Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 21

Disciples of Uecker

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Posts by Nicholas Zettel

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]

Quick Trends: Lucroy, Axford, Weeks, and Home/Road Splits

After two wins in Philadelphia, the Brewers’ starting pitchers opened the following games with first inning runs, leading to consecutive onslaughts by opposing bats. Behind the losses, a few of the Brewers’ previously struggling players continued their improvements. Upon Scooter Gennett‘s recall from the minors,… [More]

Efficiency Ratings: May 30, 2013

Fielding Independent Pitching is a ratio designed to estimate the number of runs one might expect a team to allow based on (a) their pitchers’ performances with strike outs, walks, and home runs, and (b) average defensive efficiency. This is a popular baseball metric in… [More]

Run Distribution and Wins

Over the weekend, I had a chance to visit my hometown and see my first Brewers game in quite some time (I witnessed Saturday’s loss in person, my first Brewers game at Miller Park since at least 2010 or 2011). It was great to be… [More]

Wily Peralta’s Release Points and Sliders

From the get-go, the Los Angeles Dodgers hit Wily Peralta yesterday. Carl Crawford started the damage by singling off of Peralta’s very first offering. The next two outs would be Peralta’s best sanctuary from the Dodgers’ offense, and the lonely first inning run simply foreshadowed… [More]

Yovani Gallardo and Multiple Fastballs

Fans, analysts, and writers have spilled a lot of virtual ink about Franchise Starter Yovani Gallardo‘s fastball velocity. As Tom Haudricourt reported recently, Manager Ron Roenicke insists that Gallardo is fine, adding that he is not sure why Gallardo’s fastball velocity is down. The basic… [More]

The Rickie Weeks Test

For the last two months, I’ve Googled “Biogenesis MLB” about once daily. The MLB’s most recent labor scandal is particularly interesting because some of the names are not connected to PEDs, and allegedly had their names cleared (Gio Gonzalez was the first, and most notable,… [More]

Drafting, Signing, Developing NL Starting Pitchers

There’s an old saying that, “There’s No Such Thing as a Pitching Prospect,” but baseball fans certainly hold their front offices to the task of piecing together strong pitching rotations regardless. After all, despite there apparently being no such thing as a pitching prospect, fans… [More]

Should the Brewers Stop Developing Pitchers?

The 2006 Houston Astros featured as many home-grown starting pitchers on their roster as the Cincinnati Reds would develop and employ from 2006-present. Shockingly, the 2006 Cincinnati Reds’ starting rotation did not feature one single starting pitcher drafted or signed by the Reds. This is… [More]

Fun With Pythagoras #2: On The Whole, I’d Rather Not Face the Cards

Given my reputation as a stathead here and throughout my years with Bernie’s Crew, I should note that I thought about submitting the following picture when it came time to submit my staff photo: I should say, just in case it’s unclear, that I’m not… [More]