Thursday, August 29, 2013

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode 53 - Puig, Kershaw, Nolasco, Seager, Urias

On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) and I talk about all things Dodgers as they march toward the National West Division title after an unexpected, unscheduled week off (thanks, Jared).

Ricky Nolasco was fantastic on Wednesday and has been flat-out great in his last two starts. Looks like that trade is working out pretty well for the Dodgers thus far.

Yasiel Puig has been the focus of the media for the last couple of weeks, capping it off with a (justified) benching by Don Mattingly yesterday. Jared and I talk about this for an extended period of time.

Clayton Kershaw had a decent start on Tuesday, but the Dodgers still lost. He wasn't as sharp as usual, but his ERA technically went down after giving up one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. He'll be just fine.

I'm going to Southern California this weekend. I'll be in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night and at Dodger Stadium Sunday. It looks like Matt Kemp will be with the Quakes while I'm there. I was going to Rancho to see Corey Seager, but getting to see Kemp is quite the treat.

Seager has struggled since his promotion to High-A. It's nothing to be concerned about, though. He's 19.

Speaking of youngsters, Julio Urias, 17, made his final home start of the regular season on Wednesday. He could end his debut season with a 2.48 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 7.3 H/9, 2.7 BB/9, 11.1 K/9, 4.19 K/BB. Dayum.

We finish up with some listener questions. There were tons of them and they were awesome. Please, please, please keep them coming.

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