2 reasons the Brewers will be better in 2024 and one reason they won't

Will the Brewers' improvements be enough to be even better than they were last year or will one big thing get in their way?

Feb 27, 2024; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Willy Adames against the Los Angeles
Feb 27, 2024; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers infielder Willy Adames against the Los Angeles / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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2023 saw the Milwaukee Brewers get back to the winning ways the were used to prior to 2022 when they missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. The Crew fought off waves of NL Central opponents to win the division for the third time since the 2018 season.

The 2023 team accumulated 92 wins on the season, which was the lowest total of any of the team's five full-season division championship teams (the 1981 division-winning team only played 109 games). They also tied the 2020 team for the fastest playoff exit in franchise history as they were swept in two games by the Diamondbacks.

The goal in 2024 will be to turn last year's playoff appearance into a new "streak" by stretching it to a second consecutive season, but with the NL Central looking at least a little stronger than last year, they may have to turn in a better season than in 2023 in order to do so. Here we'll look at a couple reasons why the Brewers can be even better than last year and one reason why they won't.

The Brewers will be better because they upgraded the offense.

The 2023 Brewers were as good as they were mostly because of a strong pitching staff and one of the best defenses in the league. At times, those two facets helped them overcome an offense that went through multiple cold stretches before finally coming alive late in the year.

Milwaukee scored 4.47 runs per game last season, which ranked them 17th in MLB. Below average offensive performances by a number of young players (Brice Turang, Sal Frelick, Joey Wiemer) as well as some veterans who were expected to be some of the main run producers (Rowdy Tellez, Jesse Winker) helped contribute to that problem.

The Brewers got a boost to their offense with the trade deadline additions of outfielder Mark Canha and Carlos Santana. However the team will no longer be able to rely on those two for offense as the former was traded to the Tigers and the latter moved on in free agency.

So knowing they needed to upgrade the offense, GM Matt Arnold went out and got two of the stronger offensive options on the free agent market. He signed first baseman Rhys Hoskins, arguably the top option at that position, as well as catcher Gary Sanchez who is nearing 200 homers for his career.

Those two should help support advancements in the current roster. Last year's wave of rookies will be another year older and at least a couple of them should take steps forward at the plate. Also, top prospect Jackson Chourio has officially arrived and should provide some excitement in the lineup.

It would be very surprising if the 2024 Brewers don't end up having a better offensive output than the 2023 version. And since you need runs to win games, that's as good a reason to be better this year as any.