Here is some of the stronger testimony in favor of each club:
FOR THE DODGERS: Gene Freese, Phillies: " Los Angeles has the top pitching staff: four good left-handers and reliable right-handers, good relief men in Labine and Fowler. The Dodgers are becoming accustomed to that park, taking advantage of it now. They have good infield defense, and Gilliam showed me he's one of the best at third. The club's not giving up many runs, so good pitching can carry it all the way. If Mays doesn't hit, the Giants might as well forget about the pennant. He has to get on base a lot."
Jim Brosnan, Reds: " Los Angeles can beat Milwaukee and San Francisco. San Francisco can't beat Milwaukee or Los Angeles. And Milwaukee can't beat Los Angeles. Quod erat demonstrandum."
FOR THE BRAVES: Gene Conley, Phillies: "I like Milwaukee because of its experience of going through pennant races the last three years. The Braves have a dependable starter or two more than the Giants or Dodgers, including a couple of 20-game winners who thrive on work in the stretch. Milwaukee has a better schedule than ' Frisco. And remember, the Braves didn't fall back despite the serious losing streak."
Richie Ashburn, Phillies: " Milwaukee will win because of its power—Mathews and Aaron—and that good pitching, starting and relieving. The Braves don't have to hit too much with their kind of pitching. Adcock is a good streak hitter and can carry a club in a stretch drive."
FOR THE GIANTS: Bob Friend, Pirates: "If ' Frisco wasn't going to win it, they wouldn't be up where they are now. They've got speed and they haven't any injuries. Several guys are having their best years—Cepeda and that kid Bressoud at shortstop. McCovey has picked them up. And they've got depth, enough depth in pitching for the tough games. Sanford, Jones and Antonelli are great and McCormick isn't too bad, either."
Hal Smith, Cardinals: "Those Giants have the best pitching, hitting, defense and speed. They aren't afraid to take a chance and use their speed, especially Mays and Kirkland. Ed Bressoud is a big difference at shortstop. The Los Angeles hitting isn't as good as the other two clubs', and the L.A. defense isn't up to ' Frisco's. The Braves still have weak spots at second base and in left field."
Johnny Temple, Reds: "If Sam Jones keeps winning, they'll win the pennant. He's the key man. Sam can beat anybody. They wouldn't miss any guy like they'd miss him. They expect Antonelli to win. He's going to win, but they have to have someone to go with him. Los Angeles can be handled by a left-hand pitcher. It's not a good club against a lefthander. The Giants can throw Antonelli and McCormick against them. Drysdale will have a tougher time against the Giants than Antonelli will against the Dodgers. The Giants can put left-handed hitters in against Drysdale."
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