On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I try to make sense of all the losing the Dodgers did over the last week. It was a lot.
The offense was inexplicably horrific against the Marlins and Padres. Thank goodness for that Clayton Kershaw fella on Sunday.
Everyone is struggling, but none moreso than Howie Kendrick. He has been a different kind of bad this season. Justin Turner also hasn’t looked good since last season. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig‘s production has taken a nosedive. It has been pretty much a perfect storm of suck for the offense. The approach has been bad/non-existent, so that needs to change in a hurry.
Dee Gordon was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for two banned substances. We spend a lot more time on this than expected.
Cody Bellinger is off the minor-league disabled list after almost a month. Jose De Leon is set to make his 2016 debut (presumably) this week with Oklahoma City. Yusniel Diaz is back with Rancho Cucamonga, while Yaisel Sierra made his professional debut. He was … fine, I suppose. Not good, but not horrible, either.
Cuban right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez had a showcase, and the Dodgers were present. They’re among four teams seriously in contention for his services. His stuff has taken a step forward, and with time running out on this international signing period (June 15), this might be the Dodgers’ last hurrah for players who fall under the signing restrictions.
Finally, a Q&A session. Good one this week. Please keep the questions coming.
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