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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 […]

The Continued Costs of Miller Park

Should the Brewers Move Downtown?

Last week, the Arizona Diamondbacks received permission to look for a new stadium site and then relocate as soon as 2022, even though their original deal required them to stay in Chase Field until 2027.  Bob Nightengale then reported that the team is expected to abandon its current home in downtown Phoenix and instead move […]

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Run, Pitcher, Run: A Dave Bush Story

A baseball season is long, and weird things happen as a result of teams trying to pace themselves through 162 games.  The 25-man limit forces managers to get creative, and in-game roster contortions create amusing situations where players are put in positions they are not comfortable with.  Everyone has their favorite; there is an entire […]

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Stealing the Spring

Spring training occurs every year.  And every year, as we reach the end of spring, people wonder whether we can take anything away from the statistics; every year, the answer should be no.  The results don’t matter, so pitchers spend different starts working on one pitch or another.  Hitters face these pitchers, and they are […]

The Continued Costs of Miller Park

A Modest Free Agency Proposal

The biggest story of the offseason has been free agency’s glacial pace.  Jack Moore wrote about how this looks like collusion over at the Baseball Prospectus main site, but an innocent explanation exists as well: teams are being smart consumers and trying to avoid overpaying players who are about to enter their decline phase.  If it […]

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Jonathan Villar and High-Risk Gambles

It should come as no surprise for me to say that the Brewers are not favorites to win their own division.  PECOTA’s projections have been released today, and the Brewers are projected to be an 83-win team, or six wins worse than the Cubs.  Their 83-win projection puts them in the same range as the […]