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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Major Matchups in Game 1 of NLDS

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Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 5 Major Matchups in Game 1 of NLDS
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals make for an interesting matchup in the NLDS.

The Cardinals have 11 World Series titles to the Nationals' zero. St. Louis won it all last year; Washington, meanwhile, will be making its first playoff appearance since moving from Montreal.

Experience aside, the Nationals were the best team in the National League and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

They also boast one of the league's best pitching staffs, starting with Gio Gonzalez, the 21-game winner, who is a candidate for the Cy Young Award.

Ultimately, the game will come down to matchups.

Here are five matchups that will no doubt decide which team gets to walk away with a 1-0 lead.

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