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21: The Trap

In a much-publicized scheduling crunch, the Brewers are headed on a trek in which 21 games will be played in the 20 days leading to the All Star Break. Any baseball fan will look at their favorite team’s schedule for such an occasion and grimace. That the stretch’s extra contest comes at the cost of […]

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Recycle the Rebuild: The Great Non-Move

Last year, I criticized Brewers GM David Stearns for his lack of midseason moves to address a starting pitching rotation that became greatly diminished down the stretch. The criticism was a part of a general frustration that the club had not done enough to reach the playoffs. After executing a very swift rebuilding effort (that […]

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Villar is the Answer at Second

The 2018 Brewers should hit. Barring a major Spring Training trade, they’re set to enter the season with the deepest lineup in recent Milwaukee history. The lone remaining area of uncertainty is at second base, where incumbents Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard figure to squabble for playing time, each trying to prove that their respective […]

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Who’s on Second?

Spring Training is upon us. It seems the Brewers have moves to be made regarding their crowded outfield and solid-but-underwhelming starting rotation but the rest of the roster is presumably set. Earlier this offseason, second base was a primary concern for Brewers fans. Most assumed that GM David Stearns would bring back midseason acquisition Neil […]

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Jonathan Villar and High-Risk Gambles

It should come as no surprise for me to say that the Brewers are not favorites to win their own division.  PECOTA’s projections have been released today, and the Brewers are projected to be an 83-win team, or six wins worse than the Cubs.  Their 83-win projection puts them in the same range as the […]

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What if the Brewers Don’t Sign Neil Walker?

This offseason has been infamously slow, and the Brewers have made only minor adjustments to their big league roster thus far.  A flurry of moves are undoubtedly still to come, as Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, and J.D. Martinez still remain unsigned. But with spring training about five weeks away, the chance that the Brewers 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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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 […]