It isn’t the superstar signing Dodgers fans may have hoped for but Noah Syndergaard surely fills a need within the team. While other pieces will continue to align themselves, Syndergaard now gets a chance to prove his worth once more and Clayton Kershaw believes the Dodgers are the perfect destination for him.
The LA ace joined MLB Network’s “High Heat” earlier this week and shared his thoughts on his new rotation mate.
“I think coming off Tommy John last year proved that he was healthy. You know the Dodgers always see stuff, they always see stuff, so I’m sure he’s got some type of analytical number or some type of something that they feel like he can get his velo back up to where it was and he can do this or that and on a 1-year deal, it’s a real bargain and all this stuff, so we’re excited to have him and we need him quite frankly. So, I hope he comes back, comes in and [is] ready to go. His stuff is great, so we’ll see what happens.”
Syndergaard came into the league by storm finishing at the top of rookie rankings and appearing in his first All-Star game in 2016. During that span, Syndergaard had a 23-16 record with a 2.89 ERA and 384 strikeouts in 55 games.
Since then, Syndergaard has a 34-25 record with a 3.76 ERA in 91 appearances. If there is any team that has the capability of taking a chance on Syndergaard and reviving his career, it’s the Dodgers and Kershaw fully supports the move.
Noah Syndergaard signing with the Dodgers has me reliving this gold from back in 2016. Utley homering twice after this was *chef's kiss*. Yes they're dangerous, but there was something about takeout slides.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) December 16, 2022
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