Dodgers Nation: Blue Heaven Podcast show

Dodgers Nation: Blue Heaven Podcast

Summary: Join your Blue Heaven Podcast hosts, Clint Pasillas and Brook Smith, as they talk about this week in Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball. We use our 850,000 fans from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook to gain insight on what the fans are thinking and do our best to represent all perspectives in the Dodgers Community. Look out for special interviews with other bloggers, celebrities, players and more, along with giveaways for the best fans on earth!

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 Episode 221 – Padres Trash Talk plus Series Preview, Dodgers City Connect Unis, & More | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3634

The Dodgers get the job done during a 6-1 homestand that not only pulled them closer to the top in the division race, but also helped answer some potential postseason questions, particularly in the bullpen. Mainly, it proved that Alex Vesia has mostly transitioned himself from a J.A.G. to a dude in the backend of the 'pen. Trea Turner has been an absolute difference maker for LA, proving that this team really does need that true catalyst at the top of lineup. Plus love for Corey Seager, Brusdar Graterol, AJ Pollock, and even Kenley Jansen along with a bit of worry with Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and Will Smith. Getting into Padres talk, the guys first ponder the question, which wild card team would we prefer to face if the path to October came down to that? San Diego or the Cincinnati Reds? Diving into the show Pads, we enjoy a chuckle over their misfortune since sweeping the Dodgers back in June. Also, will the Dodgers do that thing they do where they play poorly against the Padres? We discuss. We also share our thoughts about the city connect uniforms, talk about Dodgers Nation's annual staff game at the Stadium (featuring drunk Brook), and deliver the weekly softball team update. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 220 – Life Without Mookie, McKinney Lives, Wild Matt Beaty Theories, Wild Card Bound? | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3464

The Dodgers go 5-1 on the road trip but unearth some question marks... Should we start planning on life without Mookie Betts in 2021? What is Dave Robert's obsession with Billy McKinney? Will the defense fail at the worst possible time this season? Along the way, we discuss some of our theories involving Doc's relationship with Matt Beaty and wonder why it seriously seems like he's perpetually in the doghouse. Next, with 44 games left (as of pre-game on Monday), are the Dodgers running out of time to catch the very real Giants for that 9th straight NL West crown? Clint and Brook argue over the final outcome of this season and whether it's time to accept that a Wild Card berth is ok. Plus looking ahead to the series with the Pirates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 219 – The Revolving Door of Relievers, Kershaw's Scare, a Test in Philly & More | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4230

The Dodgers begin a massive stretch of games by heading to Philly to face the red hot Phillies. But first, the is a whole bunch of roster housekeeping to account for. First, the revolving door of relievers brought two new pitchers into the fold for LA while injures clipped three. Plus, we witness the start of the Trea Turner era and absolutely love his ability as a game changer. Jimmy Nelson is out for the year after blowing out his elbow and that immediately got us worried about the ace, Clayton Kershaw. Kersh is sidelined with elbow/forearm discomfort and his placement on the 60-day IL got Dodger fans rattled. We discuss Clayton's status and hear from the GOAT himself. Cody Bellinger is bouncing back since we threatened him with our all-powerful "let him play or AAA" game and Alex Vesia is showing that he's a whole new man since his stint in the minors. We also talk biggest concerns for the stretch run and look ahead at the Phillies series that truly will be a big test for the Dodgers. All this and more on another jampacked episode of Blue Heaven! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 218 – Recapping a Wild Series with Houston, Max Shoves, Kershaw Has us Worried | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4043

The cheating Astros came and went in Los Angeles, giving Dodgers fans their first opportunity to really show some love since the sign stealing scandal broke early in 2020. We look back at the series and discuss whether it's now finally time to start moving on or very much not. In more important Dodgers news, Max Scherzer absolutely shoved for 7 innings in his debut at Dodger Stadium. As much fun as that was, it also provided a reminder that the LA roster is very much hurting. With Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin sidelined with injury, Scherzer became a need more than a want. Plus what does phormer Philly Cole Hamels bring to the table for the Dodgers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 217 – Trashtros Series Preview, Bellinger Odd Man Out, Seager/Turner Conundrum | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4542

