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Pirates Schedule: Do The Milwaukee Brewers Have What It Takes To Win The NL Central?

At Bucs Dugout, I have a new interview with Brewers blogger Kyle Lobner about the Bucs' upcoming series against the Brew Crew. We investigate the possibility of the Brewers - who added star pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum in the offseason - competing for an NL Central division title.

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I'm not sure this Brewer team is good enough to be considered a lock to win the Central, but I do think there's good reason to believe it's the most likely team to emerge at the top ...

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It's possible April will be the Brewers' worst month. With Zack Greinke, Corey Hart, and Jonathan Lucroy missing time, the Brewers have had to give a lot of playing time to guys like Marco Estrada, Mark Kotsay and Wil Nieves. As this team gets healthy (and Lucroy just rejoined the team today), it's possible they could phase out some of their weaker links and really become a strong team going forward.

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It's true that the Brew is a little watery right now with so many regular players out. Hopefully that will give the Pirates the chance to steal a series against one of the division's tougher teams. By the way, the Brewers now feature former Pirates fan favorite Nyjer Morgan. He's one of those substitutes, currently getting a fair amount of playing time as a substitute for the injured Corey Hart.

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The series begins Tuesday night at 7:05.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.