Noah Syndergaard Trades the Dodgers Need to Watch Out For
The New York Mets are currently 40-50 and currently fourth in the National League East. They also have two of the top pitchers in baseball with Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard, affectionally known as Thor.
Syndergaard is on a team controlled contract through 2021, has one of the most electrifying stuff in baseball and is only 26 years old. Thor currently has a 4.68 ERA and has struck out 101 batters in just over 105 innings this season, so with trade season here, it’s only natural that teams are going to have interest.
Are the Dodgers interested?
Do they need him?
Because the Dodgers need bullpen help more than starting pitching help right now.
Now that’s out of the way, we should take a look at the teams that could make an offer for Syndergaard’s services and at the same time, make it harder for the Dodgers in the post-season if they do end up meeting.
San Diego Padres
The Padres just took 3 of 4 from the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, which isn’t an easy feat with the way the boys in blue have been playing this year. The are right there in the wild card race, but their starting pitching’s ERA of 4.38 needs the kind of veteran leadership Thor can provide. They also have the type of farm system that the Mets would take a serious look, which includes the likes of Luis Urias and the much talked about Andres Munoz.
The Brewers are in the toughest division in baseball and the sting of that Game 7 loss year is probably still eating at them. According to MLB.com, they have the prospects like Huira and young players like Ray and Turang to get the Mets to start a conversation.
If the Brewers can get Syndergaard and have their bullpen step up in the 2nd half the way they played last year, the Dodgers could be in a dog fight where home field advantage would truly be of the utmost importance.
New York Yankees
They’re here because it’s a top pitcher from a team that is losing. They’re always going to be in play here with their farm system. If they do get Thor from their cross-town rivals, a World Series matchup with the Yankees and their offense is going to be a tougher matchup than it is now.
The Astros seem to be on a mission this year and MLB.com is reporting that the some within the front office are “intrigued” with the idea of adding Syndergaard to Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander to basically line up a 1-2-3 starting rotation that can only rival the Dodgers in the Post-Season.
The Astrons have their top prospect Kyle Tucker to dangle and up and coming pitcher in Bryan Abreu, so the Mets might be interested here.
Dont mean to be so critical here, but our rotation is not what everybody thinks it is. Ryu is pitching for a contact next and cant be trusted health-wise, Kersh is outpitched by the opposition nearly every time out. Buehler is still an ace in training. Strip should be traded for a bullpen piece, and Maeda is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. If the Astros get Thor, they win the world series the same way they did when they signed Verlander, the guy we should have gotten.
The issue with this pitching staff, and yes other staffs have had this especially this year, is serving up the HR’s for example Maeda is a huge culprit here and if Dodgers don’t score 6 or more runs, they will lose because I would bet that by the 5th inning of tonight’s game Maeda will have given up 2 or more HR’s probably with men on base. Stripling is another culprit in the HR category and so are Kershaw and Jansen. The other problem that will be exposed this weekend with the Red Sox is Dodgers don’t do well against the better LHP in the league and a huge reason is they do not have any impact RH bats, meaning most of the power and run production come from LHB in the lineup. What little RH bats we have don’t do well against LHP, with the exception of Freese..
It’s been a good and a bad season so far. The good is the Dodgers having gotten off to a great start this season. The bad would be the teams pathetic last 4 games and inability to hit. I have gone from thinking the Dodgers would cakewalk through the World Series, to worrying about them even making it to the World Series. The Padres and the Red Sox have made us play like garbage. How are we going to beat the Yankees Or Houston? Our bullpen is a mess. And then Roberts has to mouth off about not wanting to goto the White House if the team is lucky enough to even won the World Series.
The team is a mess now and with the Dodgers inability to hit and score, we might go 2-5 or 1-6 on this 7 game road trip.
We most definitely will need strong relief pitchers.