World Series breakdown: Cardinals versus Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran is one of the team's biggest offensive weapons. (Reuters)

St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran is one of the team's biggest offensive weapons. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET

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.


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