Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 197 – Kershaw, Wood, rotation, Toles, Buehler

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I bring you the hottest of hot Dodger takes from the week. OK, not really.

The Dodgers swept the Pirates. That’s good. They split a 4-game series with the Rockies in Colorado. That’s also good. What a godforsaken place to play baseball.

Clayton Kershaw had a good start in Colorado. He’s still quite good at pitching baseballs. Who knew?

Someone who has been even better at pitching baseballs than Kershaw is Alex Wood. He’s the team leader in virtually every major pitching category. Turns out, he’s actually a good starting pitcher.

Rich Hill and Brandon McCarthy are due back this week, which means the rotation is about to be overbooked. Wood is staying, which isn’t good news for Hyun-Jin Ryu.

In some sad/bummer news: Andrew Toles tore his ACL trying to preserve Julio Urias‘ no-hit bid against Pittsburgh. He’s out for the season. That really sucks. It does, however, mean Cody Bellinger should get quite comfortable in left field.

On the farm, Walker Buehler made his Double-A debut. He was electric. While he’s not quite yet MLB-ready, his future looks incredibly bright. Alex Verdugo isn’t hitting for much power, but he does have an on-base percentage better than .400 in Triple-A. He has the pop and it will present itself, but the improved on-base skills are plenty encouraging. Yadier Alvarez followed Hill’s rehab outing and was good. He throws the easiest 100 MPH you’re gonna see.

To close, we have a lot of questions. We try to answer them. Please keep them coming.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a one-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, California, and has yet to be shot.