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.
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.