Milwaukee Brewers: 5 Reasons to Believe in the Brew Crew Despite Sluggish Start

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Milwaukee Brewers: 5 Reasons to Believe in the Brew Crew Despite Sluggish Start
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We're only two weeks into the 2011 MLB season, yet the Milwaukee Brewers have given us a season's worth of excitement. The fun started right from the opening bell.

Rickie Weeks homered in the first Brewers' at-bat of the season and Yovanni Gallardo pitched six solid innings as the Brewers looked great in jumping out to a 6-2 lead against the defending NL Central-champ Cincinnati Reds. Of course, memories of the 2010 season weren't far away as closer John Axford gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth and the Reds won in walk-off fashion.

The Brewers ended up getting swept in Cincy, ultimately beginning the season 0-4. Just as fans began to worry about what they had hoped would be a memorable season, the Brewers won seven of eight games and looked as dominant as any team in baseball. Then, as if Brewers' fans emotions weren't already sparked, they go into Washington and lose three straight against the Nationals.

This has been the story for the Brewers to open their 2011 campaign.  It has been a roller-coaster filled with ups and downs. After Axford blew yet another save last night against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Brewers managed to score three runs in the 12th inning to pull out a victory and get back to 8-8 on the season.

There were many questions entering the season, and believe it or not, the answers we've received thus far show that the Brew Crew are still well on their way to what might be a memorable season.

 Here are 5 reasons Brew Town should still be believing.

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