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Are Dodgers Pitching Issues Fixable, Kershaw Injury Concerns, Lance Lynn Done, September Swoon | Blue Heaven Podcast

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We are going to be talking all about the Dodgers’ pitching this episode, and debating how big of a concern the potential postseason rotation will be.

We’ll quickly go over the latest on Julio Urias, before talking about Lance Lynn’s struggles and Clayton Kershaw’s injury concerns. Then, we’ll discuss which rookies could make an impact in October.

Do you think the Dodgers pitching issues are fixable? We’ll debate that on the show, and want your thoughts, too.

After that, we have to talk about the Dodgers’ rough start to September, and if there’s any concern about the teams struggles right now.

And finally, we have to say a special goodbye to our favorite producer, so make sure to join the show to give Kody some love for his last show.

This is a live show, so as always, we want your takes and thoughts on all these topics and more.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. Urias gone. Gonsolin gone. May. Gone
    KERSHAW hurting

    Miller ok rookie
    Pepiot. Ok. Rookie

    Lance lynn. Gives up waayyyyy too many home runs. Last 2 starts gave up
    8 runs n.9 runs. Wont work in playoffs

    Im concerned.

  2. I hope the Dodgers do well in the playoffs. Even though there appears to be major problems with the starting pitchers, I’m excited to see what the “young guns” can provide. However, I look at the starting eight players and see, at times, that at four positions there is a combined batting average of under .200 with a strikeout rate of about 30%. That means the Dodgers are giving away three innings every game of potential scoring. A team can survive the regular season because the rest of the lineup is really good. But, when they get to the playoffs and face very good teams every day, the “weak” lineup will be exposed.

    1. As it has been for the last 10 years! Nothing has really changed in that regard. Starting pitching is even in worse shape. World Series champions? I don’t think so!

  3. dog-hairs, you gave away bellinger, seager, the turners – bet you’d like to have them back now, you fkd up

    1. Clueless. I love Justin but he was a free agent i miss him but JD was really good.

      Hindsight on Belli. Where were you 9 months ago?

      Seaver was $330 mil we almost never sign Borros players Urias was gone no matter what

      It’s easy to be a Monday morning QB

      1. Good take. That being said, ownership’s continued strategy to invest in reclamation projects was eventually going to bite them in the butt when they desperately needed a decent starter. Think of who they might now have had they saved some cash for a good arm. Buehler was always unlikely to make it back this year; May certainly would not; Gonsolin looked horrible from the beginning of the season; and Urias was a longshot at best to return. With Kershaw no longer able to get through a year without injury, Friedman and nobody else could see the potential for the problem we have now? Even if they get Ohtani, he won’t be able to pitch in 2024.

  4. What’s the opinion on Nick Grasso? He’s the hardest thrower in the minors system at present. Sheehan didn’t look great today, so maybe they need to roll the dice on another rook that nobody has seen before.

    Also, I’ve tried to search for any unsigned arms that couldn’t cut free agent deals this year and are sitting. Do you know of anyone who could help? If so, what is the likelihood that player would clear waivers with every other team being able to grab him, except for the Braves (better record than L.A.)?

  5. I don’t know if there are any decent unsigned starters out there, but if there are I can’t imagine they would clear waivers and fall all the way to the Dodgers. If Nick Frasso (AAA) is healthy, maybe he’s someone to pull up as he can hit 100. One other thing is that the only Dodger pitcher that might make hitters uncomfortable is Joe Kelly. His fastball often tails inside and is coming at 98-99, so guys get happy feet. The Braves looked so very comfortable against us. You can’t have that. The Dodgers need to get creative and maybe get crazy in the postseason. If they play it as normal, I think they’re one and done.

  6. Before the season started, I did not think LA would win the division. I was wrong. When you look at our decimated pitching staff now, I am not quite sure how we could beat the Braves, or anyone else to advance to the World Series. We shall see what happens. Anything is possible. My expectations for the post season this year are extremely low, unlike last years gut punching.

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