Bullpen Breakdown, and the Weird Series in Philly w/Rick Krajewski | Kenley, Kelly, and the Lack of Relief – Episode 67 | Blue Heaven Podcast

Joined by one of our best friends of the show, Dodgers stat man Rick Krajewski.

Clint and Brook welcome Dodgers stats man Rick Krajewski back to the show as we chat about the struggle bus LA bullpen, and enjoy the Yeli v Belli NL MVP blood bath.

Also on today’s show:

  • The weird Philly series
  • Defensive issues with Pollock over Verdugo
  • MLB Trade SZN updates
  • Rick’s personal first half highlights


The Dodgers are 4-3 since the All-Star break after splitting a weird series in Philly. The bullpen busted out all of their greatest hits when it comes to struggling as the boys in blue limp back home.

Plus we look at “plunk SZN” as the team got hit by a lot of pitches, and the loss of utility man Chris Taylor for the foreseeable future.

We dig into some of the numbers surrounding the bullpen and wonder if Kenley Jansen can remodel his game after hall of famer Mariano Rivera later into his career. Plus, Joe Kelly has been better of late, but still not 100% ready for prime time.

Corey Seager’s post-IL slump is dispelled by Rick using the power of stats, and everyone has praise for future friend of the show Gavin Lux after a huge day in triple-A.

The argument is made that Alex Verdugo should be in center over AJ Pollock, and that he should play every day (even with AJ hitting well).

The Fun Stuff

Next we look into how great the “Yeli vs Belli Blood Bath battle for NL MVP” is for baseball, and equate it to another great battle between superstars in MLB history. Clint argues that Bellinger has the edge thanks to his softball player pre-game cocktail.

And finally, we give the floor to Rick as he regales us with his first half highlights, including Hyun-Jin Ryu, an 8 home run opening day, and Orel Hershiser.

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In case you missed it, we had Ross Stripling in studio with us recently!

Get to Know Dodgers Pitcher Ross Stripling – The One With Ross Stripling | Episode 62 | Blue Heaven Podcast

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.


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