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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Keys to Winning NLCS Game 1
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Carpenter needs to break out of his playoff funk immediately for St. Louis to take the NLCS opener.

The St. Louis Cardinals will compete in the NLCS for a third straight year, as the 2013 edition begins on Friday night hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both division winners have well-rounded rosters, so the keys to a Game 1 victory are rooted in exploiting each other's subtle weaknesses.

During the regular season, the Dodgers and Cardinals faced off seven times. L.A. prevailed in four of those games, outscoring the Red Birds by a slim 30-27 margin.

In other words, these contenders are very evenly matched.

This series could go the distance, and obviously, whoever prevails in the opener will have a much easier path to the World Series.

 

*Stats provided by Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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