Episode No. 2 of "Dugout Blues" is now live. Jared Massey and I talk about the Dodgers' opening week, the contract extensions of Joey Votto and Matt Cain and how they impact the Dodgers and the minor league teams.
We talk about Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier getting off to a fast start, Chad Billingsley's dominant performance and Dee Gordon's great game. There's even a mention of A.J. Ellis and his insane on-base skills.
We discuss Votto and Cain's deals and how they were two guys the Dodgers could have gone after via trade or free agency. However, that's obviously no longer an option.
We also look at Zach Lee's fantastic California League debut, the offensive spectacle that is the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Loons' struggles at the plate and with injuries.
And listen for the great Jett/Jeff Bandy debate -- definitely the highlight of the episode.
The next episode will be up on Monday.
Kemp was named the National League Player of the Week. He went 7-for-17 (.412) with two home runs and eight RBI. The first of many this season, hopefully.