Most intriguing matchups in ALCS, NLCS

Updated: October 14, 2012, 3:37 PM ET
By Buster Olney

The most intriguing matchups in the upcoming league championship series:

1. The Cardinals' immortality versus the Giants' immortality

The Cardinals have been on the bad side of four match points in the last 13 months, and after Friday night's madness in Washington, they are still standing, with championship rings to show for it, and they have earned the right to believe that they cannot lose.

Before St. Louis' reign began, the Giants were champions, having gone to the brink of elimination at the end of the 2010 season, before rolling through the Rangers in the World Series. This season, the Giants grew from the Melky Cabrera adversity, and after losing their first two games in the postseason, they came back to beat the Reds -- in Cincinnati, no less. They have earned the right to believe they cannot lose.

This is like Dracula versus the Werewolf. The team that wins this series is going to need a wooden stake, some garlic and silver bullets to finish off the other.