Breaking down the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cardinals

L.A.'s Yasiel Puig has been dynamite for the Dodgers in the post-season. (Robert Hanashiro/USA...

L.A.'s Yasiel Puig has been dynamite for the Dodgers in the post-season. (Robert Hanashiro/USA Today Sports)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

A closer look at the two teams battling in the NLCS, which begins on Friday night in St. Louis:

National League Championship Series

Dodgers (92-70) at Cardinals (97-65)

(Dodgers won four of seven meetings)

DODGERS

Team payroll: $223.9 million (2nd)

Octobers (L.A. only): 5 World Series, 9 NL pennants, 18 playoff appearances

Post-season record: 60-58

How they got here: Beat Braves in four games

Last post-season: Lost 2009 NLCS in 5 to Phillies

Manager: Don Mattingly

Looking up in NLDS: Infielder Hanley Ramirez hit .500 (8-for-16) with four doubles, a triple, homer and a 1.618 OPS, one of four Dodgers with four-digit OPS versus Braves along with left fielder Carl Crawford (6-for-17, .353, 1.303), third baseman Juan Uribe (6-for-16, .375, 1.188) and right fielder Yasiel Puig (8-for-17, .471, 1.029).


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