Cardinals vs. Brewers: NLCS Preview

Jocelyn TaubCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2011

Expect intensity as Milwaukee meets St. Louis in the NLCS
Expect intensity as Milwaukee meets St. Louis in the NLCSDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Aside from winning the National League Wild Card in 2008, the Brewers have not been this close to the World Series since 1982, when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

Back then, Milwaukee was an American League team, and each league consisted of just two divisions.

With St. Louis being the home of Anheuser-Busch and Milwaukee famous for the Miller Brewing Company, the 1982 World Series was dubbed the “Suds Series.”  While most of the current players on both the Brewers and the Cardinals rosters were not even born the last time they met in the playoffs, you can be sure both teams will be aware of their collective playoff history.

As for their recent history, the Brewers and Cardinals are definitely not fond of each other.  The teams split their meetings this season with each taking nine games. 

Down the stretch, the Cardinals were chasing the Brewers for the Central Division lead, which led to some trash-talking and heated exchanges.

During a game in St. Louis last month, the Brewers’ Nyjer Morgan almost started a bench-clearing brawl when he got in to an argument with Cardinals’ ace Chris Carpenter and hurled a wad of chewing tobacco toward the mound.  

Adding further fuel to the situation, Morgan used his Twitter account to taunt the Cardinals and refer to Albert Pujols as "Alberta."          

Today, Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke referred to the Cards’ Carpenter as a “phony” to a group of reporters at Miller Park.

On paper, the two squads match up very well.  The Cardinals have power hitters in Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday. The Brewers counter with All-Stars Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.

These two teams know each other very well.  As the Central Division champions, the Brewers have home-field advantage. Milwaukee had a major league-leading home record of 57-24. This may be what gives them the edge in the series.

However the series ends, the 2011 NLCS should be an intense matchup with the potential for heated exchanges and confrontations.