Milwaukee Brewers Season Preview and Tickets

The Milwaukee Brewers will be looking to do one better after finishing second in the National League Central with 86 wins and 76 losses in 2022. That put them seven wins behind the division-winning St. Louis Cardinals, a number that it feels is possible to run down over a 162-game season.

The Brewers will start their chase of the Cards with a road series against another division rival, the Chicago Cubs. They return to Milwaukee for their home opener at American Family Field, the first game in a three-game series against the New York Mets, on Monday, April 3. The Brewers don’t have to wait long to face St. Louis in 2023, with the Cards being the second team to visit Milwaukee this year for a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 7.

Here are three questions for the Brewers ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

Can pitching carry the team again?

Pitching was the Brewers’ hallmark in 2022 and should be the same in 2023. This rotation has five solid players at the top and enough depth to weather injury issues or a couple of guys falling out of form. Corbin Burnes leads the rotation the year after he finished seventh in National League Cy Young voting and had a career-high 243 strikeouts. Eric Lauer and Brandon Woodruff were both double-digit game-winners with sub-3.70 ERAs. At the same time, if they can get the likes of Aaron Ashby and Freddy Peralta firing after injury issues last season, the Brewers will be a bigger threat in the division.

Will there be an offensive boost?

Purely by OPS+, this was a better offense than you think in 2022. The only position below average by the metric was catcher, which makes it weird that the offense couldn’t help late in the season when the bullpen fell apart. Losing players like Kolten Wong and – especially – Hunter Renfroe will certainly hurt, but don’t sleep on what the Brew Crew did during the offseason. William Contreras is a .809 OPS catcher who was an All-Star in 2022. His hard-hit rate alone – 46% compared to a league average of 35.8% – will improve this offense.

Does the Corbin Burnes arbitration ruling hurt him and the team?

We already mentioned how Burnes is the ace of this staff. He and the Brewers went to arbitration on his contract for 2023, with the arbitrators ruling in favor of the franchise. The monetary loss was something in the region of $750,000, but the blowback could be much more damaging. Burnes has stated that this process hurt his relationship with the team, noting that the club angled their argument in a way that suggested he was the reason the Brewers failed to make the playoffs last fall. Watch this one closely. If Burnes underperforms, the Brewers only have themselves to blame.

Upcoming Brewers Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Mon, April 3 – New York Mets

Tue, April 4 – New York Mets

Wed, April 5 – New York Mets

Fri, April 7 – St. Louis Cardinals

Sat, April 8 – St. Louis Cardinals

Sun, April 9 – St. Louis Cardinals

Fri, April 21 – Boston Red Sox

Sat, April 22 – Boston Red Sox

Sun, April 23 – Boston Red Sox

Mon, April 24 – Detroit Tigers

Tue, April 25 – Detroit Tigers

Wed, April 26 – Detroit Tigers

Fri, April 28 – Los Angeles Angels

Sat, April 29 – Los Angeles Angels

Sun, April 30 – Los Angeles Angels

Mon, May 8 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Tue, May 9 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Wed, May 10 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Fri, May 12 – Kansas City Royals

Sat, May 13 – Kansas City Royals

Sun, May 14 – Kansas City Royals

Mon, May 22 – Houston Astros

Tue, May 23 – Houston Astros

Wed, May 24 – Houston Astros

Thu, May 25 – San Francisco Giants

Fri, May 26 – San Francisco Giants

Sat, May 27 – San Francisco Giants

Sun, May 28 – San Francisco Giants

Tue, June 6 – Baltimore Orioles

Wed, June 7 – Baltimore Orioles

Thu, June 8 – Baltimore Orioles

Fri, June 9 – Oakland Athletics

Sat, June 10 – Oakland Athletics

Sun, June 11 – Oakland Athletics

Fri, June 16 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sat, June 17 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Sun, June 18 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Mon, June 19 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Tue, June 20 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Wed, June 21 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Mon, July 3 – Chicago Cubs

Tue, July 4 – Chicago Cubs

Wed, July 5 – Chicago Cubs

Thu, July 6 – Chicago Cubs

Fri, July 7 – Cincinnati Reds

Sat, July 8 – Cincinnati Reds

Sun, July 9 – Cincinnati Reds

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