Dodgers RHP Noah Syndergaard has been dominant through his first three spring training starts with the team. In the three starts, he’s pitched 9.1 innings, has allowed just one run (via a home run), and struck out eight batters while walking none.
He’s gone deeper and deeper into each game, pitching 4.1 innings in his most recent start.
His fastball is topping at just 94 mph at this point in the spring, but it’s consistently gone up in each start. And every day, he’s continuing to put in the work at spring training, trying to improve and revitalize his career. After his most recent start, he spoke to reporters, and talked about how he’s trying to improve every single day (via MLB.com).
“I think it’s starting to get 1 percent better, just continue that trend,” Syndergaard said. “Going out there and competing, my stuff is playing well right now. I just want to focus on getting 1 percent better every time I touch a baseball, and every time I get on the field to compete, then I think we’re going to be in a really good situation for the beginning of the season.”
So far it’s definitely working, and if Syndergaard can continue to get that fastball a little higher, he’s going to be absolutely dominant. But he did acknowledge that even though his stuff isn’t as good as it was in 2016 when he was an All-Star throwing triple digits, he’s personally in a much better place than he has been in recent time.
“The stuff isn’t where it was in the past, but my conviction and competitive nature has skyrocketed more than it was before.”
A healthy and thriving Syndergaard is one of the biggest keys to a successful season for the Dodgers, and if he continues pitching the way he is, there’s no reason he can’t have his best season since 2016.
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