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Jeremy Jeffress, Fireman

Brewers right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been the unsung hero of the bullpen while lefty Josh Hader gets (justifiable) national hype for his incredible strike out performance and prospect comparisons (some prospect sources are now writing about “Josh Hader-type roles”). But Jeffress…Brewers fans know Jeffress as the situationally flexible groundball mechanic who typically gets the […]

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Recycle the Rebuild: The Great Non-Move

Last year, I criticized Brewers GM David Stearns for his lack of midseason moves to address a starting pitching rotation that became greatly diminished down the stretch. The criticism was a part of a general frustration that the club had not done enough to reach the playoffs. After executing a very swift rebuilding effort (that […]

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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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Weekend Recap: Braun and Woodruff

The Brewers bounced back from their first real adversity of the season by taking two of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend. They emerged from their mini-slump with an offensive explosion, scoring twelve runs on both Friday and Saturday. Those twelve runs equaled their combined total from the Chicago and Cleveland series. […]

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Aces Don’t Exist: Third Time Charmers

The Brewers are gaining a reputation for becoming a bullpen squad, part of the MLB bullpen revolution, and rightfully so. Over the offseason, the Brewers lost out on all the major free agency starting pitchers, and never consummated a trade for one of the (presumably, oft-rumored) available aces, instead remaining satisfied with marginal moves involving […]

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The Next Big Steps

The Brewers exited their month of May with a much deserved day off, winning 19 of 27 games on the strength of a 134 Runs Scored (RS) / 104 Runs Allowed (RA) run differential for the month. By allowing 3.85 runs per game, the pitchers remained significantly better than average (+14 RA), but the story […]

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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 […]