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Podcast episode 2021: Fingers on the pulse

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A tale of two digits

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers-Workouts Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This week on the podcast we look back at a little more than a week’s worth of baseball, which was mostly very good for the Dodgers.

There were some things to contrast, like the cautious approach to the middle finger injury to Mookie Betts and the sudden reveal that Max Muncy’s ring finger was actually broken during summer camp, putting his early-season slump in a new light.

We had not one, but two Clayton Kershaw starts to discuss in this one, plus an appreciation of Chris Taylor’s throw last week in San Diego, and the (remote) call of the play by Joe Davis.

And we got Jacob’s live first reaction to seeing the “triple” by Kiké Hernandez hit in the general vicinity of Hunter Pence on Saturday.

Please send any and all podcast questions to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. Thanks as always to producer extraordinaire Brian Salvatore.

Dodgers rewind

Jayson Werth is on the docket this week, in part because he later became one of the few hitters to hit two home runs in a game against Kershaw. We look back at his productive yet injury-plagued years with the Dodgers and how he thrived even more after they let him go.

Also, the weirdness of the 2004 season included Paul DePodesta acquiring his two best outfielders that season — Werth and Milton Bradley — in the week before Opening Day.

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