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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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Against the Austerity Ideology

2017 may go down as the year of triumph of the austerity ideology in sports. Not only did the Astros break through and shockingly satisfy Sports Illustrated’s once-ridiculed (by yours truly among others) prophecy to win the World Series a mere half-decade after entering one of the boldest tanking projects in sports history; Basketball’s Philadelphia 76ers have also […]

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Checking In on the Lind Trade

On December 9, 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers traded their starting first baseman for a trio of teenaged pitchers. Adam Lind, the first baseman in question, had just batted .277 for the Brewers with 20 home runs, a high walk rate, and a TAv of .294. Defensive deficiencies prevented him from being more than an average […]

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A Big Splash is not the Answer

Fresh off a surprise 86-win season, David Stearns and company are licking their chops to make some moves and build off the team’s promising 2017 season. According to Kyle Lesniewski of Brew Crew Ball, the organization has money to spend. The Brewers payroll has been under 65 million dollars two years in a row. The […]

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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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Roster Surplus and Depth Questions

The 2018 Milwaukee Brewers are in quite a strange position, representing the bundle of contradictions that defined their uncanny 2017 campaign. On the one hand, the organization dropped a “rebuilding” narrative in 2015, meaning that industry writers, analysts, and fans alike did not expect the club to compete, let alone contend, for several years; on […]

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Strategic Failure

The narrative of the 2017-2018 offseason for the Milwaukee Brewers will be one of success; to the vast majority of observers, the Brewers had an unexpected successful season, winning 86 games with a low-payroll, prospect developing, minor league veteran, emerging star team. That no one expected the Brewers to reach the playoffs will be used […]