Both teams have new managers this year. John Farrell for the Red Sox and Mike Matheny for the
Both managers have never coached a team in the World Series.
Both teams have Two World Series wins each in the past 10 years.
Both teams have bounced back from a disappointing previous year. The Red Sox were just plain bad and the Cardinals were eliminated in the playoffs.
Both teams have finished the regular season as the #1 seed
Both teams have finished the regular season with identical 97-65 records,
Both teams have a similar home/road records, the Red Sox were 53-28 on home and 44-37
on the road while the Cardinals were 54-27 and 43-38.
Both teams have Rivers that are part of their culture. Dirty Water of the Charles in Boston and the River Rats of the Mississippi for St. Louis
Each team has arguably one of the two best postseason players of this generation with Papi and Beltran.
Both teams charge their fans the most for a beer of any baseball stadium, The Red Sox are 1st with an average beer costing $0.60 an ounce. The Cardinals are second with an average beer costing $0.56 an ounce.
Now, the teams are set to meet again in the World Series. The Red Sox had a huge advantage in the 2004 World Series. The momentum they had going in was huge after performing the greatest comeback ever against the Yankees. There will be no underdogs in the series. This time around, these are two equally balanced teams. Both rotations are loaded with superb pitching and both teams are loaded from the top-to-bottom of their lineup with quality starters. It brings us down to the question, which gives out first, the quality pitching, or the quality hitting? It will be fun to watch.