Ryan Braun PEDs.

There, that's out of the way. Note: I am not making any accusations against the Brewers' left fielder, just acknowledging that's the first thing that a lot of Cubs fans want to mention whenever they see that name.

Regardless of how you feel about him, the man can hit. So can the rest of the Brewers, who led the National League in runs scored in 2012, even after the free-agent departure of Prince Fielder following their NL Central title year of 2011. It's their pitching that was their downfall last year; they got reasonable starting pitching even after they traded away Zack Greinke, but their relief work was horrific. John Axford, who was a lights-out closer in that NL Central title season, blew seven saves before the end of July and nine overall. Neither he nor Francisco Rodriguez ever quite got on track.