We take a look at how that experience stacks up for Game 2.
Kyle Hendricks, Cubs
Against the Opponent
2015: 1 GS, 0-0, 7.20 ERA
Career: 4 GS, 0-1, 3.97 ERA
Loves to face: Yadier Molina, .167 (1-for-6); Kolten Wong, .222 (2-for-9)
Hates to face: Matt Carpenter, .600 (6-for-10), 1 HR; Matt Holliday, .500 (6-for-12) 2 HRs
Why he'll win: Hendricks broke out of his funk and found his rhythm to close the regular season. He tossed three consecutive quality starts and back-to-back scoreless outings while striking out 25 in that span. The Cardinals haven't seen him since May 5, which should benefit a pitcher who holds opponents to an average below .230 the first two times through the order.
Pitcher beware: The 25-year-old has never made an appearance in the postseason and he has not been as successful against the Cardinals. He's in a better rhythm, but he has gone more than six innings in an outing just twice since the All-Star break as he has struggled with his fastball command.
Bottom line: If he continues his strong run to end the regular season, watch out. But remember, he's never been here before.
Jaime Garcia, Cardinals
Against the Opponent
2015: 0 GS
Career: 5 GS, 2-1, 2.06 ERA
Loves to face: Dexter Fowler, .000 (0-for-9), 3 K's
Hates to face: Starlin Castro, .308 (4-for-13)
Why he'll win: Garcia has started six games in the postseason during his career, including twice during the 2011 World Series. He has not faced the Cubs since April 2012, so a young lineup has little experience against someone who's handled the postseason pressure. And he's in the best season of his career statistically, with a career-best 2.43 ERA while limiting opponents to a .274 on-base percentage.
Pitcher beware: Garcia has struggled with his command in the second half of the season as well. After he allowed nine walks through July 28, the 29-year-old walked 21 in his final 12 starts of the season. He hopes to stop that funk while lowering his 4.23 career postseason ERA.
Bottom line: In one of his best seasons, Garcia excels at putting his team in a position to win.