Pitchers and catchers report! Are you ready, or did the negative bug bite you?
Yes, Prince is gone, and the team WILL move on. But that doesn't mean the crew will not do well in 2012. We're talking about a team that won 96 games. The same rotation will be intact for 2012. The same back end of the bullpen is still there. Yes, some changes on the infield, most notable 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez will pick up a big chunk of the offensive loss due to Princes departure. So here we go, from 96 wins and a division title, to 88 wins and another apperance in the post season. Can you see it?
Oh, I need to consider a potential suspension of NL MVP Ryan Braun? Let's cross that bridge when we get there. At the time of this writing, there has been no suspension. To get into the playoffs, you need to win your division, or make the wild card if my memory serves.
Are the Cubs going to compete in the central? Not quite yet, however, Dale Sveum will certainly help. Pirates? Much improved, but not quite their time. Cardinals? When you lose Albert, and LaRussa, I can't see them as this POWERHOUSE when compared to the crew. Are they good despite their losses, yes, but how good is the question. Reds? Pitching, pitching, pitching...do they have enough?
The 2012 Brewers may not win 96 games again, but will compete for the post season. Lets take it one step further. The goal is to win the World Series, I believe we can all agree on that. What it takes to win a championship is to get hot at the right time. Example, Cardinals. In football, the Giants. Are the Brewers capable of being that team that gets sizzling hot at the right time? Why not?