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…


Tellez shares some striking similarities with the Brewers’ former All-Star first baseman.

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Back in 2018, Jesús Aguilar looked like a potential long-term solution at first base for the Brewers. He smashed 35 home runs with a 135 wRC+ in an excellent season that included an All-Star game appearance. Unfortunately, Aguilar struggled so badly the following year that he lost his starting gig. The Brewers parted ways with him when they dealt him to Tampa Bay amid the prolonged slump. That decision proceeded to age poorly. Aguilar has posted a solid .268/.337/.462 slash line (117 wRC+) since the start of the 2020 season for the Miami Marlins. Back in Milwaukee, the revolving door…


Veteran infielder brings some pop and versatility to the table

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With the Trade Deadline approaching, the Brewers made their most notable acquisition since the Willy Adames trade. Eduardo Escobar is being shipped over from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left fielder/catcher Cooper Hummel and infielder Alberto Ciprian.

While Escobar made his first All-Star team this year, his selection can be attributed more to an underwhelming Arizona roster than an amazing performance on his part. The veteran has posted a below-average .314 on-base percentage since the start of the 2017 season. However, he has averaged 29 home runs per 162 games during that stretch, including a 35-homer campaign in 2019…


Mean-spirited outbursts directed at your opponent are not the same as a typical celebration.

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Javier Baez hit a walk-off single against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, and an animated demonstration immediately followed. After lifting Amir Garrett’s first pitch over the head of center fielder Mike Freeman, Baez began screaming at Garrett and continued to do so throughout an extremely slow trot to first base.

Baez’s actions are controversial to say the least, but they come with some pretext. Garrett has never been hesitant to show emotion on the mound. That is not a bad thing in and of itself, but he took it to another level when he began screaming expletives at…


Is Wily good now? No, but he has added a new wrinkle to his arsenal since we last saw him.

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It is the year 2021, and Wily Peralta has a 1.64 ERA.

Yes, you read that correctly. The Detroit Tigers selected Peralta to their big-league roster in mid-June, and he has since made seven appearances (six starts) for them. The veteran has become a highly improbable stabilizing force in their rotation over the past month. In fact, Wily joined an exclusive club in Tigers’ history with his most recent start on Sunday.

After serving as a productive member of the Brewers’ rotation in 2014, Peralta promptly turned into a complete dumpster fire, posting a 5.28 ERA across 368 innings…


The former Opening Day starter has looked like a different pitcher out of the Rockies’ bullpen.

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While corner infield help remains atop the Brewers’ wish list for the approaching trade deadline, they could afford to bolster their bullpen depth. The acquisition of an elite reliever would be fantastic, but Milwaukee lacks big names in their farm system, and they are unlikely to part ways with prized pitching prospects Ethan Small and Aaron Ashby. As such, David Stearns and Matt Arnold may have look for some deep cuts on the relief market.

Every year, there are relievers who are having quietly solid seasons and can be pried away from a team for very little. In the past…


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…


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…

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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