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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, […]

Brewers Farm Update

Adrian Houser Returns

With the benefit of hindsight, there is little doubt which organization came out ahead in the 2015 blockbuster trade that was worked out between the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers went to Houston to help aid their playoff run, and the Astros did indeed make the postseason that year. Gomez […]

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2018 Potential Free Agent Targets

The 2017 regular season has come-to-a-close. The Milwaukee Brewers fell just short of a playoff spot, finishing 86-76, one game behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild-card spot. The Brewers vastly outperformed their pre-season expectations. They competed with the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs for the National League Central title through mid-to-late September. […]

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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 […]

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Deconstructing the Pirates

With the Brewers embracing a systematic rebuild following the 2014 and 2015 collapse, it is worth scrutinizing other building cycles around the MLB. As the Brewers play in Pittsburgh, the Pirates are winding down their second disappointing season following their 2013-2015 contending run. Pittsburgh fully rebuilt their baseball operations, analytics, and player development system under […]

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Considering the Keystone

Heading into the 2017 season, few Brewers fans were worried about second base. Jonathan Villar had spent the previous summer making good on his potential, authoring a 4.7 WARP season along the way. Scooter Gennett and Yadiel Rivera provided a decent insurance policy: one could be relied on for some decent at bats, while the […]