Dodgers We're Concerned About: Noah Syndergaard
Similarly to David Peralta, it's a wonder the Dodgers were only able land Noah Syndergaard as starting rotation help during the offseason. In a free agent pool filled with high-end starters, ending up with someone of Thor's stature feels a bit like a major loss.
The 30-year-old righty is nowhere close to the same pitcher he was when he was coming up with the New York Mets. That version of Syndergaard made an All-Star Game in 2016 and looked like he had the makings of being an annual contender for a Cy Young Award.
As has been the case with so many once-promising arms over the years, Syndergaard had to deal with his fair share of injuries and is now a very different pitcher. He hadn't statistically been an above-average pitcher in years before he just barely posted an above-average ERA+ last season (103) with the Phillies and Angels.
So, here we are, with another one-year contract that won't necessarily break the bank, but would be a huge value if Syndergaard can make good on it. Instead, he's made two starts for the club, posting a 6.30 ERA across 10 innings of work. He has struck out eight batters without walking any, but he's also surrendered two home runs and 12 base hits already.
Over the years, the Dodgers have a pretty high standard in terms of the quality of their starting pitchers. If Syndergaard wants to be in good graces with the team and its fans, a bounceback will be needed (and soon).