National League Central Previews: Brewers

Today’s Focus: Milwaukee Brewers

2010 Record 77-85, 3rd Place NL Central

The Brew Crew are looking to follow fellow cheese heads, the Green Bay Packers, into a world championship this season.  The Brewers made major moves in the off season to strengthen what was already a good team.  The biggest move was the trade with the Royals to bring in former CY Young Award winner Zack Greinke.  Greinke had a down season last year but you have to like his chances playing in the National League, on team that’s actually capable of winning games.  The addition to of Shaun Marcum to a rotation that already includes Yovani Gallardo makes much improvement to last season’s weak pitching staff.  The Brewers lost all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman, but new closer Jon Axford played well in the role last year when Hoffman floundered.
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National League Central Previews: Cardinals

Today’s Focus: St. Louis Cardinals

2010 Record: 86-76, 2nd Place NL Central

This will more than likely be the Cardinals last season without the best player in baseball, Albert Pujols. After the 2011 season, his 11th as a cardinal, Mr. Pujols will be a free agent and is apparently seeking a $300 million dollar, 10 year deal.  The Cards were not able to work out a deal before spring training, so all negotiations will be off until the season ends.  If Pujols leaves, so will the Cards chances of competing in this division in the years to come.
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National League Centeral Previews: Reds

Today’s Focus: Cincinnati Reds

2010 Record 91-71, 1st Place NL Central. Lost to Phillies in NLDS

The same Cincinnati Reds that brought you the NL Central Championship last year are back with no major changes to its core of talented players.  The pitching staff is anchored by the 1-2-3 punch Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Edison Volquez.  Former 1st round pick, Homer Bailey, finally showed some consistency last year and will get a chance to win one of the final spots in the rotation this spring.  The bullpen took a hit with Arthur Rhodes departure, but hard throwing uber prospect Aroldis Chapman will likely take his take his spot, and could wind up as the team’s closer

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