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How the Brewers Beat the Cubs

For all the noise about the Cubs’ issues throughout the 2017 season, and there were real issues, the club finished with an offense approximately 73 runs better than Wrigley Field / 2017 National League. While this is quite a decline from the monstrous +103 RS the Cubs posted during their storybook 2016 campaign, there is […]

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It’s a Bad Time to Sell Santana

On December 8th, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Milwaukee Brewers were shopping outfielder Domingo Santana. In a vacuum, it makes sense for the Brewers to seek to trade Santana. The twenty-five-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he posted an .876 on-base-plus-slugging percentage with 30 home runs and 15 stolen […]

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Domingo Santana’s Changed Approach

As regular readers of this website are undoubtedly aware at this point, Statcast gives us a wealth of information that we did not previously have access to.  We are now able to do more in-depth research than was previously possible, and the results are—at the very least—interesting.  I think the jury is still out about […]

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Offseason 1: Securing Roles

Yesterday, the Brewers signed two contracts that will keep key players from 2017 with the organization. GM David Stearns signed RHP Chase Anderson to a guaranteed two-year contract, which also includes escalators and club options that could extent to a four-year deal north of $30 million. This deal gambles on the distance between the gains […]

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2013 Prospect Class: Impact

The 2013 Baseball Prospectus Organizational Top 10 prospects had quite an impact on the 2017 season. This impact includes the Milwaukee Brewers, who saw major trade Tyler Thornburg, roster-drop Scooter Gennett, and final rotational season for Wily Peralta define their in-house 2013 class. Jonathan Villar, Domingo Santana, Lewis Brinson, and Josh Hader made varying organizational […]

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Refining WARP and OFP Pricing

Throughout the Brewers rebuilding effort, a difficult question occupied my mind: how does one assess a successful rebuild while it is occurring? There is obviously plenty of room for post hoc analysis, and perhaps room to create expectations about a rebuild (for example, one could say, “the Brewers rebuild is successful if they win 450 […]

Brewers Farm Update

Better Know A Rafter: Quintin Torres-Costa

Game action in the 2017 Arizona Fall League starts this afternoon, offering baseball fans the nation over a welcome respite from those boring, Brewer-less playoffs. Milwaukee’s sending a good crop this year, headlined by a quartet of young hitters. It will be fascinating to see what Corey Ray, Monte Harrison, Jake Gatewood, and Lucas Erceg […]

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Fluctuation Race

The 2017 Cubs had a good rotation, as far as typical, standard rotations go. The club entered the season with their four most productive starters locked in, and many pundits praised their depth moves to fill out the back of the rotation. When a team can prevent more than 100 runs on the front end, […]