Brewers 2024 Opening Day Lineup: Top Prospect Chourio Leading The Way

Rookie Jackson Chourio will bat leadoff for the Brewers on Opening Day
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The first lineup of the regular season is here! Baseball is back and these games finally count. Manager Pat Murphy gets to fill out his first lineup card at the helm full time for the Crew and he's throwing his top prospect right into the fire.

In the Brewers 2024 Opening Day lineup, Jackson Chourio is batting leadoff and will get the first at-bat of the season for Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers 2024 Opening Day Lineup

1. Jackson Chourio, RF
2. William Contreras, C
3. Christian Yelich, LF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Willy Adames, SS
6. Blake Perkins, CF
7. Joey Ortiz, 2B
8. Gary Sanchez, DH
9. Andruw Monasterio, 3B

Freddy Peralta will get the ball on the mound for the Crew opposite lefty Jose Quintana for the New York Mets.

It's Quintana's left-handedness that's influencing this Brewers initial lineup. Most noticeably, this lineup is missing Sal Frelick and Brice Turang, both left handed hitters. Murphy did say that Frelick would start in center against righties but Perkins would get the nod against lefties, and that even includes Opening Day. Turang, declared the Opening Day second baseman weeks ago, doesn't actually start on Opening Day because of the handedness of Quintana.

There are a couple of deviations from how the lineup was constructed under the previous manager. Christian Yelich, who was the leadoff man for most of last year, slides back down into the No. 3 spot in the order. That's a power spot and if he sticks there, the Brewers will be expecting more power from him. Protecting Yelich is Rhys Hoskins, who was expected to bat cleanup as soon as he was signed. Willy Adames also slides down to the 5th spot after struggling most of last year in the three hole.

Jackson Chourio will have plenty of protection behind him. Even as a 20 year old rookie, with Contreras, Yelich, and Hoskins behind him, there should be plenty of opportunities for Chourio to get good pitches to hit and get driven in from the basepaths.

The bottom of the order isn't super inspiring without Frelick and Turang. We'll get our first look at Joey Ortiz and Gary Sanchez, but it's a little surprising to see Sanchez down in the 8 spot between Ortiz and Monasterio given his veteran track record.

While the lineup won't look like this every day, this is a good indication of how Pat Murphy will construct his lineup against lefties for most of the season. Happy Opening Day!