Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 22

Disciples of Uecker

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Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Thursday Lunch: An Efficient Offense!

The Brewers scored the most runs in the National League in 2012. Even when we take into consideration Miller Park’s recent offensive jump, the Brewers’ offense still remains one of the top National League clubs, outscoring their park environment by more than 65 runs. Furthermore,… [More]

How Many Starters Do the Brewers Need?

Throughout the 2012 season, National League clubs used more than 160 distinct starting pitching roles. These roles included regular starting pitchers, swingmen, replacement starters, and “emergency” pitchers that made one start. It’s an understatement to say that the five man rotation was non-existent; just 1/4… [More]

2012 NL 100+ IP Rankings

By on November 1, 2012

2012 NL 100+ IP Rankings

In 2012, the National League was a robust replacement league, which made mid-level performances (and mid-IP performances) more valuable throughout the season. Overall, National League clubs employed 73 regular starters to work 100+ innings in 2012. Those regular starters averaged between 28 and 29 G… [More]

Going Crazy with Replacement Pitchers

If any team in the National League epitomizes the league’s shift from stable pitching to replacement haven, it’s the 2011-2012 Milwaukee Brewers. Last year’s Brewers were one of a handful of NL rotations to use eight (or fewer) starting pitchers; this year’s Brewers rotation starred… [More]

Arbitration and Pending Free Agents

Last night, Paul Hagen reported on MLB.com that MLB and MLBPA set the arbitration mark for the 2012-2013 off-season. In order to gain a compensatory pick for losing free agents, ballclubs must offer their pending free agents at least $13.3 million. Furthermore, in order to… [More]

Tuesday Lunch: Fun with Ballparks

During the League Championship Series, some interesting baseball news stories complemented the San Francisco Giants’ compelling performance in elimination games. While the Giants rode one of the best offenses in the National League to the National League pennant — once again, Pitching Need Not Win… [More]

Correcting Performances

By on October 18, 2012

Correcting Performances

One of the problems with ranking baseball players is that any stat you choose as the basis for those rankings is going to have some blind spots, biases, or shortcomings that influence the rankings. We saw this problem in the recent arguments about the AL… [More]

Unexpected Aces

By on October 16, 2012

Unexpected Aces

In 2012, the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation featured one notably below average pitcher. While Chris Narveson was not effective in his extremely brief stint prior to (during?) his season-ending injury, it was another notorious southpaw that served as the Brewers’ sole below average arm. Randy… [More]

Resource: FIPChart

By on October 16, 2012

Resource: FIPChart

I use Fielding Independent Pitching stats rather frequently in my pitching analysis, which can be useful or terrible depending on how transparent I am about how I’m using the stat. So, here it is, all of my assumptions and prejudices about FIP. (1) I prefer… [More]

Bronson Arroyo Wins Championships

When I started my 2012 runs prevented calculations — calculating each NL starter’s expected, park-adjusted runs allowed against his actual runs allowed, I was shocked to learn that Bronson Arroyo had such a strong season for the Reds. After serving as a near-replacement pitcher in… [More]