Brewers Best Team Since 1982
Now An Interesting Offseason Begins
The record books will show that the Milwaukee Brewers are the 2011 NL Central Division champs.
But in the end, the wild card Cardinals were the better team, and the proof is that they're headed to the World Series to represent the National League.
I know I've harped on the defense until you've probably been sick of hearing about it, but they couldn't have picked a worse time for the defensive deficiencies to come out in full force. The 9 errors is a new NLCS record, with 7 in the final 2 games.
The question to start Shaun Marcum in the deciding game, smacks of when the Brewers started Jeff Suppan in the deciding game 4 of the 2008 playoffs. It doesn't matter what a guy makes, or what you gave up to get him. You just knew it wasn't the right call.
Not helping matters, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder going 0-8 in the deciding game. And with Prince giving hugs all around, it seems he's as good as gone, with the Brewers now in the market for a SS like Jose Reyes or a 1B like Adam LaRoche. And even though they haven't approached Corey Hart, don't forget that he played 1B in the minors.
Barring a blockbuster trade, the core of Braun, Weeks, Hart, Greinke, and Gallardo will return. Now it's up to the Brewers brain trust to make sure the team doesn't slip back from the pack like the last time they made the postseason.
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