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Prince Fielder Will Lead Brewers to Title

Prince Fielder, Brewers, National League Champs

First baseman Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $15.5 million, one-year contract.

Locking up Fielder, a 2-time All Star, for another year is a huge move.  Add in two solid pitching pickups, former Cy-Young Zack Greinke and Shawn Marcum, the Milwaukee Brewers may be the team to beat this season. 

As stated by The Common Man, the Brewers have been very successful this off season, placing #4 on his Off Season Winner List. Milwaukee will win the NL Central this season and may take the National League Title as well.

At first thought, the Brewers don’t strike you as a powerful threat, but when you really look at this team, they have all the pieces to make Bob Uecker proud.  Did you know the Brewers had 5 players, all less than 30 years old, with over 22 HR’s and 82 RBI during the 2010 season?  Not to mention, a Silver Slugging Pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, who belted just one less homer than starting center fielder, Carlos Gomez.  The team has power, a lot of it.

Let’s take a look at the Big 5 and their 2010 stats…

  • OF – Ryan Braun:  .304, 25 HR, 103 RBI, 14 SB
  • 3B-  Casey McGehee: .285, 23 HR, 104 RBI
  • OF – Corey Hart: .283, 31 HR, 102 RBI, 7 SB
  • 2B – Rickie Weeks: .269, 29 HR, 83 RBI, 11 SB
  • 1B – Fielder: .265, 32 HR, 83 RBI

These are some big numbers from not so popular players.  Aside from Fielder and Braun, the other 3 are relatively unknown.  Between these 5 players, there is no shortage of power and even some speed.   A strong rotation including Greinke, Marcum, and Gallardo, the Brewers should win their division this upcoming season.   As long as their defense improves, and their strikeouts decrease (184 alone from Weeks), the Big 5 may give Milwaukee their first National League title…ever.

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