The Milwaukee Brewers opened their 2012 regular-season campaign against division foe and defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals this past weekend, taking just one of three from the Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa-less Redbirds at Miller Park.
While it wasn't the most galvanizing performance from the defending NL Central champions, there are a number of positives worth taking away. Fill-in first baseman Mat Gamel performed well, Zack Greinke (finally) pitched up to his capabilities and Corey Hart validated why he could be a dark-horse candidate to take home NL MVP honors this season.
Of course, not everything from opening weekend was worth remembering.
Here are the five most important observations from Milwaukee's opening weekend series against the Cardinals.