I’ve written a lot about the 2011 Milwaukee Brewer’s injury woes, but injuries aren’t the only things that could derail the Brewer’s playoff chances. While I think they will win the NL Central (and compete for the Wild Card if that doesn’t happen), I know that more than just injuries stand in their way.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds both figure to be competitive again. On top of that, the Chicago Cubs could surprise, thanks to a new manager, some young talent, and a nice mix of veterans.
The other big problem the Brewers face is the Wild Card chase. Let’s say that the Cardinals or Reds beat the Brew Crew out for the title. That means the Brewers will have to compete with NL East teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. And the Florida Marlins.
Or NL West teams like the San Francisco Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers. That could make the Brewer’s road to the playoffs that much more difficult.
Everyone (again, including me) thinks that this is the year in which the Brewers reclaim the NL Central crown. But that road won’t be easy.
There’s no crying in baseball. And no guarantees either.