ best left-hander in history continued in 2013, and if I write so frequently about… [More]

2013 NLCS: Replacement City

Believe it or not, last night’s Game 3 marked the first 2013 League Championship Series game started by a regular starting pitcher for the Cardinals. Thanks to a series of injuries and rotational shuffling, the Cardinals relied heavily on Joe Kelly as a swingman and… [More]

2013 NLCS: Models for Competing

Weeks into June, I was feeling pretty good about myself. In the offseason, I had picked the Arizona Diamondbacks to win their division. I thought the NL West would be wide open, and the Diamondbacks’ relatively young pitching staff would be able to withstand the… [More]

Who Needs Dependable Starters?

One of the narratives of the 2013 Brewers’ season was Yovani Gallardo‘s struggling campaign. The Brewers’ franchise pitcher worked his worst season of his career — his first below average season, even — after serving as one of the National League’s most dependable young pitchers… [More]

Playoffs and Dependable Pitchers

Looking at the 2013 Brewers starting rotation, one can take several different angles of analysis. First, one might argue that the club was doomed without dependable starters from the get go, and their use of 12 total starters reflects the sorry state of their preseason… [More]

2013 Standings: Parks and Runs

After a rousing finish against the Mets, and a particularly good September, we have an entire offseason to build narratives about the Brewers’ direction. First and foremost, it’s instructive to look at the Brewers’ position in the National League; specifically, it is instructive to review… [More]

Series Preview: Brewers @ Mets

The 2013 Wild Card races are producing drama in the Junior Circuit, as the Indians, Rays, and Rangers fight for their chance to enter the one game playoff. In the older league, the Reds and Pirates face off to determine home-field for their likely playoff… [More]

Around the Rotation: Estrada’s Fine Start

Last night, Marco Estrada threw seven scoreless innings against the Braves, beating Atlanta’s club with six strike outs, three walks, and two hits. Estrada’s outing served as a reminder of just how good the righty can be when he limits the long ball; for all… [More]