Injuries have plagued Noah Syndergaard over the last few years of his career but the Dodgers still felt confident enough in what they saw in 2022 to offer a contract for next season. It’s clear the skillset and dominance he brings, when healthy, can and will absolutely play up for the LA starting rotation.
And, luckily for fans, he has continued to work on his game this offseason. Or, rather, getting his game back to where it once was.
“Whatever I was doing last year was not the best version of me,” he said in an introducary Zoom call earlier this week. “I see no excuse as to why I can’t get back to 100 miles an hour and even farther than that. I don’t think there’s a baseball player in MLB that does what I do when it comes to the recovery and the training and just the attention to detail.”
At his best, Syndergaard was an All-Star level pitcher with the Mets. He’s excelled at the highest level and in the biggest moments in postseason play as well (2.62 career ERA across seven playoff series). And he’s working to get back to that version of himself.
Between pitching at private facilities to pitching factories, Syndergaard has shown the level of commitment that should have fans excited. And after the holidays, he plans officially starting his work with the Dodgers staff to bring his game back to speed.
We could be looking at the next Tyler Anderson here.
The Dodgers will report to Camelback Ranch for spring training in less than eight weeks.
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