The St. Louis Cardinals will once again attempt to eliminate the Los Angeles Dodgers from the 2013 NLCS in Friday night's Game 6 from Busch Stadium.
While we know the Game 6 basics—Michael Wacha and Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Mike Matheny and Don Mattingly in the dugout—which specific keys will be most critical for each team?
There has seldom been a dull moment in this matchup of division winners. Each of the series' five games has been decided by three runs or fewer, and we've witnessed heroics from players of various experience levels.
ESPN Stats & Info notes that the Dodgers have never won a game in St. Louis in an NLCS. Meanwhile, the Red Birds choked away 3-1 NLCS leads in both 1996 and 2012, the only two previous times that they've been in that situation.
Yay, small sample sizes!
Using slightly more significant data, we'll identify the factors that will ultimately determine the outcome.
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