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.