Gamblers Weary of 2024 Milwaukee Brewers

Gamblers Weary of 2024 Milwaukee Brewers

Former Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is considered the best in the game. But he departed for the hated arch-rival Chicago Cubs. Equally important is the loss of ace starting pitcher Corbin Burnes. Thus, baseball betting odds optimism is low in Brew City and at the future market betting window. The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off the most successful six years in their history. To illustrate, Milwaukee has five playoff appearances in that span. Including a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 NLCS 4-3. Unfortunately, there is a sense that the Brewers’ successful era is over.

2024 Milwaukee Brewers

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2024 Milwaukee Brewers Manager

New manager Pat Murphy was a Brewers coach from 2016 through 2023. Of great concern are the inevitable sportsbook comparisons to Craig Counsell.

2024 Milwaukee Brewers Key Players

Last year, SS Willy Adames produced 73 runs, 29 doubles, 24 home runs, 80 RBI, a .217 average, and a .717 OPS in 2023.

LF Christian Yelich added a nice bounceback year that included 105 runs, 34 doubles, 19 home runs, 76 RBI, a .278 average, and .817 OPS. Of course, Yelich has been the MLB odds marquee man of the Brewers.

2024 Milwaukee Brewers Offseason Moves

Key offseason acquisitions: 1B Rhys Hoskins, C Gary Sánchez, RHP Jakob Junis, 1B Jake Bauers, SS Joey Ortiz, LHP DL Hall, RHP Joe Ross

Key offseason departures: RHP Corbin Burnes, RHP Brandon Woodruff, 1B Rowdy Tellez, RHP Adrian Houser, 1B/DH Carlos Santana, OF Mark Canha, OF Jesse Winker, 3B Josh Donaldson, CF Tyrone Taylor, LHP Andrew Chafin

Indeed, it was a transitional winter for the Brewers. At the beginning, Milwaukee saw longtime manager Craig Counsell leave to manage the Cubs. They promoted bench coach Pat Murphy to replace Counsell as skipper. And then they moved on from two linchpins of the Counsell era. But they locked up the guy they believe is their franchise player of the future. Certainly, top prospect Jackson Chourio signed a record extension. Correlate that could keep baseball’s No. 2 overall prospect in Milwaukee through 2033.

Also, the Brewers then brought in some veteran thump (Hoskins, Sánchez) via free agency. Milwaukee believes this is more of a re-tool than a rebuild. The Brewers won the NL Central two of the past three years. Trading Burnes a year before he reached free agency may have been the prudent move. Especially for an organization that didn’t expect to sign the 2021 NL Cy Young winner long-term. But without him and Woodruff, there are question marks throughout a rotation.
Milwaukee ranks 24th for MLB payroll.

2024 Milwaukee Brewers Recap

Overall, in 2023, the Milwaukee Brewers had a record of 92-70 and finished 1st in the National League Central Division. Offensively, Milwaukee ranked 17th for runs scored, 23rd for batting average, 23rd for OPS, 24th for home runs, and 11th for stolen bases. While Defensively, Milwaukee ranked 1st for earned run average, 2nd for WHIP, 16th for strikeouts, 8th for quality starts, 11th for fewest errors, and 2nd for bullpen ERA. Milwaukee was +1511 on the moneyline and -581 on the run line.

Last season, Milwaukee was a strong value on the moneyline but in the red on the run line. Much of that had to do with the thin margin of Milwaukee’s games. Now, the Brewers are being largely avoided by the public on the future market. The loss of Craig Counsell and several key players has indeed scared off the public.

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