Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 196 – Bellinger, Kershaw, Gonzalez, Hill

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I record a day early, and it turns out we should have waited, because…

Cody Bellinger is a monster. As good as his first week in the majors was, his second week was even better, capped off by three home runs over the weekend in San Diego. Even when Adrian Gonzalez comes back, the Dodgers might need to find a way to keep him in the majors. That’s gonna be tricky.

Clayton Kershaw was bad against the Giants — something that doesn’t happen often. He bounced back a bit against the Padres, but got touched up late for another run. His slider has been inconsistent this season and the velo and movement have varied. He needs to focus on tightening it up to get back to his normal swinging strike rates.

Speaking of Gonzalez, he went on the 10-day disabled list for the first time in his career. It was painfully obvious he was trying to play through an injury, and I’m just glad he and/or the Dodger brass finally got him to take a seat.

Rich Hill‘s rehab game in Rancho Cucamonga was supposed to last four innings. It lasted two-thirds of an inning, but not because he re-aggravated his blister. Jared enlightens us as to why.

Walker Buehler was promoted to Double-A Tulsa (but has yet to pitch). Willie Calhoun is playing well in OKC and Edwin Rios is doing his best to prove he can hit outside of hitter-friendly environments, as he is hitting well in the Texas League.

We end with a strong Q&A session. Please keep them 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.