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Noah Syndergaard’s First 12 Starts Among the Worst in Dodgers History

You’ve likely seen it by now, but Noah Syndergaard’s first season in Dodger blue is not exactly going to plan.

He signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Dodgers this past offseason, and it was thought that he could revitalize his career in Los Angeles and provide quality rotation depth in the process.

Unfortunately for both the team and Syndergaard himself, neither of those has happened.

In fact, Syndergaard looks like he’s dug himself an even deeper hole, with production that firmly puts him statistically among the worst pitchers.

His nightmare start to the season continued on Wednesday, as he gave up six runs and seven hits over three innings in Cincinnati.

That’s the second shortest start for Syndergaard’s year, and it ballooned his already inflated ERA to 7.16 in 2023.

That’s already a bad number, but it also puts Thor in a place in Dodger history that no one wants to be in.

Yes, Syndergaard’s start is the third worst in Dodger history, and it threatens to put an end to his time with the team before it ever really got off the ground.

Julio Urias is set to return from the injured list this weekend and that’s an addition that will force some rotation changes.

Syndergaard definitely looks like the odd man out in that scenario given both his start and Bobby Miller’s excellent beginning to his career.

Additionally, Syndergaard was officially placed on the 15-day IL with what the team is terming a blister on his right index finger, a curious move given the timing.

As for what Dodger fans are thinking about Thor, they are not happy, and Thursday may have been the beginning of the end for Syndergaard in Los Angeles.

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Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner was born and raised in southern California, and he lived there before moving to Colorado and getting his B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2022. He relocated back to southern California in 2023 and is looking forward to covering the Dodgers again here at Dodgers Nation. Some of his past work is in Bleacher Report, Dodgers Tailgate, and, most recently, Colorado Buffaloes Wire. Aside from writing, you can probably catch him petting the nearest dog or eating some good Mexican food.

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