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Adam Wainwright and Madison Bumgarner will take the hill in Game 1 Saturday By Daniel Fredman Adam Wainwright and Madison Bumgarner will take the hill in Game 1 Saturday By Daniel Fredman

Maurice Drummond - Cards win in 7:  Everyone needs to hold on tight, because this is going to be a long series.  The Cardinals will win this in 7 games.  When it comes to playoff toughness, the Cards and Giants are mirror images of each other.  Cardinal hitters have shown great patience in the late innings.  The difference in this series will come down the bullpens.

The Redbirds will have to win these games after the 6th innings, because runs will be hard to come by.  I see Kolten Wong and Matt Adams continuing their clutch play.  The Cards will be sipping champagne at Busch Stadium after a dramatic 7th game victory.

JJ Bailey - Cardinals win in 5:  If you come back to beat baseball's best pitcher twice in one series, you tend to feel like you can do anything. The Giants have plenty of quality arms to throw at the Birds, but this offense seems possessed. Whether it's station-to-station hitting or home runs, the St. Louis bats are getting it done. 

The Giants have a much better pen than the Dodgers, so late game scoring may be a bit tougher. But if Wainwright can put together a more characteristic start, I think the train starts rolling and chugs right through San Francisco. 

Boldest prediction: Lance Lynn flirts with a complete game this series, and strikes out 10.

Elizabeth Eisele - Cards win in 6: Both the Cardinals and Giants are similar teams that depend on their starting rotation. In that case, I give the edge to the Redbirds especially in the starting match-ups between Lance Lynn-Jake Peavy and John Lackey-Tim Hudson. And if the Cards can keep up their offensive onslaught of home runs, they'll be hard to stop at Busch, giving them a chance to steal a win in San Francisco and to come home to clinch their second straight trip to the World Series. 
Brian Feldman - Cards win in 6: So, the NLDS was the last time I'll ever go against the Cardinals.  Serves me right for doubting them, I suppose.  The Dodgers were the better team but that never seems to matter.  Well, in the NLCS, the Cardinals are the better team.  Not that that guarantees anything - as we've seen time and time again - but it definitely doesn't hurt.  
The Giants don't posses the superstars (other than Buster Posey) as most other playoff teams do and are right around the top 10-15 in most major offensive and pitching categories in baseball.  They don't dominate…the Giants usually do just enough to win.  But that won't happen in the NLCS.  Cards take it in 6 for their 20th NL pennant.
Doug Vaughn - Cards win 6: This will be the fifth straight year the Cardinals or Giants will represent the National League in the World Series. These are two battled tested teams with a knack for performing well under pressure in the postseason. San Francisco beat the Cardinals in both the 2012 and 2002 NLCS. They also got the better of the head to head match ups during the regular season, beating the Cardinals in four out of seven games. But it will be different in this NLCS.  

Assuming Adam Wainwright is healthy and can pitch two or three games of the series, the Cardinals starting pitching should be better than the Giants. Even if Wainwright’s elbow tendonitis flares up and he can’t pitch, Michael Wacha is waiting in the wings and could be a significant factor in the series. The Cardinals hitters finally came to life in the NLDS against the Dodgers, hitting seven homeruns in the four games. It’ll be tough to match that kind of power production again, especially in spacious AT&T Park in San Francisco, but this Cardinals team seems to be able to find creative ways to win. I’m picking the Cardinals to beat the Giants in six games, and advance to the World Series for the second year in a row.

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