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Did Postseason Experience Impact the LDS?

Baseball analysis is full of truisms, and we generally take their truth for granted.  One of the defining aspects of the sabermetric “revolution” of the past twenty or so years has been a challenging of those assumptions. Baseball, both the sport and the fans, is better off for it.  We now can tell whether something […]

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How Does Jhoulys Chacin Compare to Other Wild Card Starters?

According to Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds, the Brewers’ chances of making the postseason 98.5 percent.  Nearly all of that likelihood, however, is tied up in the Wild Card game (84.8 percent).  It is thus fair to say that the Brewers are overwhelmingly likely to be in the National League Wild Card game.  Who their opponent […]

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Was Chase Anderson Good Last Year?

We are now multiple decades into the sabermetric “revolution,” and it is still unclear how to determine how good a pitcher is.  There are metrics that have come into and then gone out of vogue, but there isn’t a consistent approach to these measurements the way there has been for offensive statistics.  The earliest and […]

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Finding Balance between Hoarding Prospects and Overpaying

A few days before the trade deadline, the Brewers traded Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez to Kansas City for Mike Moustakas.  Moustakas is under contract through the end of this season, and then there is a mutual option at $15 million for next year.  Phillips and Lopez have each spent time in both Triple-A and […]

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Historic Pitching Profile

Anyone following this Brewers team knows that the bullpen has been the driving force behind the team’s success.  The Brewers have the National League’s best record, and their offense is a solid but unspectacular sixth in OPS, while their starter ERA of 4.04 ranks eighth.  The bullpen ERA, though, is second only to Arizona.  This […]

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Chase Anderson: FIP-Beater?

Chase Anderson’s 2018 season has been quite different from his 2017.  His strikeout rate has dropped, his walk rate has risen, his ground ball rate has dropped, and his home run rate has risen.  None of those trends are indicators of success, so it is no surprise that his ERA is almost two runs higher […]