Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 5

Disciples of Uecker

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

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Smartbuilding #2: Contending & Prospect Windows

One useful tool for analyzing baseball rosters is to look at specific “windows” of contract / reserve control. By looking at when specific contracts expire, or when a club loses its arbitration (or reserve) rights for certain players, one can determine the type of goals… [More]

Ryan Braun’s Adjustment

Nearly three weeks ago, Ryan Braun swung at approximately 46% of pitches outside the strike zone. If you’re guessing that improved discipline is driving Braun’s .266/.360/.547 May campaign, your guess is correct. However, it’s not simply that Braun has cut down on swings outside the… [More]

Fun With Pythagoras #9: Efficiency Standings

One of the most interesting developments of the 2014 National League was the fall of the elite Cardinals. About as “true” a 100-win club as one could find in 2013, the Cardinals’ bats fell off the face of the earth, raising significant question marks about… [More]

Gennett Down, Knebel Up

The Brewers optioned Scooter Gennett to AAA Colorado Springs this morning, recalling reliever Corey Knebel in place of the struggling young second baseman. The roster move gives the Brewers an extra pitcher for a stretch of 10 consecutive games, including seven remaining on this long… [More]

Frustrations & Luck: Mets vs. Brewers Series Review

The Brewers bats appeared awake after their day off, opening their series at CitiField in New York with a seven-run outing. Unfortunately, that game exhausted the Brewers’ firepower, but given the pitching woes in the second and third games, a great offense likely would not… [More]

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ New York Mets

Washington, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and….New York. The signs for the New York Mets were already there in 2014, when the Senior Circuit’s New York club posted the fifth-best offensive & pitching performance against their league and park. Despite a reputation for offensive shortcomings,… [More]

Catching Up With the Bats

On the morning of April 24, I wrote about the strange set of trends exhibited by the Brewers bats to open the season. Contrary to the convenient “collapse” narrative, the inept offense that began the season hardly matched the trends that the club showcased as… [More]

Smartbuilding #1: Atlanta Braves

John Hart officially returned to the Braves’ organization for the offseason, in order to serve as President of Baseball Operations for the club. Forming a braintrust with President John Schuerholz, Hart immediately reformed areas of the club’s front office and aggressively reshaped the big league… [More]

6-4: Now What?

By on May 11, 2015

6-4: Now What?

If you’re like me, the Brewers’ terrible start prompted a serious reconsideration of the roster’s talent. I previously expected the Brewers to land around .500 or so, with a few lucky bounces leading to contending. The bad start squashed that until recently: now, the Brewers… [More]

Defending Doug Melvin

Reading site statistics after the Brewers fired Runnin’ Ron Roenicke, it is clear that fans have plenty of vitriol reserved for President & GM Doug Melvin: “Fire Doug Melvin” has lead some to the site from Google, which shouldn’t necessarily be surprising. Across Brewers fandom,… [More]