I’m trying to keep track of the Brewers in a way that doesn’t remind me about all of the problems the Brewers are having and about to have. This is not going to be a regular feature. It’s a guide to happy thoughts.
The Brewers starting 5 have the second-lowest BB/9 in MLB, at 2.27 (also, they are 6th in K/BB with a 3.26. Also, if you’re curious, the bullpen is sporting a collective 4.94 K/BB and 2.18 BB/9. Because talent and such things). The squad is also second lowest in giving up line-drives, at 17.2%. It’s quite possible it was unnecessary to point that out, given it would make sense they aren’t collectively inducing liners at a rate where they are luckier than Hank the Dog generally has been since he met the Brewers. There also aren’t any starters we’re getting completely mad at, so the line drive rate has to be reasonably manageable without having to read that it’s been reasonably manageable. The fewer the better, with the defense the way it is, shift or no shift. And the shift has got to be helping, too.
(Abrupt, dramatic, typed silence…)
Glad I was right. The shifts are helping. According to billjamesonline.com’s / John Dewan’s Team Runs Saved stats, the Brewers defensive shifts have helped prevent an additional 5 runs. It’s subscription only to see these stats, but…actually, yeah. It is. I just logged out, and you can’t get them.* So, no link.
*Not that you can’t find out elsewhere that the team has saved 8 DRS, in a table format similar to that of the aforementioned site, minus the light blue shading…
This article, however, is free. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s Dewan’s latest piece on trends in shifting (they’re still going up. It’s becoming frustratingly evident even watching games around the league. It’s cool when your favorite team does it, or a team not playing your favorite team, or if you like reading about them…). The Brewers are on pace for 759 shifts, and, at the time this was published, they’d shifted on 75 balls in play. You’ll also see the Astros 1st in the top 5 (Brewers are 3rd) with 176 thus far, on pace for 1782. Egad. These numbers are just from 2 ½ weeks of data…
Fact: This is not Mark Reynolds.
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Meanwhile, worthy of note is the updated Hitter-At-A-Glance feature’s description of Aramis Ramirez on Brooks Baseball / (and the Hitter-At-A-Glance in general…just noticed this was added as part of the hitter profiles for the first time. I like seeing this in written/(typed) format. Break things up, a bit. I’ve been having eye strain and headache issues)
“Against All Fastballs (237 seen), he has had a very good eye (1.23 d'; 85% swing rate at pitches in the zone vs. 42% swing rate at pitches out of the zone) and an exceptionally aggressive approach at the plate (-0.41 c) with a league average likelihood to swing and miss (16% whiff/swing).
Against Breaking Pitches (79 seen), he has had an exceptionally good eye (1.21 d'; 71% swing rate at pitches in the zone vs. 25% swing rate at pitches out of the zone) and a steady approach at the plate (0.06 c) with an above average likelihood to swing and miss (35% whiff/swing).
Against Offspeed Pitches (44 seen), he has had an exceptionally good eye (1.53 d'; 94% swing rate at pitches in the zone vs. 50% swing rate at pitches out of the zone) and an exceptionally aggressive approach at the plate (-0.77 c) with a high likelihood to swing and miss (45% whiff/swing).”
Actually, I have a headache, anyhow, which caused me to put on sunglasses just now. Fact: I got new sunglasses.
Another fact is, I just got a drawing tablet a day ago, so I don’t have to use the silly trackpad on my laptop. I’m trying to get used to it. Don’t have anything from it yet that I’d want to put up, because it’s just a bunch of stuff. Which isn’t to say this other stuff wasn’t…
Wait, actually one more thing — Go Brewers. (I hope they aren’t doomed in this next series with the absences of important people, but they probably have a terribly low chance of doing much in this series aside from pitching, which– okay, this guide to happy thoughts didn’t work at all. Agh).