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Weather could be key to the NLCS

The weatherman may play a role in the ultimate outcome of the National League Championship Series.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 60 percent chance of rain Friday night in St. Louis when Game 6 of the NLCS is scheduled to be played.

A rainout could play to the Dodgers' favor, potentially eliminating the Cardinals' advantage of starting their ace against the middle of the Los Angeles rotation. If Game 6 is pushed to Saturday and Game 7 pushed to Sunday because of a rainout, that would give the Dodgers the option of starting their ace, Zack Greinke, Sunday against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright.

It's reminiscent of the 2011 World Series when Game 6 was rained out which allowed the Cardinals to come back with ace Chris Carpenter in Game 7 against the Texas Rangers.

Of course, the key to making this possibility moot is the Redbirds beating Clayton Kershaw -- for the fifth consecutive time -- in Game 6, whenever it is played.