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Before we begin our playoff analysis, we’d like to remind Shane of SFist, that he lost his bet. As a result of the Dodgers making the playoffs and the Giants failing, Shane must write a post on his site about what a great city Los Angeles is, and about the greatness of the Dodgers. In addition he must send to our LAist offices a basket with an assortment of various boxes of rice-a-roni. Tomorrow we will analyze the Angels series with the Red Sox, but we’ll cover the Dodgers first. LAist was asked all week which team we'd rather see the Dodgers play. The truth is, we don't care. We want the Dodgers to win the World Series, so that means if you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best. St. Louis Cardinals included.

Here is our position-by-position analysis.

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First Base: Shawn Green vs. Albert Pujols

Shawn Green has picked up tremendously in the second half, and still found a way to hit a respectable 28 home runs this season. His defense at first base has also been surprisingly strong all season. But this isn’t even a contest. Albert Pujols might be the best player in baseball after Barry Bonds, and has once again put up MVP-type numbers with the third-highest OPS in baseball.
Advantage: Cardinals