Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 27

Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Randy Wolf is a Better Pitcher than Zack Greinke

In 2009, Zack Greinke pitched one of the greatest seasons in the “live ball era” by a pitcher 25 or younger. Facing 915 batters, Greinke struck out more than 240 batters, walked only 51, and allowed 11 home runs. Allowing 64 runs in nearly 230… [More]

Back to Bronzeville: Milwaukee’s 1923 Bears

Back before the Interstate, Milwaukee had a vibrant black commerce center from State Street to North Avenue, called Bronzeville. Just north of Bronzeville stood Athletic Park, at 3000 North 8th Street. Commonly known as Borchert Field, the ballpark hosted a Negro National League club in… [More]

2012 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers, Part II

If you had asked me — and other Brewers fans — about the Brewers’ long term chances of competing after the 2009 and 2010 seasons, I would have said, “good luck.” Like others, I felt that the club had too many weaknesses to fill in… [More]

2012 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers, Part I

Along with the rest of the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers’ run environment has declined, meaning that from their Wild Card appearance through their Division Championship, the Brewers’ offense remained consistently above average. 2008: 750 RS (Brewers) / 721 RS (league/park) 2009: 785 RS (Brewers)… [More]

2012 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals could have served as mascots for the MLB’s campaign to expand the playoffs in 2012. After winning the World Series as a low-win total division champion in 2006, the Cardinals returned to the Fall Classic a handful of years later… [More]

Building and Rebuilding: NL Central Contract Cores

While working on my 2012 NL Central previews, it occurred to me that the teams can be compared to one another for their contractual cores, as well as their 2012 rosters. The more I research these rosters, the more it amazes me how close some… [More]

2012 Preview: Chicago Cubs

Since their consecutive division championships in 2007 and 2008, the Cubs featured what one might call a “skeleton” roster. Their roster was full of expensive, sometimes useful parts that nevertheless failed to meet their expectations. Sure, there were ballplayers there, but there wasn’t any meat…. [More]

Situational Baseball: The Brewers and Manufacturing Runs

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers were one of the best teams in the league at manufacturing runs. That’s right — if you count the number of runs scored by the Brewers where the action was forced, where they were moving… [More]

John Axford: $40 Million Man?

As Jim mentioned in his article, John Axford is a better closer than most people believe. I noticed that there is a healthy skeptical sentiment about closers among Milwaukee fans — don’t give closers long-term deals, because closers implode or don’t add up to their… [More]

2012 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

A step ahead of the rebuilding Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates experienced one of their most difficult seasons in their climb to be competitive. Stocked with more of their prized youngsters in 2011, the Pirates hung in the National League Central race… [More]