October 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fans celebrate the 6-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NLCS Preview: What You Need to Know for Game 6

This one is going to be fun. The pitching is going to be dominant, the hitters are going to be on full alert and there are some young stars in this game that are looking to make their permanent mark on the league. Does it get much better than that?

The St. Louis Cardinals are leading 3-2 and will look to clinch over the Los Angeles Dodgers who are going to be relying on their big-name stars to give them a chance in a thrilling Game 7.

If you’ll be watching this one, here’s everything you need to know about the biggest game of the Dodgers’ season!

Date: Friday, October 18th

Start Time: 8:30 PM EST

Location: St. Louis

TV Info: TBS

LIVE Stream: MLB.tv or the MLB at Bat 12 App.

Here are the two things things to watch for when the Dodgers and Cards take the diamond:

Ramirez and Ethier Should Play: After not being 100% after taking a fastball to the midsection, Hanley Ramirez is projected to play and be in the lineup tonight. He’ll provide a much-needed spark in the lineup and if nothing else, will make Michael Wacha pitch very a bit more carefully. Andre Ethier is also expected in the lineup, even with a micro-fracture in his leg. Here’s what Don Mattingly had to say via MLB.com:

“I expect Andre to play; he felt as good [in Game 5] as he’s felt since coming back,” Mattingly said Thursday regarding Ethier, who has a microfracture in his lower left leg. “He just seems to get a little bit stronger as far as being out on the field. We checked on him late. We thought about if we were going to defend for him late. We were comfortable with what we were seeing, and he was comfortable also…”

Watch for Wacha: The 22-year old sensation is looking to build his resume and help send his team to the World Series. Just over four months removed from his MLB debut, Wacha will look to improve to 3-0 in postseason play following wins against Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. He fanned eight over 6.2 innings in his last outing, only allowing five hits and one run.

Can Wacha become the player the extra weapon that propels the Cardinals to the World Series, or will Clayton Kershaw out-perform him? Weigh-in below in the comments section.

Tags: Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardnials

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