MLB 2011: 6 Teams, 6 Keys to the National League Pennant

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MLB 2011: 6 Teams, 6 Keys to the National League Pennant
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The 2010 San Francisco Giants will wear their championship rings proudly for the rest of their lives.

The 2010 San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant, and then the World Series, with superb pitching, just enough hitting and virtually error-free baseball—three keys to success for just about any winning team.

This year is no exception for National League contenders. These canons for success, along with many more, could be a major factor in determining who will win the National League crown—or even reach the postseason.

Deviating from playing good baseball, even for a week's stretch of games, could be the difference between achieving baseball immortality or going home hanging your head. With strong, well-rounded teams like the Philadelphia Phillies dominating the league with a 77-40 record, any contending team that slumps in any facet of the game come the NLDS or NLCS will probably suffer a disappointing fate.

With eyes on the World Series prize, here are some keys to the National League pennant for all six contending teams.

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