We take a closer look at the World Series matchup between the Cardinals and Red Sox:
Cardinals (97-65) at Red Sox (97-65)
109th World Series
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Team payroll: $116.2 million (10th)
Octobers: 11 World Series wins, 19 pennants and 26 playoff appearances.
Post-season record: 116-97
How they got here: Eliminated the Dodgers in Game 6 of NLCS, Pirates in Game 5 of NLDS
Last post-season: Lost 2012 NLCS in seven games to Giants
Manager: Mike Matheny
Looking up in World Series: Small sample size and all, but right fielder Carlos Beltran had large numbers — an .899 OPS after going 6-for-21, batting .286 with six RBI. Second baseman Matt Carpenter fared better than he did in the NLDS, hitting .261 (6-for-23) with two RBI.