The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates seem to be relatively well-matched after the first two games of the NLDS. Each team has won a game by a decisive margin. In the game that each team won, their pitching looked excellent.
Even if we go back to the regular season, the results are rather evenly matched. Pittsburgh won the season series 10-9, but St. Louis did better overall and ultimately won the division.
Game 3 will obviously put one team within nine innings of moving on to the next round of the playoffs, so it is vitally important.
Here are three things that are vital to each team as they prepare for this decisive matchup.