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A capsule look at Dodgers-Cardinals playoff series

Friday - 10/11/2013, 4:20pm  ET

The Associated Press

A look at the best-of-seven National League championship series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals:

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Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at St. Louis (8:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at St. Louis (4:07 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 14, at Los Angeles (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Los Angeles (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Los Angeles (4:07 p.m.); x-Game 6, Friday, Oct. 18, at St. Louis (8:37 p.m.); x-Game 7, Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Louis (8:37 p.m.). (All games on TBS).

x-if necessary.

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Season Series: Dodgers won 4-3.

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Projected Lineup:

Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford (.283, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs, 15 SBs), 2B Mark Ellis (.270, 6, 48), SS Hanley Ramirez (.345, 20, 57, 10 SBs), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.293, 22, 100), RF Yasiel Puig (.319, 19, 42, 11 SBs), 3B Juan Uribe (.278, 12, 50), CF Skip Schumaker (.263, 2, 30), C A.J. Ellis (.238, 10, 52).

Cardinals: 2B Matt Carpenter (.318, 11, 78, .392 OBP; led MLB with 199 hits, 126 runs and 55 doubles), RF Carlos Beltran (.296, 24, 84), LF Matt Holliday (.300, 22, 94, .389 OBP), 1B Matt Adams (.284, 17, 51 in 108 games), C Yadier Molina (.319, 12, 80), CF Jon Jay (.276, 7, 67, 10 SBs), 3B David Freese (.262, 9, 60), SS Pete Kozma (.217, 1, 35) or Daniel Descalso (.238, 5, 43).

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Projected Rotations:

Dodgers: RH Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63 ERA), LH Clayton Kershaw (16-9, MLB-best 1.83, NL-leading 232 Ks, 236 IP), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-8, 3.00), RH Ricky Nolasco (13-11, 3.70 with Marlins and Dodgers; 8-3, 3.52 since trade from Miami).

Cardinals: RH Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69 in 37 games, 15 starts), RH Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78 in 15 games, 9 starts), RH Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94, 223 Ks, NL-high 241 2-3 IP), RH Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97) or RH Shelby Miller (15-9, 3.06, led MLB rookies in wins).

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Relievers:

Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (4-3, 1.88 ERA, 28/32 saves), RH Brian Wilson (2-1, 0.66), RH Ronald Belisario (5-7, 3.97, 1 save), LH J.P. Howell (4-1, 2.03), Edinson Volquez (9-12, 5.71 with Padres and Dodgers; 0-2, 4.18, six games -- five starts with Los Angeles), RH Carlos Marmol (2-4, 5.86, 2 saves with Cubs and Dodgers; 0-0, 2.53 in 21 appearances with Dodgers); RH Chris Withrow (3-0, 2.60, 1 save, 26 games, 43 Ks, 34 2-3 IP).

Cardinals: RH Trevor Rosenthal (2-4, 2.74, 3 saves), LH Kevin Siegrist (3-1, 0.45, 39 2-3 IP, 17 hits, 50 Ks, 18 BBs), RH Carlos Martinez (2-1, 5.08 in 21 games), RH Seth Maness (5-2, 2.32, 16 GIDP in 62 IP), RH Edward Mujica (2-1, 2.78, 37/41 saves), RH John Axford (7-7, 4.02 in 75 games; 1-0, 1.74 in 13 games with Cardinals after trade from Milwaukee), LH Randy Choate (2-1, 2.29 in 64 games).

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Matchups:

Two of the most storied and successful teams in National League history -- fierce rivals in the 1940s -- these signature franchises share a famous link in pioneer executive Branch Rickey. They've met three times in postseason play: St. Louis won the 1985 NLCS in six games and a 2004 division series in four before the Dodgers swept their 2009 NLDS in three straight. ... Los Angeles is without CF Matt Kemp, shut down on the final day of the regular season with swelling of a bone in his sprained left ankle. OF Andre Ethier was limited to pinch-hitting duty in the division series against Atlanta because of his own left ankle injury. But if it has healed sufficiently, he could play the outfield in this series for the first time since Sept. 13. ... By winning 97 games to tie Boston for the best record in the majors, St. Louis earned home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. That came in handy during a five-game division series against wild-card Pittsburgh and could be an edge again. The Cardinals went 6-0 on their final homestand and 54-27 overall at Busch Stadium, the second-best home record in the majors. Then they won two of three home games in the NLDS. Los Angeles, however, had the NL's best road record at 45-36. ... Wacha has been almost untouchable in his last two starts, displaying remarkable poise for a 22-year-old rookie. He lost a no-hit bid against Washington on an infield single with two outs in the ninth inning of his final regular-season outing, then pitched 7 1-3 hitless innings at Pittsburgh before Pedro Alvarez homered in Game 4 of the NLDS. With the Cardinals facing elimination, Wacha won 2-1 to send the series back to St. Louis. ... More than a dozen players remain from the Cardinals team that won the 2011 World Series. ... The Dodgers and Cardinals played it fairly even in seven games this season, with Los Angeles outscoring St. Louis 30-27. ... Lefty batting Crawford this year hit .481 (13 for 27) with four doubles against the Cardinals, who have all right-handed starters. ... Keep an eye on Holliday. He has great success against much of the Dodgers. In 43 career plate appearances against Kershaw, Holliday has walked 10 times and is hitting .303 (10 for 33) with a homer. He's 9 for 26 (.346) with two homers when facing Grienke. Against Nolasco he's even better: 12 for 26 (.462) with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs. ... Beltran is 16 for 47 (.340) with a homer and three RBIs against Nolasco, but he's also K'd 11 times. ... Slick-fielding but light-hitting Kozma is 4 for 5 with three RBIs against Kershaw. ... Ethier is only Dodgers regular who has any success against Wainwright. He has three homers and three doubles in 33-at bats and is hitting .303 against the Cardinals ace. ... Lance Lynn is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against Los Angeles. In 55 plate appearances against Lynn, the Dodgers have only two extra-base hits, both doubles. He could start Game 4.

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