Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 205 – All-Star, Puig, Bellinger cycle, Wood, Buehler

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I are here to revel in the greatness that is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

If you missed last week’s episode (there was no post here because of the host change), you can listen to it here.

The Dodgers sent six players to the All-Star Game. Five of them participated, none of them did all that well (Kenley Jansen was the best of the five). Alex Wood was fine, Justin Turner played sparingly, Corey Seager grounded into a double play and Cody Bellinger struck out to end the game. I was just waiting for real baseball to start again.

Yasiel Puig is a dinger machine. He has 18 on the season and won the game on Friday night with a 3-run dong off AJ Ramos. If we aren’t getting 2013-14 Puig, I like this power-hitting, elite defender version of Yasiel a lot.

Bellinger hit for the cycle! He was the first Dodger rookie to do so and just the third in LA Dodger history (Orlando Hudson, 2009; Wes Parker, 1970). Turns out this rook is pretty good.

Wood is still good. He’s slowly becoming an ace and a legitimate No. 2 to Clayton Kershaw‘s No. 1.

The Nationals made a big splash on the trade market by acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Doolittle is a guy I wanted, but it wasn’t meant to be. Onto the next (Zach Britton?). Oh, and the Cubs got Jose Quintana, which should help their season-long woes.

On the farm, Jared and I both released midseason top prospect updates. Our Top 10s have the same players, but the order is slightly different. It was pretty remarkable when revealing it. Walker Buehler is dominating and was promoted to Triple-A. There is smoke to the fire in regards to his being called up to pitch out of the bullpen. I’m not a fan of it, honestly. The Triple-A All-Star Game happened, and Willie Calhoun hit two doubles. That was about the only highlight. Starling Heredia is destroying the ball in Ogden and promises to be everyone’s new prospect darling based strictly on his stat line. Ronny Brito, signed at the same time as Heredia, was promoted to Ogden. He’s one of my favorites.

To close, a strong Q&A session. We enjoy the questions, so 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.