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Podcast episode 2030: Dodgers wild card series review & NLDS preview

Brewers are dispatched, bring on the Padres

Dodgers and Brewers game one of wild card round Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

We recap the quick wild card series against the Brewers, including arguably the best postseason start of Clayton Kershaw’s career, and preview the potential epic NLDS against the Padres.

Also this week, Mookie Betts starts his Dodgers playoff career hot, and Dave Roberts continues to say Kenley Jansen is still his closer even when he’s not.

Send all of your questions, Dodgers-related or otherwise, to, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. A shout out as well to producer Brian Salvatore, who continues to make us sound somewhat professional.

Dodgers rewind

World Series: New York Yankees v Los Angeles Dodgers, October, 1981 Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

It was a rough week last week with three former Dodgers dying. Lou Johnson and Ron Perranoski passed away over the weekend, and Jay Johnstone died earlier last week.

Johnstone was known as a prankster, from trapping Tommy Lasorda in his room in spring training to dragging the infield with the grounds crew at Dodger Stadium before hitting a home run. He had a key role during the baseball sequence of The Naked Gun, too.

But Johnstone also played 20 years in the majors, including parts of four years (1980-82, 1985) with the Dodgers. He was 10-for-21 (.476) during the postseason in his career, including hitting a key home run in Game 4 of the 1981 World Series, part of a Dodgers comeback in both that game and the series itself.

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