- Part 8

Disciples of Uecker

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

Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Collapsing Middle Rotation

While working on the 2015 runs prevented rankings for the National League, I noticed a strange set of trends: The NL featured the lowest number of “full-time” starters since 2009 (only 67 regular starters worked 100+ innings). Only 11 starters prevented between 4 and -4… [More]

Replacement By Design

By on October 21, 2015

Replacement By Design

What I find especially telling in yesterday’s list of full-time, 800+ IP rotations is the absence of the Dodgers and Cubs. Looking at their rotations, they effectively used four regular starters, as well as a gang of replacements, to contend in 2015: ROTATIONS IP /… [More]

Improving Pitching & The Five Man Rotation

In the 2015 National League, six teams produced 800+ inning pitching rotations. ROTATIONS IP / Runs Prevented Core IP / RunPrv Replacement IP / RunPrv 2014 Core; Replacement Cardinals 1003.3 / 112 884 / 104 (!!!) 119.3 / 8 720.7 / 67; 296 / -47… [More]

Hitting Wins Championships

Fans of the Brewers should share in the agony Cubs fans are currently feeling. It wasn’t so long ago that the 2011 Cardinals were wringing out every last drop of their bullpen and using their excellent offense to destroy the Brewers’ far superior pitching rotation…. [More]

A Note on Analysis

By on October 15, 2015

A Note on Analysis

Yesterday, the Brewers front office took a more defined shape as Matt Arnold jumped from the Tampa Bay Rays to join Milwaukee. GM David Stearns hired Arnold as (Vice President? and) Assistant GM. Arnold is another young “star” executive that jumped from an economics degree… [More]

Wednesday Morning Coffee: Nichols, Houser, Cubs

While the best Divisional Series in a couple of seasons are coming down to the wire, the Brewers front office announced some news in the background. The organization is reworking their front office under the eye of David Stearns. Fans that questioned whether the new… [More]

30 Farmhands #11: Meet the Surprise Saguaros

On Tuesday, Brewers fans can add an early afternoon game to the undeniable slate of intriguing playoffs (potential) elimination games that occur later in the day. The Brewers once again are sending some of their most intriguing, advanced prospects to the Surprise Saguaros in the… [More]

Gallardo & Estrada 2: Adjustments

Pitching coach Rick Kranitz was one of several coaches fired by the Brewers to open the 2015-2016 offseason. Given the rough campaigns by Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse, as well as some other question marks (Wily Peralta‘s “dead arm” / mechanics; overall fastball struggles across… [More]

Gallardo & Estrada 1: Front Office & Coaches

Martin Perez, David Price, Cole Hamels, and Marcus Stroman: these are the four pitchers that former Brewers starters Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada have out-pitched during their 2015 American League Divisional Series. The former rotation mates share a playoff series for the first time since… [More]

Smartbuilding #11: Roster Construction

Watching Jake Arrieta dominate over the last couple of years for the Cubs should present a great lesson for Brewers fans: forget the draft/develop fetish. Seeing Edinson Volquez turn his career around in Pittsburgh, or even Francisco Liriano (and Francisco Cervelli), should do the same:… [More]