A year after staging a seven-game epic of their own, the Astros and Cardinals meet again for a place in the World Series. The Cardinals eased into the NLCS with a sweep of the Padres, while an 18-inning marathon meant the Astros played the equivalent of five full games in polishing off the Braves in four. But with a few days of rest before Game 1 on Wednesday, both teams should enter the series at close to full strength.
So what will happen, SportsNation? Will these teams again go the distance? Will Roger Clemens get the best of Albert Pujols? And which opposing hitter would each team hope to see in a tight spot?