Grading the Brewers overall for March and April: A-
When you combine everything, the fact of the matter is that the Brewers have performed as one of the best teams in MLB as far as their record shows. For 22 out of 30 days in April, they led their division and if not for a crazy stretch by the Pirates in the second half of the month, they'd still be there.
It's worth mentioning the Brewers' strong defense so far in 2023 as well. The Milwaukee defense has a combined 25 defensive runs saved, by far the most in the league over the second place Diamondbacks who have 18. Their four outs above average also rank them seventh in the league.
This has all been despite a rash of injuries to start the season yet again. Besides the aforementioned Woodruff, injuries have also befallen players such as Aaron Ashby, Adrian Houser, Tyrone Taylor, Gus Varland, Garrett Mitchell, and Luis Urias among others. And yet, they continue to win.
The challenge will be continuing to do so.
Last year, the Brewers started strong as well before the Cardinals ultimately caught them and took the division lead. Not only did Milwaukee not catch back up to them, but they fell out of the playoff race altogether and ended up missing the postseason for the first time in five years.
With St. Louis struggling and currently at the bottom of the NL Central, the Brewers have a great opportunity to continue to distance themselves from their division rivals. Do that while keeping better pace with the top of the National League, and it will be time to start a new franchise playoff streak.