After defeating the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card Play-in Game, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have their first shot at a World Series in 20 years. Meanwhile, their NLDS opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, will look to repeat the success that they had in 2011, when they were crowned MLB champions.
Each of these teams has a number of talented players who have helped get them this far. Pittsburgh has advantages at some positions, while St. Louis has advantages at others.
The following will provide a position by position breakdown of these two teams. When looking at each of these players, 2013 performance, playoff experience and skill will be taken into consideration when determining who has the edge.