NLCS 2011: 5 Key Aspects of Phillies-Cardinals Series Heading into Game 5

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NLCS 2011: 5 Key Aspects of Phillies-Cardinals Series Heading into Game 5
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While Phillies Nation (but hopefully, not the players) nervously await Friday night’s NLCS rubber game versus the Cardinals, MLB and more neutral fans must be celebrating the good fortune of three of the four division series heading to winner-take-all games.

Can baseball have drawn it up much better? It almost matches the insane drama of the last night of the regular season, featuring four climactic games being played almost simultaneously.

The drama and tension of the Phillies-Cardinals series is palpable. It’s hard to make complete sense of what has happened in the first four games (surprises have abounded, without even analyzing the baserunning skills of a certain, notorious squirrel), but is a Game 5 all that surprising?

I admit that I am a little surprised: I predicted the Phillies to win in four.  

What follows is my take on Five Key Aspects of the Phillies-Cardinals NLCS.

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