Carl Crawford, Skip Schumaker, Yasiel Puig celebrate after a victory in the NLDS. (Photo credit: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
After defeating the Atlanta Braves in four games, the Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2009, when a different Ramirez, that time Manny, was the driving force.
The St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates in a tough five game series and find themselves in the NLCS for the third consecutive season.
The Dodgers won four of the seven regular season games, including taking three of four at Busch Stadium during a four game set in August.
Though the Cardinals have home field advantage and superior postseason experince, the Dodgers must be taken as a formidable opponent given their pitching staff and hot bats.
Dodger batters combined to hit .333 in the NLDS, which set the mark for the highest NL team batting average in any postseason series.
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NLCS schedule and probables
Game 1: Friday, October 11, Busch Stadium: Zack Greinke (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. Joe Kelly (0-0, 3.38 ERA), 5:30 p.m. PDT.
Game 2: Saturday, October 12, Busch Stadium: Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (1-0, 1.23 ERA), 1:00 p.m. PDT
Game 3: Monday, October 14, Dodger Stadium: TBD vs. Adam Wainwright (2-0, 1.13 ERA) 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Game 4: Tuesday, October 15, Dodger Stadium: 5:00 p.m. PDT.
*Game 5: Wednesday, October 16, Dodger Stadium: 1:00 P.M. PDT.
*Game 6: Friday, October 18, Busch Stadium: 5:30 p.m. PDT.
*Game 7: Saturday, October 19, Busch Stadium: 5:30 p.m. PDT.
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