Through the first few weeks of the 2012 regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers—as well as the rest of the National League Central division—already find themselves looking up at the defending World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals, who hold a healthy two-game lead over the rest of the division.
While a lot of baseball has yet to be played this season, there have been more than enough reasons for concern for the Prince Fielder-less Brewers. Hitting has been more scarce than usual, defense has looked abysmal and the starting pitching hasn’t been up-to-par from where it was last season.
As the season persists and games continue to become more important, how do the Brewers intend on catching the Cardinals for the division title? Here are 10 keys.
*All stats updated through April 24, 2012