Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/12/14
On the road to the 2011 World Championship, the St. Louis Cardinals had many important series. Their return match-up with the National League Central Division champion Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Championship Series was certainly a crucial and necessary gate though which to pass on the way to the top. The series offered plenty of intrigue and concern for the Cardinals as their opponent had several advantages – on paper at least. The two clubs split their regular-season series at nine wins each, with both clubs holding a slight 5-4 edge at home. Milwaukee held the home field advantage. It seemed a major benefit as the Brewers had gone 57-24 (.704) at Miller Park during the regular season, the best home record in the Major Leagues in 2011. Milwaukee was a perfect 15-0 in Game 1 and 5 pitcher Zack Greinke’s home starts. Their powerful lineup featured the man who would be named the league’s Most Valuable Player in Ryan Braun. Further, the Brewers would not see Cardinals ace Chris Car...
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