When you get right down to it, the two best teams in the National League (Cardinals/Dodgers) on paper before the season began are the two teams that will meet for the right to go to the World Series in 2013.
But even more than just featuring two of the most storied franchises in baseball history, the 2013 National League Championship Series will boast two of the best pitching duos in the sport with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke going toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha.
Greinke has the stuff and potential to be a top-10 NL pitcher when healthy, as he was in the second half.
Wacha is just starting his career, but has shown substantial improvement from the time he was drafted in 2012 and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his first-ever playoff start.
Greinke and Wacha are much closer in overall performance this season than Kershaw and Wainwright, bringing the Cardinals’ duo a little bit closer in this race for pitching supremacy heading into the NLCS.
Source: Adam Wells, CNN Bleacher Report