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How the Brewers Stack Up Against NL Central Foes Post-Winter

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COMMENTARY | There is a general consensus regarding the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers' playoff chances, a feeling of pessimism. The Brewers didn't land a big fish in free agency or make a newsworthy trade to bolster the roster. Milwaukee's train of thought was clear and simple heading into the winter - don't touch the offense, revamp the bullpen and give the young arms a shot to win a job in the spring.

We're nearly two months away from opening day, and the transactions have begun to die down around the league as rosters take form. Early projections for the National League Central division give the Cincinnati Reds a leg up on the competition, with the Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs falling in line. Remember, the punching bag known as the Houston Astros no longer resides in the NL Central.

With the Astros out of the picture, it figures to be a more wide-open race.

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