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Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

2015 NL Central Preview: Timing

The second half of the NL Central was a different kind of beast in 2014. Not only did the Brewers collapse from their first half excellence, but the Reds thoroughly declined into rebuild territory, and the Cubs surged as they added new arms and their… [More]

2015 Brewers: Winnable Games

If the 2014 Brewers season seemed exhilarating, it was: our beloved Milwaukee Nine were “in” at least 75% of their contests. Aside from 82 victories, the Brewers lost at least 40 games that could be clearly defined as winnable. They lost games with blown ties,… [More]

The Wonderful World of the Brewers Bullpen

In case you missed it, the Brewers signed Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year deal on Thursday, reuniting the club with their dependable, veteran closer. The Brewers must make a roster move to accommodate their new closer, and Rodriguez needs to secure a work visa, so… [More]

2015 NL Central Preview: Strengths

One of the most straightforward reasons that the National League Central is likely to be close and competitive in 2015 is the diminished status of the teams’ respective strengths across the board. If you’re concerned about the Brewers’ starting pitching depth after the Marco Estrada… [More]

2015 NL Central Preview: Weaknesses

The 2014 National League Central teams, from top to bottom, shared one specific trait: not one team featured better-than-average batting and better-than-average runs prevention. The Pirates were the best club, as their weakest position was a pitching / fielding tandem that was approximately two runs… [More]

90 Wins

By on February 19, 2015

90 Wins

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale on February 20, Brewers fans finally have a chance to see their beloved Milwaukee Nine recover from the 2014 season. If we all had hoped the collapse would go away by the end of the season, the narrative… [More]

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]