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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
Getty ImagesThe Cardinals project as the 2011 NL Central winners via ZiPS, even after the Zack Greinke deal.

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?