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2011 MLB Playoff Schedule: Milwaukee Brewers Will Prove To Be Cut Above D-Backs

MILWAUKEE, WI -SEPTEMBER 25:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by team mates after hitting a home run against the Florida Marlins in the fourth inning at a Major League Baseball game at Miller Park Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2011

If you had to rank the respective division series matchups based on how much buzz surrounds the series, the Brewers-Diamondbacks series would likely finish last.

The Diamondbacks flew under the radar all season and collectively, these two teams have fewer marquee stars than any two other teams going head to head.

But any baseball fan who isn't going to tune in to see this series is going to miss out on seeing a team very well may end up representing the National League in the World Series.

That team is the Milwaukee Brewers.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, the Brewers have to take care of the Diamondbacks, a task they will accomplish with ease.

Talent-wise, the Brewers are just decidedly better than the Diamondbacks. The D-Backs' star, Justin Upton, is a really talented player, but he is no Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun.

Fielder and Braun are both likely to finish in the top five in MVP voting, and you would be hard pressed to find a better one-two punch in any lineup.

There is a huge difference in the pitching staffs as well.

Ian Kennedy, the Diamondbacks' ace, is as good as any pitcher on the Brewers' roster, but that's where their edge ends. Yovani Gallardo and Zach Greinke are co-aces for Milwaukee and the back end of the Brewers' bullpen is better than any other bullpen in the league other than maybe the Yankees'.

The Diamondbacks are a really nice story. They came out of nowhere to win their division, but this is where the fun ends. The Brewers are just the superior team.

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