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Syndergaard aka “Thor”, Joins The Guardians Of Cleveland

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The Saga of Noah Syndergaard, aka Thor, continues as the Los Angeles Dodgers traded the once Mets super hero, to the Cleveland Guardians for shortstop and ex-Mets teammate, Amed Rosario.

Syndergaard, who used to reign lightening baseballs on opposing hitters, will join his fifth team in eight big league seasons.

Gone are the days of the dominating and intimidating fastballs that put down the opponents offense.

Back in 2016, Syndergaard set aside 218 batters as a starter with the Mets and then came just 16 strikeouts from tying his career high in 2019, when he struck out 202 batters. But those days are of a distant memory as Syndergaard continues to redefine himself as a pitcher.

After spending five seasons with the Mets (2015-2019), Syndergaard missed the 2020 season after being shut down with a right ulner collateral ligament tear and undergoing Tommy John Surgery. The injury has taken a toll, as he has not regained the same presence on the mound, as he had prior to the injury.

In 2021, he retuned to the Mets for starts on September 28th and October 3 and in each he tossed just an inning. Then on November 3, 2021, Syndergaard elected to become a free agent.

On November 16, 2021, Syndergaard was given life as the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a free agent contract. He started 15 games, posting a 5-8 record, with a 3.83 ERA, then was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies on August 2, 2022, for CF Mickey Moniak and RF Jadiel Sanchez.

Syndergaard started nine of 10 games for the Phillies, and posted a 5-2 record, with a 4.12 ERA, and 31 strikeouts through 54.2 innings. He appeared in two games (1 start) in the NLDS and gave up a run on four hits through four innings. In the NLCS, he came out of the pen in a game and allowed two hits in 1.1 innings, while not allowing a run. The Phillies rewarded Syndergaard with a start in the World Series, just the second of his career, and he allowed two runs on three hits, in three innings and took the loss.

After the season, Syndergaard once again elected for free agency, and the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him to a free agent contract on December 16, 2022.

So far this season, and prior to the trade with the Guardians, Syndergaard was 1-4, with a 7.16 ERA through 12 starts, spanning 55.1 innings. He went on the DL on June 8, with a right index-finger blister and as of July 15th, was on a rehab assignment with the Triple A Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The Dodgers in return pick up another ex-Met in Rosario, who has spent been with Cleveland since 2021. This year he was batting .265, with 19 doubles, six triples, three home runs, 22 walks and nine stolen bases.




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