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Brewers at Cubs: What is a Playoffs Rotation?

One of the frequent concerns Brewers fans state about their beloved Milwaukee club is that the roster lacks a “Playoffs Rotation.” This was a common complaint throughout the off season, and it was only amplified during a trade deadline that passed with the Pirates landing Rays ace Chris Archer while GM David Stearns spat on […]

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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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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 […]

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Using Deserved Run Average

Baseball Prospectus officially released the new Deserved Run Average (DRA) this week, fresh with a new set of improvements, as always. The main site will have more information coming soon to highlight some of the specific methodological tweaks that were made for the latest DRA. In the meantime, the data are here to play with […]

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Trust the Rotation

Entering 2017, the Milwaukee Brewers employed a rotational turn consisting of five righties: Junior Guerra, Zach Davies, Wily Peralta, Chase Anderson, and Jimmy Nelson. Coupled with Matt Garza on the disabled list, this major group was 20 runs below average over 845.3 innings in 2016. The sole positive producers were Guerra and Davies, the former […]

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Last year, amidst some projections that suggested the Milwaukee Brewers would struggle to beat the 70-win mark, PECOTA stuck with bullish preseason estimates in the upper-70s. The deep Brewers roster was also bolstered by high floor developing players like Domingo Santana and Zach Davies, as well as second-chancers like Travis Shaw and Chase Anderson, and […]

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Cain and Yelich: Renegotiating Surplus

The Brewers recently completed two of the biggest moves of the offseason by trading for left fielder Christian Yelich and signing free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain. These moves are “big” not simply because of the glacial pace of the new MLB collusion, but by virtue of their structure and Milwaukee’s position in the league. […]