This year’s Milwaukee Brewers team is treading ground that no group in this franchise has trod before: the NLCS. A win will catapult them into the club’s second appearance in the World Series, where they have a legitimate chance to win it all.
A loss here sends them home to watch the remainder of the postseason on television.
In a way, it is only fitting that the next step in this quest should be fought against longtime division rival St. Louis Cardinals.
The teams have a lot of history together. Parts of this rivalry are old—dating back to the 1982 World Series and earlier—and other parts are fresher. The Brewers and the Cardinals have developed a particularly bitter rivalry over the past several years.
So what do the Brewers have to do to win here and ultimately in the even bigger series that is hopefully yet to come? Here are six keys to the Brewers winning the pennant.