Pointing out the up-the-middle strength

Phils, Yanks and O's rank first through third when considering offense and glove work

Originally Published: April 14, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

It would have been awfully easy to board the Milwaukee Brewers' bandwagon this spring, but I was more concerned about the team's soft underbelly than Zack Greinke's broken left rib.

It's a baseball truism that contending teams need to be strong up the middle, right? Milwaukee has an unproven young catcher in Jonathan Lucroy, an unreliable shortstop in Yuniesky Betancourt, a speedy-but-inconsistent center field tandem in Carlos Gomez and Nyjer Morgan, and the hard-hitting, defensively challenged ...

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