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Milwaukee Brewers: 5 Variables That Will Determine the Fate of Their 2011 Season
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The Brewers have good reason to be optimistic heading into 2011.

The Milwaukee Brewers enter the 2011 season with high hopes and expectations of contending in the National League Central.

The Brewers have gone all in this year. They held onto first baseman Prince Fielder, who will be a free agent after the season, and made a splash with offseason acquisitions such as Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Takashi Saito.

Fans can count on a few things from the Brewers in 2011. Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart will provide steady offensive production. The catcher position will once again be the weakest link in an otherwise potent offense. The sausage races will continue to be a popular attraction at Miller Park.

However, several key factors will determine the fate of the Brewers' season. Read on to find out what needs to happen for the Brewers to make a deep postseason run.

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