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Starting Wade Miley on Purpose

For better or worse, one of the most popular narratives surrounding the Brewers over the last few months has been this: Milwaukee needs to add another starting pitcher. It’s an easy thing to understand: The ragtag crew of hurlers preventing runs in the Brewers’ rotation lacks a brand-name “ace,” and most of that group has […]

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Was Chase Anderson Good Last Year?

We are now multiple decades into the sabermetric “revolution,” and it is still unclear how to determine how good a pitcher is.  There are metrics that have come into and then gone out of vogue, but there isn’t a consistent approach to these measurements the way there has been for offensive statistics.  The earliest and […]

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Trouble

The Brewers pitching staff is in shambles. Between role regression among key pitchers, injuries to a group of key early-season pitchers as well as crucial trade deadline acquisitions, and an essential end to the rotating “shuttle team” to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Brewers have lost their ability to prevent runs. Based on Baseball Reference Three […]

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Chasing 1988

I’ve dreaded writing this post for some time, the ultimate jinx post for the phenomenal 2018 Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff. In fact, they surrendered eight runs today while I researched this feature. Yet, as the games played total strolls over 100, it is worth broaching the topic of the place of the 2018 Brewers pitching […]

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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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The Rotation is Good

What is a good pitching rotation in an MLB environment in which pitching rotations do not exist? Following the ideal model, a pitching rotation is a mechanism that an MLB team can use to line up five “starting pitchers” to rotate on a set schedule, and hopefully produce value by preventing runs during the cumulative […]

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Speculating on on Rookie Arms

The release of Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projections is exciting for many reasons, not the least of which is finding the player comparisons that helped inform the projection system. Since PECOTA (and its redesigns) is based in part on finding comparable players in order to assess “true ability” and design aging curves suitable to each prospect […]

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The Bare 2019 Cupboards and 2018 Rotation

This Thursday, David Stearns told reporters that his Brewers are confident in their pitching staff and that they feel no need to make another big move in the free agent market. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stearns is “comfortable with arms he has on hand.” That’s fine for a number of […]

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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 […]