It has not been a good season for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Noah Syndergaard, and his struggles continued with a five inning, five earned run performance against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Manager Dave Roberts was not ready to fully commit to Syndergaard making his next start against the Cincinnati Reds.
“As an organization, we've got to continue to figure out which guys give us the best chance to win on a particular day as far as starters,” Dave Roberts said, via Juan Toribio of MLB.com. “I don't know right now what the plan as far as Noah, when he's going to start next.”
The Dodgers are looking for stability in their rotation, and Roberts acknowledged that fact.
“I hate the idea of beginning June as a tryout camp,” Roberts said, via Toribio. “But we've got to figure out some stability and dependability as far as what we're going to get.”
The performance against the Nationals brings Noah Syndergaard's season ERA up to 6.54. Syndergaard spoke about what he is feeling going through the struggles.
“It really sucks,” Syndergaard said, via Toribio. “Right now I just feel like I'm the weakest link on this team. I want to go out there and compete and be successful for the other guys in this clubhouse, but it's just not working out.”
Syndergaard is not performing anywhere close to his peak with the New York Mets, and he spoke about what it would mean for him to get back to that.
“Trying to make big adjustments in between starts isn't the easiest,” Syndergaard said, via Toribio. “I would give up my hypothetical first-born to be the old me again. I'll do anything possible to get back to that. I'm expected to go out there and compete, and today I just fell behind a lot of hitters.”
It will be interesting to see when Syndergaard makes his next start for the Dodgers, and if that will come against the Reds, which he is currently in line for.