Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Keys to Each Team Taking NLDS Game 5

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Keys to Each Team Taking NLDS Game 5
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This is it. It's Game 5 of the NLDS. The winner goes on to face the Dodgers in the NLCS, while the loser goes home wondering what might have been.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates have been locked in a tight battle, as the Cardinals have scored 15 runs compared to the Pirates' 14.

There's no doubt Game 5 will be tight and that both managers will be pulling out all the stops.

St. Louis is sending Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94 ERA) to the hill, while the Pirates will counter with Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22 ERA). Wainwright was dominant in a Game 1 win, while Cole was the same in Game 2.

So, who will come out on top?

While we're not sure of that yet, here are a few keys for each team to ensure they come out of Wednesday's game with a win.

 

Note: All stats obtained from baseball-reference.com, unless otherwise noted.

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