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

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]

What the Reds and Giants say about pitching

The 2012 Divisional series between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds seems a fitting, if ironic, match-up. After gaining the reputation of a hitting heavy club without much pitching in the unwelcoming confines of Great American Ballpark, the Reds won 97 games while scoring… [More]

One Final Round-Up

By on October 4, 2012

One Final Round-Up

So, here we are. The 2012 MLB season officially closed yesterday, of course, not without some drama. Unfortunately for Brewers fans, our Milwaukee nine were far removed from the playoff-shaping drama yesterday. After 2011′s seemingly unstoppable club, after the replacement player and injuries saga, after… [More]

Tuesday Round Up: Winning Season!

Last night, the Brewers won their 82nd game of 2012 at Miller Park. Shaun Marcum escaped trouble and limited the damage with his walks, finishing six innings while allowing two runs. The Brewers’ bats powered their attack with three home runs, thanks to Rickie Weeks,… [More]

Thursday Lunch: Power/Speed, Changing Speeds

I’m tempted to say that it’s miracle time in Milwaukee, but y’all already knew that. In a sudden playoff race that required the Brewers to keep winning, well, now the Milwaukee nine simply need to win out. Last night, the Brewers beat the Reds in… [More]