Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 199 – Good week, Wood, McCarthy, Bellinger

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I recap a busy week of Dodger baseball.

The Dodgers won five of six games against the Cardinals and Cubs, and looked good while doing so. The only game they lost is when Rich Hill walked seven hitters in four innings. And in the Cubs’ series, the only pitcher to allow a run to the baby bears was, of course, Clayton Kershaw. Hill had a nice rebound outing against the Cardinals on Monday and Kershaw won’t get another shot at the Cubs until October.

Alex Wood has been incredible this season. So, it should be no surprise that he’s going on the 10-day disabled list. It doesn’t sound serious and he should be back after missing just one start.

Brandon McCarthy has also been great this season. He handled the Cubs over the weekend, but also had an MRI on his knee. He’s, apparently, fine and will make his next start.

The bullpen has been fantastic this season, led by Kenley Jansen, of course. But guys like Josh Fields and friend-of-the-show Ross Stripling have been quite good in their own right.

Cody Bellinger has cooled off in the last couple of weeks, but he hit a big home run against Jon Lester on Sunday and leads the team with 10. That was true at the time of the recording. He added another one on Monday to give him 11.

Joc Pederson has a concussion and there’s no definitive timetable for his return. That’s OK as it isn’t smart to rush any player back from a concussion.

On the farm, Walker Buehler is doing Walker Buehler things. He had his longest outing as a pro last week and is proving to be the team’s top prospect. Yadier Alvarez had an up-and-down week. One game he was good, the other he wasn’t. Such is the life of a pitcher. Kyle Farmer got a promotion to Triple-A and continued to hit well. We’ll see how long that lasts. DJ Peters had a good week power-wise, but he’s striking out at an alarming rate. We’ll see if he can tone that down going forward.

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