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Hard Contact, Harder Luck: The Ballad of Kirk Nieuwenhuis

On Sunday, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was outrighted to Class-AAA by the Brewers to clear a roster spot for Brent Suter. This was hardly a stunning development. The pitching staff was stretched thin after a series of short starts,¬†and Nieuwenhuis had struggled to carve out a role in Milwaukee’s crowded outfield. And even when he did see […]

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Thinking Outside the Box 4: The Future Cost Savings of the Inverted Staff

When comparing a traditional five-man rotation to the six, seven, and eight-man piggyback variations, at the end of the day you’re essentially comparing two different routes to the same destination. As with most ideological battles in life, which one is “better” is a factor of several other variables. Thinking Outside the Box: A Bullpen for […]

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Thinking Outside The Box 3: A Bullpen for 2017

The Brewers’ starting rotation is set up pretty ideally for the piggyback rotation. As it turns out, the bullpen is a pretty snug fit for the unique responsibilities that would come with such a setup, too. Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at some of Milwaukee’s 2017 bullpen arms, and raise the question […]

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Thinking Outside the Box 2: A Bullpen to Match

There are, naturally, reasons why the piggyback-style rotation has caught on in the low minors while failing to score more than a random cameo here or there at the upper levels of professional baseball. Traditionally, a team carries seven, sometimes even eight, bullpen arms. Downsizing the cleanup crew to a four-man unit would require a […]

Brewers Farm Update

Phil Bickford and Baseball’s Dumbest Rule

On Thursday, April 6 the Carolina Mudcats will take the field for the first time as the High-A affiliate of the Brewers. Phil Bickford, who the Brewers acquired in the Will Smith trade last summer, will not be making that historic first start for the Milwaukee-affiliated Mudcats–instead, he will be serving out game number one […]