The Houston Astros are coming to Los Angeles and all hell is about to break loose at Dodger Stadium. With fans in the stands for the first time since the news broke that the Astros cheated during the 2017 World Series, we wonder how many fights might break out at the ballpark. Beyond the frivolous topics of fans and booing and fighting, the Dodgers have a lot to prove in this series. Namely, can they beat good teams? LA's season record of 21-24 against teams with winning records brings that question into focus. Next, Clayton Kershaw's return is now up in the air after he missed a planned simulated game on Sunday. Should we be concerned? And reliever Corey Knebel is on the mend and looking to be a big part of this bullpen in October. But the big one... the elephant in the room... When Trea Turner joins the Dodgers off the injured list, what does it mean for Cody Bellinger? Plus, does the trade for Turner reduce the chances that Corey Seager re-signs with LA in the offseason? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 216 – The Dodgers Win the Trade Deadline? Reacting to Scherzer, Turner, Duffy in LA | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4036

The rumors, the rumblings, the sources have it! According to reports, the Dodgers swoop in under the Padres and swing a trade for three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner. The deal sends four LA prospects to Washington, including Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray. We break down and react to the deal and share our thoughts on the outbound talent that includes a friend of the show. Beyond Max and Trea, the Dodgers swung another deal that became official when they plucked injured left-hander Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later. With these moves come questions: Where does Turner play? Where does he hit? How does Duffy fit in to the pitching staff? Are the Dodgers done? Next, we touch on the ugly series in San Francisco and Brook rants about Cody Bellinger's hall pass among Dodger fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 215 – All the Trade Rumors, All the Injury Updates, A Giants Series Preview & More | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3651

It's the week of the MLB trade deadline and rumors are starting to heat up for the Dodgers. We take a dive into every name big and small that has been linked to LA and give our takes on whether or not they could actually happen. Much of the focus has been on improving the starting rotation, but when you look around this team, there might be a whole lot more help needed. Case in point, the bench depth options are so bad, the team opted to play a man down for nearly a week rather than call up a Triple-A role player. We also take a look into Zach McKinstry's struggles since returning from the injured list and wonder if some extra seasoning in the minor leagues could help the young utility man. Plus, we touch on some trade options that would absolutely improve the bench. Finally, we look ahead to the series with the Giants, the most important series of the season... this week. Play the new DN Chancer game for a chance to win a $200 Fanatics gift card! Download the app or play online for free now! Visit chancerhq.com/dodgers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 214 – Booing Kenley Jansen, a Kimbrel Trade, Bauer Thoughts | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3812

The series against the Giants has not gone well for the Dodgers. Losing 2 of the first 3 games, seemingly everything that can go is going wrong. The biggest examples being that Mookie Betts has sat out the series with an untimely injury, and Kenley Jansen blew his biggest save of the season. That latter problem lead to the LA closer getting booed off the field and once again sparking debate about whether or not that's cool or not. We discuss the boo birds flying at Dodger Stadium and take opinions from the live stream audience. Next, Jansen's blown save also sparked conversation about whether the Dodgers should look to make a move to solidify the backend of the bullpen. The biggest name on the trade market is, of course, Cubs star closer Craig Kimbrel (which isn't overly likely to happen). Plus comments from Andrew Friedman have us questioning what the club may be thinking about the status of embattled starter Trevor Bauer. Finally, we share some thoughts on the Yermin Mercedes situation and trash Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 213 – Dodgers Defensive Struggles, Bellinger Issues, A Trade Deadline Outlook, & More | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4745

The Dodgers just miss out on sweeping the Rockies in Colorado. That lone loss, however, exposed a few recurring concerns with this 2021 version of the team. Defensive issues lead the way, but there are some bullpen issues and Cody Bellinger issues mixed in there. Joined by our friend Doug McKain, we dive into the biggest questions on our minds heading into a huge series with the division leading Giants.  In greater Dodgers news, things were busy on Monday with Mookie Betts being scratched, Gavin Lux hitting the injured list for what sounds like a while, and some other moves and notes. We look at what's on the horizon roster wise with Corey Seager, Josiah Gray, Jimmy Nelson and more. Getting deeper into the Giants series, we talk about how real San Francisco is and how Farhan Zaidi likely built something he didn't expect with this team. Finally, some trade deadline outlook where we discuss whether or not we think the Dodgers will actually make a big move before July 30th, or something less bold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 212 – First Half Grades, New App, Lux in Trouble, and More | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4646

The unofficial first half of the season has come and gone and, all things considered, things turned out fairly OK for the Dodgers. Again, all things considered... They lost several key players for long stretches of time and worked around some underperformance to still pull it together and have the second best record in baseball. But first, we talk about our new Dodgers Nation fan app that we really, really hope you enjoy! Plus, the Dodgers have an upcoming roster crunch that you probably haven't really thought about until we bring it up and it could leave Gavin Lux in a precarious spot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 211 – Dodgers Pitching Staff Hanging on by a Thread | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3455

