Analytics got both teams to the World Series, and Kevin Cash’s truly bad decision went against a recent analytical trend.

First are foremost, credit is due to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are arguably the most talented team in baseball, and they earned their 2020 World Series rings.

The turning point in Game 6 that led to the Dodgers securing their championship came in the sixth inning. Through 5 1/3 innings, Rays ace Blake Snell held the Dodgers to just one hit, punching out nine. However, Snell allowed a base hit to Austin Barnes, bringing up the top of the Dodgers order for the third time. With Mookie Betts about to step in as the go-ahead run in a 1–0…


Willy Adames comes with red flags, but the Brewers finally have a shortstop on their roster who has been a useful player in the big leagues.

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Milwaukee has a new starting shortstop.

The Brewers made a surprise trade on Friday afternoon, acquiring infielder Willy Adames and swingman Trevor Richards. Relievers J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen are heading to Tampa Bay.

The trade comes in the midst of a rough week for Luis Urias, who has simply not been up to the task after being handed the starting gig at shortstop a week into the season. He has shown some potential with the bat, but he still has just an 87 wRC+. His worst struggles have come in the field, where he has been one of the…


The skipper made the highly questionable decision to side against his players in front of the media on multiple occasions.

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Allow me to preface this by saying that Tony La Russa has a long history in baseball. He managed for over 30 years. His peers inducted him to the Hall of Fame. There’s a lot that Tony La Russa knows about baseball that many of his critics don’t.

One of the problems with the Chicago White Sox hiring La Russa is that while he was regarded as a great manager in his time, his time ended back in 2011. The final years of his managerial career coincided with a shift within the game, one that has accelerated over the past…


Is the series loss to Minnesota a reason for concern?

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No.

Long answer: No. It’s three games. A baseball season is 162 games. The Orioles are not going to go undefeated this year, Byron Buxton is not going to hit over 100 home runs, and Keston Hiura is not going to continue having a whiff rate of over 50%. The Brewers do not have a world-beating lineup, and they’re going to encounter multiple stretches throughout the season where their collective performance at the plate is extremely frustrating. However, David Stearns and Matt Arnold have built a run prevention unit that could potentially be one of the best in baseball, and none of Milwaukee’s division rivals are clearly better than them.

If you are freaking out after three games, calm down.


Is this the year of J.P. Feyereisen? Will Luis Urias provide stability at shortstop? Can Corbin Burnes build on his strong 2020?

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Happy Opening Day! At 1:10 p.m. this afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers will be taking the field to kick off their 2021 season against the Minnesota Twins at the newly-rebranded American Family Field.

(It is a stadium name. Get over it. Bally Sports Wisconsin is the truly terrible name change for this season anyway.)

The start of a fresh season means that it is time to share guesses about how the 2021 campaign will unfold for the Brewers. Without further ado, here are five predictions for the next six months.

The J.P. Feyereisen breakout season will happen this time. I promise.

This was initially supposed to be the part where I rave…


Like Kolten Wong, the veteran outfielder may not be an impact bat, but his elite glove makes him valuable.

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Just one day after President of Baseball Operations David Stearns told MLB Network Radio that his quest to add talent does not end at the onset of Spring Training, the Brewers made their second notable free agent signing since the conclusion of the 2020 season. Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has reportedly agreed to join Milwaukee on a two-year deal that includes an opt out after the inaugural season.

Bradley spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Boston Red Sox. He had a couple of solid offensive seasons, the best of which came in 2016, when he…


The Mayor of Ding Dong City is joining Brewers camp with a chance to take back his former job at third base.

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On Monday, I suggested that Travis Shaw was the best option to fill the Brewers third base vacancy left on the free agent market. Less than 48 hours later, they signed him to a minor-league deal with a camp invite, potentially bringing him back to the city where he had his two most successful seasons.

The veteran corner infielder, however, saw things go horribly wrong in his last season donning the navy and gold. His strikeout rate ballooned, and he hit an alarming number of pop-ups, which produced a miserable .157/.281/.270 line (48 wRC+) and led to a non-tender. He…


The Brewers are making a push for the former All-Star, but they could very well come up short.

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With pitchers and catchers set to report to camps in a matter of days, the Justin Turner sweepstakes appear to be heating up, and the Brewers are reportedly still involved.

The Brewers have been linked to Turner for a couple of weeks now, but these reports are the first of an official offer being extended by Milwaukee. Not only that, but the proposed contract is said to be “competitive,” and the Brewers are described as “hopeful” that they can bring the veteran third baseman to the Cream City.

Naturally, these rumors have had Brewers fans buzzing with excitement, and…


The Wisconsin native will be in camp with Milwaukee this spring.

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Aside from signing of Kolten Wong and their rumored interest in Justin Turner, it’s been an extremely quiet offseason for the Brewers. The moves that David Stearns and Matt Arnold have made have mostly been depth moves like Luke Maile and Daniel Robertson. That trend continued on Tuesday, as the Brewers announced that veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will be joining them in camp after signing a minor-league contract.

Zimmermann, 34, is coming off an extremely disappointing five-year run in Detroit. He began his career with the Nationals and emerged as a model of consistency in D.C., throwing 1,094 innings with…


It was an insane game that could end in only one way: insanity.

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Game 4 of the 2020 World Series was a wild ride. How wild? There was a record-setting home run, a go-ahead three-run blast, and four lead changes in four innings, and none of those moments were the top moment in the game. Instead, the highlight was an ending as wild as anyone could imagine, as the Rays defeated the Dodgers 8–7 to even this year’s Fall Classic at two games apiece.

Let’s go over a few of the other big moments first. The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead on a first-inning home run by Justin Turner. Corey Seager…

Jack Stern

Baseball writer and analyst for Brew Crew Ball and Pitcher List, Director of Baseball Analytics for Wisconsin Lutheran College, and chocolate milk connoisseur.

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