Friday, September 20, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 20, 2019 -- "The Jack Flaherty Game"

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"The Cardinals are exactly what they look like. Their third-order record matches their real record exactly. I projected them to go 91-71, they’re on pace to go...91-71. They’ve been a disappointing offensive team -- tenth in runs, ninth in wRC+ -- and a middling pitching one (seventh in FIP) that has been saved by a strong defense (third in DER). They’ve gained some runs by stealing bases well (79%) and, by 2019 standards, often (111, first in the NL). In the year of the dinger, they’ve allowed the fewest homers in baseball thanks to both a high groundball rate (45.2%, fourth-highest in the NL) and low HR/FB (14.4%, fourth-lowest)."

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 17, 2019 -- "Fun With Numbers"

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"Herget has now faced 19 batters without a strikeout. That seems like a lot to me, so I looked it up. It is, but it’s not the most of any player in 2019.

"Pitching to Contact (Most Batters Faced, No Strikeouts, 2019)

Michael Blazek     26
John Ryan Murphy   22
Jimmy Herget       19
Mike Brosseau      18
Alex Gordon        17"


Monday, September 16, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 16, 2019 -- "What I'm Watching"

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Worst NL Teams, Second Half

Marlins   19-42   .311
Pirates   21-40   .344
Rockies   21-40   .344
Padres    23-36   .390
Reds      29-34   .460


Those five teams are also five of the Brewers’ final six opponents in 2019. The Brewers, out of playoff position at the moment, have to be thinking not just about a wild-card slot but about stealing the NL Central.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 15, 2019 -- "Twins, Killing"

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"Down 5-2 in the fourth, the Twins got 5 1/3 shutout innings from Cody Stashak, Brusdar Graterol, and Trevor May, who allowed just one hit and no walks to the game’s final 17 batters. Graterol, a hard-throwing rookie who is bucking for a role as 2019’s version of Francisco Rodriguez, struck out three of the six men he faced. He needed just 25 pitches to get through his two innings, and looked for all the world like a devastating late-inning weapon."

Friday, September 13, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 13, 2019 -- "The AL Wild Card Race"

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"The current standings say the Indians are the odd team out, and the third-order records say the Indians are the odd team out. If you examine these teams as they stand today, the rosters that will play out the season, you will probably reach the same conclusion."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 11, 2019 -- "Christian Yelich"

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"Every game counts the same in the standings, but not in the history books, not in the zeitgeist, not in the way we remember some great players and forget others. This is September, and if the Brewers aren’t likely to win the NL Central, they’re in position to snag a wild-card berth, to win a big game, to get another crack at a Dodgers team they took to seven games in last year’s NLCS. Yelich’s story, the thing we’ll talk about 25 years from now, isn’t about the .8362 bWAR he won’t get, it’s the gamebreaking double he won’t hit, the gapper he won’t take away in left-center, the scamper home with the winning run that never happens."