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Some things to read while waiting to return a gift.
We are 51 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale Baseball Park to open spring training, and today we have a reminder that the Milwaukee Brewers feature one of the game’s best pitch-framing backstops. Neil Weinberg of FanGraphs has a look at how Jonathan Lucroy’s ability to get extra strikes called led to Matt Garza getting more strikes in 2014 and also caused him to work more frequently on and outside the edges of the strike zone.
With that said, there’s only so much Lucroy and Garza can do to keep the Brewers relevant in the rapidly-improving NL Central. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs asked readers to react to a 77-85 projection for Milwaukee in 2015, and as of this writing better than 70% of voters feel like that number is either spot-on or less than three games too low.
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