Nicholas Zettel | Disciples of Uecker - Part 9

Disciples of Uecker

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2014 NL SP Rankings: FIP and True Brewers

One of the strangest elements of the 2014 National League season was not only that the NL rotation improved by expanding within the middle rotation, especially between -4 and 10 runs prevented (with 34 pitchers), but also that those performances largely agreed with pitchers’ fielding… [More]

2014 NL SP Rankings: Brewers Improvement

One of the most important stories of 2014 for the Brewers was their notably improved pitching staff. As the offense declined toward the end of the season, the pitchers jumped out of their August slump, and produced their best month of the season in September…. [More]

Building & Rebuilding #5: Front Office

There is an argument to be made that the Milwaukee Brewers are successfully rebuilding their franchise. Even if some fans are frustrated by the seemingly middle-of-the-road roster results from a perpetual “win-now” strategy, GM Doug Melvin has completely shifted draft and farm ideology within the… [More]

Building & Rebuilding #4: Reserve Control

One wonders whether it was a conscientious strategy of GM Doug Melvin to follow the Brewers’ 2014 collapse with an extremely active first week of the offseason. Whatever the motivations — certainly, at least, to make the team better — Melvin is giving Brewers fans… [More]

Lind / Estrada: Offseason Begins!

Both Adam McCalvy and Tom Haudricourt are reporting that the Brewers traded swingman-starter Marco Estrada to Toronto, in exchange for 1B/OF Adam Lind. MLBTradeRumors reports that Lind’s contract costs $7.5 million in 2015, although the Brewers offset some of that cost by dealing Estrada, who… [More]

To Rickie

By on October 31, 2014

To Rickie

News surfaced this morning that the Brewers exercised Yovani Gallardo‘s option, which at $13 million was a virtual no-brainer (quickly compare Gallardo’s salary and performance to that of Edwin Jackson, Tim Lincecum, or even teammates Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza, among NL RHP). Even after… [More]

Thursday Round ‘Em Up: Dynasty, Offseason

Last night, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series with one of the closest, tense games of the entire postseason. Both starters were out of the game by the end of the fourth inning, which also ended the scoring. While the Royals showed off… [More]

Tuesday Round ‘Em Up: More Than Game 6

This week is just getting started, but it has already been packed in terms of baseball drama on and off the field. Notably, the San Francisco Giants have a chance to win their third Championship since 2010, forming a strange dynasty decade that also includes… [More]

Thursday Lunch: Winter Ball Round-Up

Arizona Fall League Our beloved Glendale Desert Dogs had quite a good stretch since my last check-in with the league, going 5-3-1 in nine games. The Dogs scored 53 runs and allowed 36, which is quite a good differential for ten days in the fall… [More]

Series Preview: Giants @ Royals

The World Series finally begins tonight, and if you’ve followed the press, the big questions abound: will the Royals lead to a sea change in baseball strategies? Will the Giants be the National League dynasty? Of course, the questions are dumber when you have nearly… [More]