Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' episode 54 - Kershaw, Kemp, Young, Ethier, more

On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) and I talk about Clayton Kershaw's "struggles." He did struggle in his last start, but it was in Coors Field, so it's to be expected.

Matt Kemp's rehab isn't going well, which I wrote about on Tuesday at Yahoo! Sports.

Michael Young and Edinson Volquez were acquired the for the stretch run, becuase the Dodgers absolutely needed two below-average players at their respective positions.

Andre Ethier has stepped up in the last couple of months. He's making a claim to remain with the team following the season.

Zack Greinke is doing Zack Greinke things. He's been flat-out dominant in his last 11 outings.

With a 13 1/2 game lead in the division, Don Mattingly is going to take the liberty of resting his regulars so they're ready come October. There's nothing wrong with that.

The Loons and Quakes begin their playoff series today. It'll be interesting to see how the Loons fare with Julio Urias shut down for the playoffs.

I recap my trip to Southern California. I saw the Quakes in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night and had the pleasure and honor of being in the press box at Dodger Stadium on Sunday -- an experience I won't soon forget. Also, a big thanks to True Blue LA's Eric Stephen for showing me the ropes. It made the experience that much better.

Finally, we get to listener questions. After some doubt, the folks came through with some good ones just before recording time. Keep it up.

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