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The Lineup

The Lineup

The weekly podcast for True Blue LA, hosted by Eric Stephen and Jacob Burch, bringing you Dodgers news, analysis, humor, and more, including Questions from Craig Minami.

Place your Betts

We take stock of our various 2022 Dodgers bets (not Betts, except in some cases), and chronicle how much Craig Kimbrel’s stock has plummeted in the last week.

Who is the Dodgers MVP?

With two weeks remaining in the Dodgers’ season, we look back at contributions from various players and decide who should be the team’s Most Valuable Player, a choice that came down to Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman.

Guessing the Dodgers playoff roster

The Dodgers have clinched the NL West for a 9th time in 10 years, so we look ahead to the postseason and try to predict the playoff roster.

Wake me up when September ends

The Dodgers have finished off one of their best Augusts in franchise history, so we look ahead to September, when Clayton Kershaw and Miguel Vargas rejoin the team, and other injured pitchers looming. Plus, appreciating Dodgers-Mets and minor league baseball.

Podcast: Preparing for October and beyond

The Dodgers lost Walker Buehler to another Tommy John surgery, but in the meantime are still playing well. They locked up Max Muncy for 2023 with an option for 2024, and the offense looked great against a pair of Cy Young candidates

Who’s pitching for the Dodgers in October?

Walker Buehler is out for the year, Clayton Kershaw is on the injured list, but Dustin May is back in the rotation this week. Trying to piece together the Dodgers postseason pitching staff, including which of the rehabbing relievers will make their way back, too.

Remembering Vin Scully

Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully died at age 94, so we look back at what made him so special and reminisce on how he touched our lives and so many others during his astonishing 67-year career.

Dodgers fine tuning down the stretch

With a big lead in the division and a week before the trade deadline, the Dodgers are in a position to basically set themselves up for October.

The lineup: All-Star rosters, snubs, and memories

The All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium is almost here, and at least four Dodgers will play for the National League. We break down the roster, and also share our favorite All-Star memories from years past.

The Lineup: Captain gets a new contract, Taylor has foot fracture

Catching up on two weeks of Dodgers news, including injuries to Mookie Betts (who’s since returned), Chris Taylor, and Andrew Heaney. Plus, catcher Austin Barnes got a new contract extension through 2024.

The Lineup: Gonsolin’s ascension, Buehler’s injury

A recap of a rather weird week for the Dodgers, which included getting swept in San Francisco and Walker Buehler needing to miss three months with a flexor tendon strain. But Los Angeles is being kept afloat by the likes of Tony Gonsolin, and his resurgent season.

The Lineup: Guessing the middle 54 games

Now that the Dodgers season is one-third over, we take guesses at some performances for the middle 54 games of the 2022 campaign.

Podcast: Tales from the group chat

Looking back on the Dodgers May, plus injury updates. But the most important thing is the MLB-wide glorious distraction that is the Tommy Pham vs. Joc Pederson fantasy football kerfuffle.

Podcast: Pitching crunch coming?

The Dodgers are currently operating with four starting pitchers and a series of fill-ins while Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney rehab their injuries. What that means for the next few weeks, especially with active rosters reducing to a 13-pitcher limit beginning Monday.

Podcast: Wall-to-wall baseball

The Dodgers played their first home doubleheader in 23 years, part of four games in a 45-hour span. It was a weird week for Los Angeles, with a long losing streak followed by a long win streak, with two starting pitchers making major league debuts along the way.

Podcast: It’s all relative

A look at the Dodgers’ start to the season, which has their offense leading the majors in runs scored per game but still feeling like not everyone is clicking just yet.

Podcast: Scoring is down in MLB, Bauer suspended

Recapping April for the Dodgers, in which scoring was way down across MLB. Also, the Trevor Bauer situation moved closer to a resolution, with the pitcher getting suspended two years by MLB.

Podcast: Two big innings

The stacked Dodgers lineup hasn’t looked so hot through four games, outside of two big innings. We also wonder what’s up with Julio Urías and his decreased velocity.

Podcast: The MLB season is finally here

After an extended lockout and a shortened spring training, the 2022 Major League Baseball is finally upon us. We look at where the Dodgers are at heading into their first series of the year at Coors Field in Colorado.

Podcast: Craig Kimbrel traded to the Dodgers

The Dodgers traded outfielder AJ Pollock to the White Sox for closer Craig Kimbrel on the second-to-last day of spring training camp at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

Podcast: Guessing the Dodgers opening day roster

After about two weeks of spring training, we try to guess the 28 players who will be on the Dodgers opening day active roster.

Podcast: Freddie Freeman signs with the Dodgers

The Dodgers added first baseman Freddie Freeman, a five-time All-Star and former National League MVP, to an already potent lineup, signing Freeman to a six-year contract worth a reported $162 million.

Podcast: Baseball, and Clayton Kershaw, are back

MLB is back in business with a new labor deal and spring training already started. Clayton Kershaw re-signed on a one-year deal, and the Dodgers are reportedly in the mix for Freddie Freeman too.

Podcast: MLB delays the start of the season

MLB owners, who locked out the players, canceled the first week of regular season games after failing to reach agreement with players by an artificial owner-imposed deadline.

Podcast: Cartoon villainy

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball missing regular season games would be disastrous, but he and the owners haven’t acted like anyone with any sense of urgency in labor negotiations. Plus, more discouraging views of minor leaguers, and a Trevor Bauer update.

Podcast: The Dodgers DH draft

With the designated hitter likely coming to the National League in the next collective bargaining agreement, we try to guess which players will have the most plate appearances at DH for the Dodgers in 2022.

Podcast: Dodgers have a GM again

We kick off 2022 by catching up on MLB labor negotiations (hint: you haven’t missed much), look at Brandon Gomes getting promoted to general manager and other Dodgers front office hires, plus a brief look at the international signing period.

Podcast: Gil Hodges makes the Hall of Fame

Longtime Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges was elected to the Hall of Fame on his 35th try. Plus Dodgers minor league news, including the Rule 5 Draft and Triple-A Oklahoma City getting bought. Also, a pair of Dodgers coaches interviewed to be the Mets manager, Danny Duffy had surgery, and Yasiel Puig confidentially settled a pair of sexual assault allegations in 2017.

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