Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 22

Disciples of Uecker

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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]

…Your Contact Hitting Brewers

Years ago, I remember that Brewers fans gave their beloved Milwaukee Nine the reputation of an undisciplined, strikeout prone club. Our 2008 Wild Card favorites included a gang of bats that might strike out more than 20% of plate appearances, but also hit home runs… [More]

A Reprise: Extend Gallardo Soon!

On December 11, 2012, I argued that the Brewers should extend the contract of franchise starter Yovani Gallardo after the Zack Greinke deal exploded Matt Cain‘s previous record for right-handed starting pitchers, while simultaneously lowering the threshold for performance value to gain such a contract…. [More]

Planning Careers: Estrada vs. Thornburg

I believe there’s an argument that Tyler Thornburg should start the season as one of the Brewers’ five starters, perhaps in the place of Marco Estrada. In fact, that very argument can be drawn from Estrada’s own career, his first four years: among 65 games… [More]

Quality against Quantity: Shuffling the Rotation

After signing Tom Gorzelanny, Burke Badenhop, and a gang of minor league relievers, and (thankfully?) losing out on starting pitching free agents such as Ryan Dempster or Francisco Liriano, it is apparent that the Brewers are going to trust their young core of starters. These… [More]

Memorable Brewers Moments: Johnny Estrada’s Double Play

One of the most beautiful elements of baseball is the unquantifiable experiences while watching a ballgame — the unending potential that something will happen, the gloomy, unerring feeling that your team has no chance even when it’s a one-run game, and everything in between. Recently… [More]

Presented Without Comment: Christmas Fortune

From dinner, December 21, 2012

The Inimitable Marco Estrada

If Marco Estrada starts 31 games after 2012, he will sit among rare company in the last decade of MLB pitchers. A lot of Brewers fans question Estrada’s expected production in 2012, and with good reason: first and foremost, very few MLB pitchers are successful… [More]