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Lets face it, as far as experience goes, the two teams facing off in this NLDS are lacking, as both are filled with youngsters and playoff virgins. However, each team has its share of playoff experience it will rely on to carry through their respective journeys.
In the Braves corner, most of the experience lies in the hands of the manager, the venerable Bobby Cox. The legendary coach has seen his share of legendary teams, which includes the team/teams that won the National League East 14 consecutive times from 1991 to 2005, a Major League record. In the 1990s, with Bobby Cox at the head, Braves pitchers won 6 Cy Young Awards, 6! The man has more experience in the playoffs then any manager still active, and will surely prepare his team properly.
However, the playoff experience of the players is extremely limited, as not a single starting position player past Derek Lee has any considerable playoff experience, if any.
The Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, does not have anywhere near the experience of Bobby Cox, but still has his fair share of postseason appearances to hang his hat on. The advantage comes when examining the Giants players.
It all comes down to two major players, Pat 'The Bat' Burrell and Juan Uribe. Both Burrell and Uribe can show you their respective World Series rings, as Burrell was an integral part of the Phillies' dominance and Uribe a part of the White Sox. Both were starters. Burrell reached the playoffs the year before as well with the Phillies, and the year after with the Rays. His postseason experience will help the younger players, but especially his college teammate Aubrey Huff, an integral part of the Giants' success.
Juan Uribe has always shown a penchant for hitting big home runs in big games, and his World Series experience will be valuable to the young infielders on the team, especially Pablo Sandoval, who the Giants hope to get hot.
While the biggest card rests in the hands of the Braves, the best hand belongs to the Giants.