Another weekend in the books for the Los Angeles Dodgers and another series win. The Dodgers are now 21-4 in the month of August and also got their second victory with a trade they pulled off earlier in the month.
Before we get into the Dodgers-Red Sox series, fans can take joy in knowing Andrew Friedman officially fleeced the Guardians in the Noah Syndergaard-Amed Rosario trade because Cleveland designated Syndergaard for assignment on Sunday evening.
Though Rosario has cooled off considerably since the July 26 trade, Syndergaard would've needed a 180 on his season to make the Dodgers pay. Instead, after five starts -- one in which he helped the Guardians take down LA -- Cleveland opted not to continue on with the experiment.
The right-hander had a 5.40 ERA, 7.20 FIP and 1.29 WHIP across 33.1 innings with his new team. He struck out just 18 batters and surrendered a ridiculous 10 home runs, including three against the Blue Jays on Sunday (the Guardians ended up winning that game, too).
Cleveland showed him the door barely a couple of hours after his most recent start, officially putting a bow on this transaction with the Dodgers.
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It's not that fans were rooting against Syndergaard, but the move at least validates any ill will following the deal, when the right-hander called out the Dodgers moments after his departure. Looks like it wasn't their fault at all.
Speaking of faults, the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. Yes, and some of their fans still try to justify it! Maybe that can be put to bed after the NL MVP frontrunner led LA to a series victory in his return to Boston since the 2020 blockbuster?
Betts went 7-for-15 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI, sparking both 7-4 wins on Friday and Sunday while playing second base and right field. The Red Sox lone victory on Saturday was fueled by shoddy umpiring late in the game when Max Muncy was rung up on a bad call and ejected (manager Dave Roberts joined him shortly after).
The Dodgers scored 19 runs on 34 hits at Fenway while Lance Lynn and Gavin Stone handled business on the mound (unfortunately Julio Urías was the only pitcher to get rocked over the three-game set).
Freddie Freeman also set a franchise record with his 50th double on Sunday and will have more than a month to pad that historic mark. Muncy clubbed his 30th homer of the year and became the sixth Dodger in history to hit 30 or more home runs in four seasons for the team.
A familiar face also returned to LA on Sunday afternoon. After Tony Gonsolin's season ended when he was transferred to the 60-day injured list (his future with the team is officially in question too), the Dodgers brought back reliever Tyson Miller, who appeared in one game for the team earlier this year.
Per Roberts, surgery is on the table for Gonsolin after he received an MRI and it's possible his 2024 season is impacted. As for Miller, he will be bullpen filler until the Dodgers get back whatever reinforcement comes first: Walker Buehler, Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly.
The Dodgers will now return home for six games against the Diamondbacks and Braves before going on another east coast road trip in a week. Who made the MLB schedule this year?