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The No Good, Very Bad,… .500

A month ago, had someone told Brewers fans and analysts that the club would be .500 after their first dozen games, I gather no one would have even shrugged. First things first, there is this essential feeling that even though *every game matters*, early in the season is the time to iron things out and […]

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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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Boring Paths

The 2017-2018 offseason winter meetings begin, and the Brewers stand in a bizarre position within a league rocked by the most awaited transactions: The Marlins ownership group’s refusal to capitalize payroll indeed resulted in a bargain bottom deal for Giancarlo Stanton, who will now call the Yankees his team. The….Angels won the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, […]

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Brewers 2018 Top Prospects

When the rebuilding began in earnest in July 2015, everyone marked it on their calendars: entering the 2018 season, the new and improved Brewers would have their first competitive, winning season under their belts, and the top of the farm system would be defined by internal draft picks moreso than rebuilding trades. 2018 Milwaukee Brewers […]

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Free Agency II: Forecasting Chase

What’s next for the Brewers’ surprising rotation leader Chase Anderson? Can the Brewers be expected to draw lessons from Anderson into further roster moves? Throughout the summer, I found myself repeating an argument about the Brewers front office: if the Brewers front office implements scouting, mechanical, and coaching adjustments with a given player, they have […]

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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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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, […]

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The Best Brewers

Last night, the improbable 2017 Brewers, these never-building nobodies, continued their hunt for a playoff spot by hanging on to a wild win versus Cincinnati. This victory not only kept Milwaukee alive in the National League Wild Card, where the club trails the final spot Colorado Rockies by 1.5 games, but also alive in the […]

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Filling the Void Intelligently

Thankfully, after the roller coaster of emotions that was this past week, the Brewers are off on Monday. This off-day will give the Brewers a critical opportunity to skip their currently vacant fifth spot in the rotation and avoid either a start from Aaron Wilkerson or another Johnny Wholestaff game started by Jeremy Jeffress or somebody […]