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Podcast episode 2031: Down go the Padres, bring on the Braves

The NLDS is done, the NLCS is here

National League Division Series Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers v. San Diego Padres Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images

We’re back with another in-between series podcast episode, looking back at the Dodgers’ sweep of the Padres in the NLDS as well as a look ahead to an NLCS with the Braves, featuring the top two offenses in baseball.

The Dodgers only hit one home run in the NLDS but managed an excellent offensive series. There was also the Cody Bellinger catch, one of the most memorable in franchise history, plus Will Smith and Justin Turner setting records, and Kenley Jansen pitching his way out of the closer role.

All that plus a quick preview of the Braves and thoughts of potential roster changes for the NLCS.

Please send all of your questions to, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. Thanks as always to producer Brian Salvatore for all his stellar work behind the scenes, including the Questions from Craig jingle.

Dodgers rewind

With the Dodgers set to play the Braves in the NLCS, let’s look back at current Atlanta utility man Charlie Culberson, who played only two seasons with the Dodgers (2016-17) but left an indelible mark on the franchise.

Culberson is 2016 hit a walk-off home run to clinch the National League West, made more special that it was the last home game Vin Scully called in his legendary 67-year career.

In the 2017 postseason when Corey Seager was hurt during the NLCS, Culberson filled in admirably by starting three games at shortstop, and picking up an extra-base hit in each start. He also homered during the World Series, part of an 8-for-16 postseason.

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