Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 9

Disciples of Uecker

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Posts by Nicholas Zettel

Ryan Braun’s Swings

By on April 30, 2015

Ryan Braun’s Swings

One of the fascinating developments in Ryan Braun‘s career prior to his slide into suspensions and scandal was his consistently improved plate disciplined. Reduced to its most simple elements (strike outs, walks, swings outside the zone (and contact outside the zone)), Braun’s career exhibits several… [More]

Kyle Lohse’s Offspeed Offerings

Kyle Lohse pitched his first solid outing of the year against the Reds last week, and the veteran righty looks to beat the Reds once again in Cincinnati. I previously wrote about Lohse’s fastball performance in his season opening start, ultimately hypothesizing that Lohse’s general… [More]

Presented Without Comment: Automate the Strike Zone #1

Lance Lynn: 3/ 19 strikes called balls (15.8%), 0/33 balls called strikes, 2/2 borderline pitches called balls (100%) Fastballer Mike Fiers: 4/25 strikes called balls (16%), 4/23 balls called strikes (17.4%), 1/1 borderline pitch called ball (100%)   Resource: Strike Zones from TexasLeaguers. Trip Somers,… [More]

The Great Replacement Win

Yesterday, our Brewers took the field with a Sunday batting order that reflected the current difficulties with the club: Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, and Scooter Gennett are injured. Ryan Braun┬áhas not played well recently (37 PA, 7 H / 34 AB (.206 AVG), 1 HR,… [More]

Narrative: The Bizarre Descent of Brewers Bats

During yesterday afternoon’s broadcast, Joe Block presented an interesting stat on Brewers bats: whereas the 2014 Brewers were at least “middle of the road” in terms of caught-looking strike outs, the 2015 Brewers boast more caught-looking strike outs than any other club. This is a… [More]

Series Preview: Cardinals @ Brewers

Time for a series win! The Brewers have lost each of their five series this year, and their losing streak goes even further back into 2014 (sorry, I just don’t want to revisit that this morning). The Cardinals have the Brewers’ number, going 37-19 against… [More]

Fun With Pythagoras #8: The Blame Game

“Pythagorean W-L” is one of the best analytical tools for judging baseball teams’ talent and performance. Named after the mystical Hellenic polymath Pythagoras, the Pythagorean W-L is aptly named for judging a team’s expected record based on a ratio of runs scored to runs allowed… [More]

Murphy’s Law

By on April 21, 2015

Murphy’s Law

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong: Murphy’s Law describes the Brewers’ season perfectly thus far. Not only are the bats failing while the pitchers allow between four-and-six runs a game, but now the Brewers’ best stars are falling to the disabled list. In… [More]

Batting Failures

By on April 20, 2015

Batting Failures

The Brewers once again kept a game close, tempting fans with an opportunity to seize a road victory, but ultimately fell to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates completed the series sweep, handing the Brewers their worst start in franchise history. Fans are instantly… [More]

Changing Up Mike Fiers

One of the interesting points of contention during Fastballer Mike Fiers‘s early 2013 season was his change up usage. Specifically, the slow-throwing righty amped up his change up significantly, from between 9-10% in 2012 to 13.5+% in 2013. The pitch generated Fiers’s highest percentage of… [More]