Noah Syndergaard’s challenging season took another massive hit last night in Cincinnati as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Reds, extending their losing streak to four games.
During the game, Syndergaard endured a brutal outing, allowing six runs and seven hits in just three innings. The Dodgers’ 8-6 loss further compounded his woes on the mound.
With this performance, Syndergaard’s ERA skyrocketed to 7.16, and he has now conceded five runs or more in his last three starts.
Although Syndergaard has been dealing with a blister on his throwing hand, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts emphasized that his struggles extend beyond that issue and he might need a total “reset” to overcome his ongoing struggles.
Dave Roberts speaks on Noah Syndergaard’s recent play and what next steps could be. pic.twitter.com/twvVzHPjTd
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“Noah has been facing challenges throughout the year. It’s not due to a lack of effort or preparation; it’s simply not working,” Roberts admitted. “In addition to the blister, there was a fingernail break tonight. He won’t make excuses. He understands the importance of performance.”
Roberts indicated that the team plans to sit down with Syndergaard to find a solution to his ongoing struggles. The Dodgers cannot afford to continue with his current level of performance.
Giving up leads and relinquishing them takes a toll on the team’s offense, hindering their ability to overcome deficits. Roberts acknowledged the impact of Syndergaard’s performances, stating, “We couldn’t overcome it.”
This season, Syndergaard has already endured four starts where he allowed six earned runs or more, tying him with Cincinnati’s Graham Ashcroft and the Oakland Athletics’ Kyle Muller for the most in the majors.
“Thor” himself expressed dissatisfaction with his performance last week, acknowledging that he considers himself the “weakest link” in the Dodgers’ rotation.
The 30-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery and has struggled since returning to the mound.
Over the past two-plus seasons, he accumulated a 4.71 ERA. In the previous season, he posted a 10-10 record with a 3.94 ERA split between the Los Angeles Angels and the National League-champion Philadelphia Phillies.
As the Dodgers aim to reclaim their winning ways, resolving Syndergaard’s struggles will be crucial for their success moving forward.
Needless to say, Dodger fans are getting sick and tired of seeing Thor struggle…
“It’s time to end the Noah Syndergaard experiment. Bobby Miller is ready. Julio Urias returns on Sunday. Michael Grove looks good. The rotation is set. Syndergaard cannot make another start for the Dodgers.”
This is the one problem and gripe that i have with the front office they are not aggressive enough when it comes to adding top notch pitching. I know the new rules has been an issue around the league but this organization has had this problem for yrs now
— Daddy-O (@RichardBianco3) June 8, 2023
“noah syndergaard trying to check into the team hotel tonight.”
noah syndergaard trying to check into the team hotel tonight pic.twitter.com/F161M8r7CE
— eric stephens 🧊 (@iceman_washere) June 8, 2023
“Noah Syndergaard’s arm after getting TJ surgery.”
Noah Syndergaard’s arm after getting TJ surgery pic.twitter.com/giyfMJvIjg
— McFrosty 🦅🔔 (@McFrosty86) June 8, 2023