And then there were 2.

After 162 games, a tie-breaker game, a play-in game & 2 rounds of playoffs, we finally have our World Series match-up.  The St. Louis Cardinals return to the Series after missing it in 2012, while the Boston Red Sox are playing in their first Series since sweeping the Colorado Rockies in 2007.

This will be the fourth time that both teams will have faced each other, with the Cards owning a 2-1 record.  This is also the first time in over a decade featuring the 2 best teams in each league.

A lot has changed in the 9 seasons since their last meeting.  David Ortiz of the Red Sox is the only player remaining from the 2004 roster, while Chris Carpenter and Yadier Molina are the only  active players in this year’s matchup to have played in 2004 (Manager Mike Matheny and coaches John Mabry & Jose Oquendo are the only other Cardinals to have faced Boston)

Both teams have featured strong pitching overall this postseason, but neither team has been consistent at the plate.   Unless the Cards & Red Sox can re-energize their bats, it’s very likely that we’ll be watching low-scoring games for a majority of the World Series.

Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals is making his World Series debut after 16 MLB Seasons.  Backup catcher Davis Ross, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchian are a few of the Red Sox playing in their first Series.

Prediction?  I’ve been very bad with my guesses this postseason.  My heart is going with the Red Sox, but my head says that stronger pitching by the St. Louis Cardinals will make the difference.  Cardinals in 5

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