Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 214 – Wins, strong SP, Bellinger, Puig, Raptors

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared is back after a week off. We talk about the Dodgers winning, which has been a foreign concept of late.

Despite a silly game on Monday in San Francisco, the Dodgers still took two of three from the Giants and got a solid performance out of Clayton Kershaw and a better one out of Yu Darvish — the latter of which was most encouraging.

We recorded before the Sunday night game, but the Dodgers had already won that series by taking the first two games behind strong performances from Alex Wood and Rich Hill. It’s amazing how much easier baseball is when the starting pitchers are good and doing their job.

Cody Bellinger had himself a week. He hit his 37th and 38th home runs of the season. His 38th tied him with Wally Berger and Frank Robinson for the record by a National League rookie. He’s going to get to 40 after missing, effectively, a month of the season. Amazing.

Yasiel Puig is also still hitting, and hitting for power. He’s had an underrated season at the plate, but he has established himself as one of the game’s best right fielders. The defensive metrics like Mookie Betts better (better than any other defender in baseball), but I’ll still take Puig as my right fielder.

On the farm, the Tulsa Drillers (Texas League) and Ogden Raptors (Pioneer Rookie League) both played championship-deciding games of their respective leagues. The games ended after we recorded, but if you hadn’t heard, the Drillers lost 1-0 behind a strong performance by Dennis Santana and the Raptors won 8-3 to capture the Pioneer League championship. The Drillers’ loss stings because they held a 2-0 series lead and could muster just three runs over the next three games (and they all came in one game). Still, both teams had excellent seasons.

We end with a 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.