Giants need to slow down Beltran

Key matchups, stats and players, plus a prediction, for the NLCS

Updated: October 13, 2012, 3:31 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs
Carlos BeltranChuck Myers/MCTWill the Giants' pitching staff be able to shut down Carlos Beltran?

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will square off in the National League Championship Series. Here's a look at what to watch and who will win.

Key matchup: Madison Bumgarner versus Carlos Beltran

Few pitchers are better against right-handed hitters than Bumgarner. Over the past three seasons, the only pitchers with 400 or more innings against righties with a better FIP than Bumgarner's 3.37 mark are Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee. This is important, since the Cardinals have so many thunderous right-handed hitters in their lineup.