The winner of the National League Division Series between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants could very well determine this year's World Series champion. This year's MLB playoff field is as difficult to handicap as any, but these are two of the most complete teams in the field.
The Reds dominated the NL Central this season, even with 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto missing 51 games with a left knee injury. They finished nine games ahead of the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and trailed the Washington Nationals by only one game for the best record in baseball.
The Giants faced a little more adversity on their way to the NL West title. San Francisco still managed to overcome Melky Cabrera's suspension and Tim Lincecum's curious season to win the division by eight games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Reds are Vegas' favorite to represent the National League in this year's World Series at 4-1 odds to win it all. But the Giants have a corps of players left from their 2010 title team that are hungry to make it back to the Fall Classic.
Ahead of tonight's Game 1 at San Francisco's AT&T Park, here's a look at each team's lineup, pitching staff and the intangibles that will determine who advances to the National League Championship Series.