Teams that have the ability to hit quality pitching usually thrive in the postseason. That said, which lineups among serious playoff contenders are the best?
Some key players could come off the disabled list and give their teams a well-timed boost toward the playoffs.
Taking their cues from Tony La Russa, the Cardinals were business-like in their NLDS sweep of the Padres, writes Jerry Crasnick.
The Cardinals and Padres have plenty of motivation heading into Game 3, even if few people may see it.
The Cardinals can bash the ball with the best of 'em. But in their Game 2 win, they also showed how fundamentally sound a team they are.
The Padres in Game 2 will hand the ball to a pitcher who had a rebirth in San Diego after being released by the Rangers.
Before driving in six runs in Game 1, Reggie Sanders was typecast as the quintessential vagabond and a guy known for stinking it up in October.
The Cardinals' balance makes them a difficult opponent for the Padres and any other NL club, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Besides pitching, hitting and fielding, health is also part of the equation for postseason contenders.