Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 153 – Puig, Maeda, Grandal, bullpen

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I try to enlighten the listeners with our witty banter and baseball “knowledge.”

Yasiel Puig showed again why he’s one of the most dynamic players in the game today. His throw on Friday night was remarkable, and he made a nice play in right field on Sunday, too.

Kenta Maeda has been better than advertised so far. He threw 5 1/3 hitless innings in his first Coors Field start. He adjusted by throwing more fastballs and changeups and fewer sliders and curveballs.

Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal are good at hitting the baseball. Grandal’s return to the lineup has already been felt in his first couple weeks of action.

Disclaimer: This portion of the podcast was recorded before the Dodgers’ bullpen went crazy on Sunday in Colorado.

The bullpen has been pitching quite well of late, even if there have been a few hiccups. Still not sure why Kenley Jansen hasn’t been more of a priority for the front office. Pedro Baez is still P Bad and Chris Hatcher is frustrating.

On the minor-league side, Julio Urias bounced back from a shaky outing, Cody Bellinger is rehabbing in Arizona, Yadier Alvarez is also at Camelback Ranch hitting 97 MPH and Yusniel Diaz seemed to be getting on track … before ending up on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.

To close, we have a solid Q&A session. Please keep the questions coming.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.