Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 155 – Kershaw, Fien, Ryu, Urias, De Leon

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I fawn over Clayton Kershaw, which isn’t uncommon for us on this podcast.

Kershaw was great in San Diego and Toronto. He’s been so good for so long that he is often overlooked by the shiny new toy or flavor of the month. He’s a generational pitcher, folks.

Don’t look now, but Joc Pederson is good again. At the time of the recording, he had a 145 wRC+ (up to 149 now). That’s great. He’s going to strikeout — a lot — but that’s just the kind of hitter he is. He’ll never be a high BABIP/contact, low strikeout guy. And that’s OK.

The Dodgers picked up a bullpen arm in Casey Fien. He seems OK (and Daniel wrote a great post about him earlier today).

Mike Bolsinger has started his rehab assignment, while Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu could be going out in a week or two. Bolsinger could come back in the role Joe Blanton was originally signed to fill, seeing as Blanton is now a late-inning reliever in this bullpen (for now). McCarthy and Ryu still might be six weeks away.

Julio Urias threw six no-hit innings his last time out. Jared and I talk for a long awhile about Urias, with a lot of it centering on whether he’ll be recalled and just how the Dodgers are handling his development (coddle, coddle, coddle).

Despite not having his best command, Jose De Leon‘s Triple-A debut was strong (5 IP, 2 H, 9 K). He should be up some point this summer. Brock Stewart is doing great and is inflating Jared’s ego, seeing as he chose him as a breakout prospect. Yaisel Sierra has struggled in his first two pro starts. It’d be wise to give it a little time before calling him a bust.

To close, a good Q&A session despite recording on a Saturday evening (yeah, we lead exciting lives).

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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.