2012 NLDS: Who Has the Edge in Nationals vs. Cardinals Game 5?

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2012 NLDS: Who Has the Edge in Nationals vs. Cardinals Game 5?
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A race to the NLCS between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals comes down to the final step in Friday's decisive Game 5.

A walk-off home run by Jayson Werth sent the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals into a Game 5 elimination set for Friday night.

The winner faces the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS after their historic comeback from an 0-2 deficit against the Cincinnati Reds—the first National League team ever to do so in a five-game divisional series. The loser goes home for the winter.

So far, St. Louis has kept true to its traditional form. The Cardinals again lost Game 1 before rallying back into contention. Both wins came via blowouts. Both losses came in tight, one-run games. Nothing here is new.

The series was pitched as experience versus new power—the gritty old veterans against the young upstarts. Game 5 will be no different.

Here's a full breakdown of the elimination battle between the defending World Champions and their ambitious challengers.

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