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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Crucial X-Factors for the 2013 NLCS
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The NLCS matchup is officially set, as the St. Louis Cardinals eliminated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night and will now meet up with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a chance to play in the World Series.

That series begins on Friday in St. Louis and promises to be a good, as both teams had their fair share of clutch performers in the NLDS round.

Looking beyond the obvious contributors for each team, here is a look at some guys who could wind up being the X-factor in the NLCS, whether it is a struggling star, an injured player looking to make an impact or a second-tier player capable of stepping up on the biggest of stages.

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