The NL Central runs through St. Louis

The Brewers' Greinke pickup was nice, but ZiPS has Cards winning division

Originally Published: December 20, 2010
By Dan Szymborski | Special to ESPN Insider

The Milwaukee Brewers went into the 2010 season believing they had one of the best offenses in the National League -- and a pitching staff that would at least be somewhat respectable. The hitters didn't disappoint; despite Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder having "down" years, they were fourth in the NL in runs scored. The pitchers didn't help at all -- the Brew Crew was 14th in the NL in ERA.

GM Doug Melvin has now acquired Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, effectively remaking 2010's rotation. The price was steep -- Brett Lawrie and Lorenzo Cain, among others, could become stars -- although with the window of opportunity closing on the Brewers, they appear to be the right moves.

So, what's the balance of the NL Central for 2011 look like?