As if we haven’t been subjected to enough lousy pitching this season, get ready for Noah Syndergaard the sequel. He’s coming back and the Dodgers are prepared to lose even more games while in a playoff race. Syndergaard who has been on the injured list with a blister since June 8 is apparently preparing to return to the Dodger’s rotation. Meanwhile Dodger fans are preparing to barf.
The Dodgers have had one of the worst pitching staffs in MLB this season and their refusal to stop using ineffective pitchers is a huge reason why. Syndergaard has personified ineffectiveness this year in what has been a horrendous season for the 30-year old veteran. Syndergaard or “Thor” as everyone refers to him as, has posted a 7.17 ERA across 55.1 innings pitched in 2023. Those numbers barely scratch the surface of telling you how bad he has been. Although to be fair, that 7.17 ERA should tell you everything you need to know.
The Dodgers signed Syndergaard this winter hoping he could reclaim his injury riddled career. It seemed like a low-cost high reward acquisition. But if you consider the hoards of injured pitchers Andrew Friedman has signed in free agency during his reign, how often has one actually worked out? One could argue that it has worked a couple of times, but way more often it has not.
Dave Roberts said the plan is for Noah Syndergaard to pitch in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium tomorrow and then go out on a rehab assignment shortly after.
“Then the ball is in his court, to be quite honest, to go out there and perform,” Roberts added.
— Matthew Moreno (@Matthew__Moreno) July 6, 2023
During spring training we saw Syndergaard’s velocity plummet. He’s been a shell of his former self. By the start of the regular season he was giving up at least 6 runs per start. He’s allowed five earned runs or more in six of his twelve starts. He’s struck out 38 and given up 77 hits, while posting an 11.5 hits per nine rate. I can translate for you what Dave Roberts is talking about. He’s basically telling us that the club is going to let him lose as many games as possible to justify Friedman’s moronic signing.
If this were any other team Syndergaard would have been given his unconditional release weeks ago. But this is the Dodgers and they’ll keep running him out there, start after start, and infuriating loss after loss. I understand the Dodgers need starters. Almost their entire rotation is injured. Clayton Kershaw is out until after the all-star break and maybe longer. Dustin May is out for the year, and Ryan Pepiot is on the back of a milk carton. There’s just no reason to give Thor this much rope, or any rope for that matter. The guy is cooked. No amount of crossing your fingers, toes and hoping that he “finds himself” is going to turn back the clock. Please don’t punt anymore games Dodgers. I’m begging you.