NL hopefuls must hit to improve chances
Against powerful Rangers, bats crucial for Phillies, Giants
We don't yet know who's going to survive the National League Championship Series' return to Citizens Bank Park.We don't know if a Giants team that has already defied expectations and showed resolve all season will do so again, or if they'll crumble under the pressure of closing out a two-time reigning NL champ. Nor do we know if the Phillies mounted enough momentum in Game 5 to do what just two other NL clubs in history have done -- overcome a 3-1 deficit in the LCS. What we do know is that no matter who comes out of this weekend's action in possession of the pennant will enter the World Series with some questions and concerns. Because while this NLCS has certainly been captivating, with the first five games decided by a total of 12 runs, it has also exposed some weaknesses in the East and West champs.