Milwaukee Brewers: 10 Reasons Brew Crew Will Walk Away with NL Central in 2012

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Milwaukee Brewers: 10 Reasons Brew Crew Will Walk Away with NL Central in 2012
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Outfielder Corey Hart celebrates one of his three homeruns in a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Milwaukee Brewers won the NL Central division last season with a 96-66 record.

Ron Roenicke was named the Brewers' manager, his first managerial stint at the professional level, prior to the start of the 2011 season and guided Milwaukee to the franchise's winningest season ever.

Left fielder Ryan Braun, first baseman Prince Fielder and right fielder Corey Hart powered the offense for the Brew Crew, hitting 38, 33 and 26 home runs, respectively.

On the mound, Yovani Gallardo finished 17-10, and all five pitchers in the starting rotation finished with at least 10 wins.

Closer John Axford finished in a second-place tie for the league lead in saves with 46.

Fielder left the organization, signing with the Detroit Tigers this offseason, and the Brewers responded by signing third baseman Aramis Ramirez to help make up for some of Fielder's offense.

With the same starting rotation and much of last season's division winning team still intact, the Brewers have a chance at running away with the NL Central in 2012.

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