On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I exhale as the regular season comes to an end. Now, the real fun begins.
The Dodgers won 104 games. That’s good. As weird as it seems, folks might be under-estimating this squad because of the last month of games. Never mind they played at a record-setting clip for 4 1/2 months, baseball has always been a “What have you done for me lately?” kind of game. We’ll see what happens in the next (hopefully) month of action. We also name our team MVPs, and it could be any combination of the four players discussed — Cody Bellinger (this is me, Jared’s pick is different because he’s dumb), Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner (and should have been five or even six with Clayton Kershaw and/or Kenley Jansen).
The NLDS roster is going to be interesting. There are plenty of locks, but the last bench spot and the last couple bullpen spots are still up for grabs. Jared and I give our predictions as to which players will make the cut. Will Hyun-Jin Ryu make it? Will Alex Wood be in the rotation? What about … Tim Locastro?! Also, are you ready for some Pedro Baez?!
We spend quite a bit of time talking about Baseball America’s California League Top 20 prospects list. The Dodgers placed five players, including four in the Top 10 — Yadier Alvarez (7), Yusniel Diaz (8), DJ Peters (10), Keibert Ruiz (5) and Will Smith (17). One pretty glaring omission was Dennis Santana. This is probably the best part of the episode.
We close with a strong Q&A ahead of the postseason. Keep them coming.
We’re going to record after every home series (within a 5- or 7-game series) and/or end of series — i.e., after the first two games in the DS, the second two games of the DS, middle three games of the LCS, etc. — because Jared just loves to be difficult.
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