Beware, the 2022 Dodgers‘ offense! Able to leap tall pitchers with a single … double, triple or dinger. Really, anything you need, this offense led by Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and Trayce Thompson (the Big 4!) can get it done.
Even the National League’s nastiest aces learned that the hard way this week, when they entered Dodger Stadium looking to keep their Cy Young campaigns rolling, and instead hit a bump in the road so large it shot their ERAs back towards normalcy.
Prediction: With every passing day, it’s only going to get more hilarious that Eric Lauer, of all people, was the one man who was able to spark a shutout of this Dodgers offense.
Corbin Burnes, the big, bad, bearded leader of the Brewers’ pitching staff, became the latest rival to feel LA’s wrath on Tuesday night, allowing 7 earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched and falling to Tony Gonsolin, becoming the 16th notch in his nearly-undefeated record. No shame in that.
That beatdown raised Burnes’ ERA by 0.36 runs, all the way up to 2.84 on the year. And after the game wrapped, Burns opened a door in the clubhouse to find Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara, still nursing his wounds from Sunday’s game and softly asking, “You new here?”
Dodgers destroyed Corbin Burnes, Sandy Alcantara’s Cy Young campaigns
Who else can LA victimize? Max Fried? Max Scherzer? Maybe it’ll be Justin Verlander in the World Series, walking in with visions of a no-hit bid and walking out after remembering he always falls flat in the Fall Classic. The possibilities are endless!
Alcantara’s start might have been worse; he allowed 6 earned runs on 10 hits through the very same 3.2 innings, his first outing of the year with over 5 runs allowed. Nobody else seems to be able to handle his heavy, 99 MPH sinker, and the Dodgers were happy to oblige.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers might need to ease up on the Brew Crew down the stretch. After all, every time they defeat Milwaukee, they’re giving the San Diego Padres a leg up in the Wild Card race.
More Lauer, less Burnes.