NLCS 2013: L.A. Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Position by Position Breakdown

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NLCS 2013: L.A. Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Position by Position Breakdown
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When you get right down to it, the National League Championship Series that could provide the most drama is the one we will get when the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals meet starting on Friday at Busch Stadium. 

The Dodgers have spent a truckload of money in the last 16 months for the purpose of getting to this spot. It also helps that they have the best pitcher in the sport on their side, who can make up for any flaws there might otherwise be. 

The Cardinals remain the best and most consistent franchise in baseball. This is their third consecutive appearance in the NLCS, though they have done it this year thanks in large part to tapping into that incredible farm system. Rookies like Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez have been as important to this team as anyone. 

You want to see the two best teams battle it out for the right to play in the World Series, which is what we get to see. But which team holds the edge? Will the Dodgers make their first trip to the Fall Classic since 1988? Are the Cardinals going to capture their second NL pennant in the last three years?

Here is our full breakdown of both rosters heading into the NLCS. 

 

Note: Rosters courtesy of Dodgers and Cardinals official websites. All stats via Fangraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. 

 

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