Going into Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday (Oct. 17), the St. Louis Cardinals hold a 2-1 series lead over the San Francisco Giants.
With a Game 4 victory, the Cards could take control of the series with a 3-1 lead. But with Adam Wainwright struggling, that might provide an opportunity for the Giants to tie the NLCS at 2-2. However, no team has been able to put away the Cardinals over the past two postseasons.
Both clubs seem so evenly matched, with St. Louis arguably having a hitting advantage while the Giants have a seemingly stronger pitching staff. Each team also has prominent sluggers who haven't produced, which has allowed unexpected heroes to emerge. The starting rotations for both teams haven't performed up to expectations either, yet their respective bullpens have provided relief.
This NLCS has the look of a wrestling match in which neither team will give much ground. While the ALCS has been something of a snoozefest as the Detroit Tigers have dominated the New York Yankees, the National League will likely take some more time to determine its champion. That should provide some fun, dramatic moments for us to watch.
Here are five reasons why the Giants and Cardinals look destined for a seven-game series to decide who goes to the World Series.