There was a moment last season when the Milwaukee Brewers started to click.
Perhaps it happened once the Brewers realized that they didn't have to do anything special to make up for the loss of Prince Fielder. Or when they finally started to buy into the changes that manager Ron Roenicke and new hitting coach Johnny Narron had been trying to implement.
Whatever the case, the Brewers quietly put together one of the most productive and efficient offensive seasons in the majors, leading the NL in runs, homers and RBIs.
Not to mention slugging percentage and stolen bases.
''But the first half of the season last year, we were not good offensively,'' Roenicke is quick to point out. ''If you look at the numbers, it was not good at all, and I don't forget that.''
Easy to forget that the Brewers hit .245 before the All-Star break, 13th among the 16 teams in the NL last season. They scored the fifth-most runs, but inconsistency up and down the lineup kept them producing at an even higher...