They’ve done that to Max Fried and Yu Darvish, Logan Webb and Carlos Rodón.
They added Corbin Burnes to the roster Tuesday night.
Facing this year’s Dodgers lineup may be hard enough. It seems almost impossible to do this multiple times.
Burns had a hard time learning on Tuesday to become the latest pitcher to not only step back in his second start against the Dodgers, but to be so strong, with the Dodgers In a 10-1 rout in front of a packed home crowd, seven games were given up in 3⅔ innings.
“He’s still one of the best in the game,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Coming to Corbyn like we did tonight shows just how good we can be against a game.”
Five days ago, Burns helped the Brewers beat the Dodgers in Milwaukee. The defending NL Cy Young Award winner shut them out in five innings, limiting enough damage to clinch the win despite giving up a three in the sixth.
Tuesday was a different story.
In the first inning, the right-hander gave up a leading double against Mookie Betts and an RBI single against Freddie Freeman.
He walked two batters in the second inning before sending a mid-lane cutter to Trayce Thompson who quickly put it into the left field for a run Three-run home run.
Burns’ night completely unraveled in the fourth quarter after a scoreless third quarter.
Chris Taylor singled in the infield and stole the second. Thompson hit him with a left hit. Betts swung what was supposed to be the final out on a 3-pointer, but was able to arrive safely first after a wild ball bounced off the receiver.
Then, Trea Turner delivered a knockout, RBI single at center to make it 6-0.
Even after Burns pulled out, he was charged with one more run, by another Freeman RBI single against reliever Brent Suter .
The seven runs are the most Burns has given up since 2019.
He also became the second star pitcher of the season to fail four innings at Dodger Stadium this week after Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcan Tara also made only 3⅔ innings Sunday in his worst start of the season.
“I’ve talked a lot about this year, the team’s offense has been much better the last two and a half months, three months,” Roberts said. “It’s just a compilation of good information, good performance and good execution from everyone.”
Tuesday further emphasised that the Dodgers (85-37) are the most impressive of the season One of the trends,
So far this year, teams have faced 24 different opposing starting pitchers multiple times.
In their first time with the Dodgers, these pitchers have a 4.11 ERA, and the Dodgers are just 15-9 in those games.
But in every game that followed — like Burns’ game Tuesday, when he faced the Dodgers in Milwaukee Five days later — those pitchers had a 7.55 ERA, leading the Dodgers to a 26-7 score.
“[When] you know someone, you know what they’re going to bring, you know their strengths and how they’re going to attack you,” said Roberts, himself Starter Tony Gonsolin avoided such a trap by giving up just one game in five innings when he faced the Brewers (65-57) for the second time in a week.
“I think for us,” Roberts continued, “it’s a good sign sometimes.”
One of his The baseman agreed.
The Freeman Dodgers took a more aggressive approach to Burns on Tuesday than they did last week – and it got in their daily pregame batter’s meeting Emphasized, and reinforced in Burns’ previous segment. Start flashing the bat-ing cage TV on them.
Indeed, Bates’ first double came on the second ball he batted. Freeman’s RBI knock came in the third inning.
Thompson was more patient on his home run — the highlight of the two-thirds, four-RBI night that led the Dodgers offense — on 2 and 2 counts hit it.
But then he and Turner re-attacked in the 4th quarter, Thompson burned a singles pitch at 3 and 0 and Turner by dumping the first ball into the Field to knock out Burns.
“That’s our plan today, attack early,” Freeman said. “It worked for us.”
Of course, the better most teams are against pitchers, the more they see. The batter becomes more familiar with the opponent’s approach, arm angle and pitching motion. They have experience to learn from and past failures to learn from.
But this year’s Dodgers almost made it seem like a science.
Freed pitched seven innings in his first meeting with the Dodgers this year, then dropped two runs in the next 6 ⅔ innings. Darwish had a six-run scoreless run in his first game of the year, but has since dropped seven runs in 12 innings in two games.
Rodong got two good starts against the Dodgers (six, two and six, no run) before they played him last time Scored five points in five innings.
Merrill Kelly is probably the clearest example, starting with six innings, a three-game winning streak in April, and an eight-game losing streak in two innings three weeks later.
A guy,” said Chris Taylor, one of four Dodgers who made multiple hits on Tuesday. “You just kind of know what to expect. “
Doing this for Burns in less than a week is probably the most hopeful sign.
is something the Dodgers need to do in October, when they may face opposing Aces twice in a playoff series — a game-to-play growth that may be necessary in their quest for a championship.
“If you want to win the World Series, these are the people we’re going to face,” Freeman said. “It’s a good test for us. “
And, as they’ve done all season, the Dodgers once again passed with distinction.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.