The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are playing a decisive Game 5 in their divisional series on Friday with the winner advancing to play the Giants. The Nats forced the fifth game after Jayson Werth hit a walk-off homer in Game 4.
But which team would San Francisco rather face? If you ask any of the players, coaches or executives, they'll take the high road and say it doesn't matter, "they're just happy to be there and are ready to face whomever they have to."
However, if the microphones and notebooks weren't around, the Giants would admit that they prefer to face the Nationals. The Nats are a much more favorable matchup in a best-of-seven series than the Cardinals would be.
Here are five reasons why the NL West champs likely hope the path to the World Series goes through Washington, D.C.