NLDS Preview: Cubs vs. Cardinals Part One

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Oct 7, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder

Kyle Schwarber

(12) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning in the National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Left Field

Cardinals: Matt Holliday – I really am not sure what to expect from Matt Holliday. If he his healthy and can run around in the OF fine, he’s a huge upgrade in LF and has the postseason experience to lead this club and potentially could be a series MVP.

Cubs: Kyle Schwarber – Kyle Schwarber is legitimately a really good hitter and he absolutely hit a monster shot last night into the Aleghany. Like Kris Bryant and any young power hitter not named Albert Pujols, Schwarber struggles with the strikeout. Schwarber has the left handed power that could change the makeup of a game/series.

Advantage: Cubs. This is a really hard one. I am going to give the Cubs the slight edge here, just because I don’t know what to expect from Matt Holliday. However, I do think the Cardinals’ pitching can neutralize Schwarber and Holliday could make me eat my words.