Noah Syndergaard’s ERA is now 6.54 after allowing five runs on seven hits in the Dodgers loss on Wednesday to the Nationals.
The poor performance has the once highly touted pitcher questioning whether or not he will make his next start after manager Dave Roberts declined to commit.
“It really sucks,” Syndergaard told reporters. “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 aware he is not the same pitcher he was early in his career. In fact he is hardly the pitcher he was just a season ago as hits H/9 and HR/9 have crept up.
“I would give my hypothetical firstborn to be the old me again,” he said. “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.”
The Dodgers signed Syndergaard to a one-year deal worth $13 million and it is safe to say both sides were hoping for better results than the 68 ERA+ that Syndergaard has produced thus far. Worse the Dodgers are 3-7 in his 10 starts this season.
“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,” he said. “I don’t know right now the plan as far as Noah, when he’s going to start next.”
The Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries lately especially to their starting rotation. With Julio Urias and Dusty May both out the Dodgers could be forced to give Syndergaard one more start before making a decision.