The 2011 version of the Brewers is deeper, more experienced, more talented and frankly better than it was in 2008, the last time the team made the postseason. That squad was raw and largely unprepared to make a deep postseason run and it showed when the Brew Crew bowed out in four games in the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies, the eventual champions that year.
This time around, the Brewers are ready to meet the challenge. They have a healthy lead in the NL Central division and are playing their best ball of the year. They're not limping to the postseason and should be at full strength once Rickie Weeks returns from the disabled list. There is no manager controversy and and the players feel they can win every game. It's a winning atmosphere in Milwaukee right now, from management to established clubhouse leaders to newcomers like Nyjer Morgan.
Here are five reasons the Brewers will make it to the World Series for only the second time in club history.