With Clayton Kershaw now hitting the injured list, the Dodgers are down to three healthy starters. With 70+ games left in the season, that's a problem. We dive into the deepened rotation woes while realizing our divine cosmic powers as a podcast. Last Thursday, we praised Kershaw's health in 2021, calling it one of the surprises of the season so far. One week later, he hit the IL with a forearm issue. With the help of Dave Roberts, we determine the severity of Clayton's injury. Next, with another starter out of the rotation, the Dodgers are left with no choice other than to listen to us again... Dave Roberts begrudgingly revealed that David Price will be eased into the starting rotation. With that, the bullpen loses a versatile arm. And with guys like Edwin Uceta, Mitch White, and Alex Vesia proving they can't be relied on at the big league level, it may be time to really start digging into the trade market. Prognosticating on some trades, Clint and Brook each present one hypothetical trade package that the team could make within the next few weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 210 – Snubs, Worries in the Rotation, and the Nightengale Curse | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3708

A weird weekend in DC caught up to the Dodgers on Monday. After winning 9 straight, the boys in blue finally lose a game to the lowly Marlins by a final of 5-4. While it's easy to point to the bad lineup Dave Roberts rolled out on Monday, or the rough bullpen choices, or the less-than-great defense the team has been playing of late, there's only one true answer as to why they lost. The Bob Nightengale curse. Friend of the show Bob tweeted something about the streak LA has been on since being no hit by the Cubs, and 9 hours later, they fell for the first time in July. Beyond the single game, the Dodgers have a bigger issue looming. With Trevor Bauer likely out of the rotation for the foreseeable future, there's another pitching issue on our doorstep. We discuss the internal options of prospects Josiah Gray and Ryan Pepiot, seeing where they're at. But we also wonder aloud why Dave Roberts is so reluctant to move 2021 AL Cy Young award winner David Price into the rotation. Next, we look at external options on the trade market and remind fans to exercise caution when looking at one-year wonders. After a quick giveaway plug, we dive into the flawed MLB All-Star voting process and slam baseball for the snubs of Walker Buehler and Kenley Jansen. Finally, we play with the new Chancer app and make some predictions for the upcoming final series of the first half against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 209 – The Trevor Bauer Situation, First Half Surprises and More | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3068

This episode sucked the life out of us by the end of it. You don't even read these summaries anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 208 – Tim Neverett Talks About the Dodgers' Pandemic Title and His New Book | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4354

Dodgers play-by-play man Tim Neverett joins us in studio to talk about the team and his new book about the 2020 championship season for Los Angeles. First, we look back at a much needed series win against the Chicago Cubs that featured former Dodger and friend of the show Joc Pederson returning to LA for the first time, and a vintage performance from Clayton Kershaw. Coming off a sweep and being no hit, taking three in a row was clutch. Next, we start diving into some of the topics covered in Tim's upcoming book titled "Covid Curveball: An Inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season". Tim chats about deciding to write to the book, challenges working during MLB's pandemic season, and praises the foreward written by Orel Hershiser for his book. We also touch on Tim's career and his secret, championship power. Plus he shares his thoughts on the state of relations between MLB and the player's union as it heads toward a potential lockout. Finally, we look at the series with the rival Giants. Pre-order Tim's new book -- https://amzn.to/362iKr0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Episode 207 – Dodgers Embarrassed in San Diego and Missing Intensity | Blue Heaven Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3306

The Dodgers were flat out embarrassed by the Padres in San Diego and we've got to talk about it. The boys in blue were beat in every facet of the game this week. It was clear that one team wanted to win this series... And it wasn't the Dodgers.  We talk about the perceived lack of intensity from the LA side of the rivalry and welcome ESPN's Buster Olney to chat about where the Dodgers are at coming off that sweep and examine trade possibilities Plus, Buster dives into the latest with MLB's sticky stuff enforcement and what it could mean for the future of baseball this winter with an expiring Collective Bargaining Agreement. Next for this week's throwback Thursday segment, presented by Vintage Brand, we look back at some of our favorite Joc Pederson moments from 8 seasons in Dodger blue. Joc and Cubs are in Los Angeles for 4 games this weekend. Visit VintageBrand.com and sign up for their newsletter to save 40% on your first order! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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