The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals will meet Friday for a second straight year in the postseason. Last year, the Dodgers faced the NL Central champion in the NL Championship Series and fell in six games.

The teams now face each other one round earlier than in 2013 and with changes to their respective rosters. Among some of the changes for the Cardinals are Joe Kelly is no longer with the team, and Michael Wacha has been moved into the bullpen.

As for the Dodgers, Matt Kemp is healthy and hitting well — clearly a far cry from last year when he was ruled out for postseason play on the final day of the regular season. While his presence should help, Kemp also believes the Dodgers will benefit from the experience they gained.

Adrian Gonzalez, the Majors’ RBI leader, pointed to the team’s health as a key factor heading into the NLDS. The Dodgers received another boost Thursday when it was announced Hyun-Jin Ryu successfully made it out of his simulated game and would start Game 3 in St. Louis.

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