What Each ALCS, NLCS Team Must Do to Finish off 2013 World Series Run

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What Each ALCS, NLCS Team Must Do to Finish off 2013 World Series Run
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With two games now in the books in both the ALCS and NLCS, we are rapidly approaching the 2013 World Series, but there is still a lot of baseball to be played in each of the championship series.

In the National League, the Cardinals squeaked out a 3-2 win in 13 innings in Game 1 of their series with the Dodgers. In Game 2, 22-year-old Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a 1-0 victory. The series shifts to Los Angeles on Monday night for what will be a must-win Game 3 for the Dodgers.

Over in the American League, the Tigers one-hit the Red Sox for a 1-0 victory of their own in Game 1 of that series. In Game 2, Tigers ace Max Scherzer threw 5.2 hitless innings, but the Red Sox came back, thanks to a game-tying grand slam from David Ortiz in the eighth inning. That set up Jarrod Saltalamacchia to be the hero with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory.

Looking ahead to Game 3 in each series and beyond, each team has a handful of things it needs to do if it wants to cap off its 2013 postseason run with a World Series title.

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