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Is the Playoff ‘Pen Sustainable?

On Sunday, with the Division Series on the line, Craig Counsell turned once again to Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth inning, this time with a six-run lead. While Jeffress has been a lights-out closer throughout September and dominant all season long, it would have been his fourth inning pitched in as many days, after throwing […]

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Did Postseason Experience Impact the LDS?

Baseball analysis is full of truisms, and we generally take their truth for granted.  One of the defining aspects of the sabermetric “revolution” of the past twenty or so years has been a challenging of those assumptions. Baseball, both the sport and the fans, is better off for it.  We now can tell whether something […]

The Continued Costs of Miller Park

LDS Clinched!

The Brewers have advanced to the National League Championship Series. Their pitching staff carried the series as Craig Counsell’s out-getters gave up two runs in the three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. As a team, the Rockies mustered only twenty-two baserunners over twenty-eight innings while striking out thirty times. Outside of a nerve-wracking Jeremy Jeffress […]

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Playoffs!

On August 31, the Brewers boasted a respectable 76-60 overall record, and stood four games behind the division leading Cubs entering the last month of the season. Yet the Brewers’ fate might have felt sealed: Milwaukee posted their worst pitching performance in August (-42 Runs Prevented), offsetting a strong offense that notably improved following trade […]