The National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals heads out to the West Coast on Monday night for Game 3, with the Cardinals holding a 2-0 lead over the hometown Dodgers.
St. Louis took care of business against Los Angeles' two best pitchers, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, and send its staff ace, Adam Wainwright, to the hill on Monday night to face off against Dodgers rookie Hyun-jin Ryu, who struggled in his first taste of postseason action against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
A win by the Cardinals would all but put the series away, but the Dodgers can make things incredibly interesting by emerging victorious at home.
Let's take a look at the keys for both teams heading into this pivotal playoff matchup.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.