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

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]

Efficiency and Yovani Gallardo

Adam McCalvy reported at MLB.com that the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to increase Yovani Gallardo’s efficiency. Ron Roenicke introduced an interesting idea while discussing Gallardo’s efficiency: “Sometimes it’s not throwing the nastiest pitch you have the first pitch…There’s a lot of guys that you don’t… [More]

MLB: Management Being Management

Americans don’t have labor consciousness. You might say, “what on earth does this have to do with anything baseball related?,” but luckily, we’re talking about baseball labor. One of the striking aspects of the public response to the Ryan Braun decision — besides the willingness… [More]

2012 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

Back at Bernie’s Crew, I picked the Cincinnati Reds to win the 2011 NL Central. The club retained a sizable portion of their 2010 division championship roster, added some impressive depth around the field, and featured a strong basis of fielding and batting. In a… [More]

Situational Baseball: Batting Approaches

This might not seem like a logical follow-up to my survey of Productive Outs last week. However, one of my contentions — that situational baseball just happens, it’s not something a batter can purposely seek — requires an investigation of batting profiles. APPROACHES Successful baseball… [More]

2012 Preview: Houston Astros

Over the next six weeks, I am going to devote my Thursday posts to the teams of the NL Central and their 2012 rosters.At best, I’ll be able to provide some projections on runs scored and runs allowed, and at worst, it’ll all be wrong…. [More]