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October 11, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cardinals

by R.J. Anderson


For those who like nonstop chatter about how differently the teams were constructed, this is the series or you. Expect to hear about the Cardinals' homegrown ways and how they contrast with the free-spending Dodgers. There's a solid chance that talking point gets annoying by the second or third game; luckily, the games should be fun regardless of the predictable narratives.

Projected Lineups (AVG/OBP/SLG/TAv)

Dodgers
LF-L Carl Crawford (.283/.329/.407/.274)
2B-R Mark Ellis (.270/.323/.351/.261)
SS-R Hanley Ramirez (.345/.402/.638/.364)
1B-L Adrian Gonzalez (.293/.342/.461/.294)
RF-R Yasiel Puig (.319/.391/.534/.334)
3B-R Juan Uribe (.278/.331/.438/.282)
CF-L Skip Schumaker (.263/.332/.332/.242)
C-R A.J. Ellis (.238/.318/.364/.266)

The Dodgers finished ninth in the league in True Average, two spots ahead of the Cardinals. The similarities between the lineups extend beyond their regular-season numbers: Both are missing a star-level performer and have a hole near the bottom of their order. It's probably worth noting the Dodgers have, at least statistically, the top two batters in the series, in Ramirez and Puig.

Cardinals
2B-L Matt Carpenter (.318/.392/.481/.310)
RF-S Carlos Beltran (.296/.339/.491/.288)
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