The 2014 World Series starts Wednesday and will feature the American League Champion Boston Red Sox versus the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.
The two clubs have not played interleague games since 2008, but have met three times in the World Series. St. Louis won in 1946 and 1967 in seven game series and Boston swept the Cardinals in 2004.
Boston will be seeking its third title over the past 10 seasons, while St. Louis is attempting to win their second in three years and third in seven seasons.
Each of the clubs had 97 wins during the regular season, which tied them for the best records in baseball.
The Cardinals scored the most runs, 783, in the National League, while the Red Sox led the majors in runs scored with 853.
The World Series rule where the DH will be used in the AL park and not in NL park will raise questions for both teams.
St. Louis has any number of candidates and adding an extra bat to their lineup during away games can only help them.
For Boston, when they play in St. Louis without the DH they will have tough decisions to make. Will David Ortiz be held out of the lineup or will he play first base and cause Mike Napoli to sit. Napoli has played well and hit two home runs in the ALCS.
The starting pitching has to give St. Louis an advantage. Adam Wainwright a candidate for the Cy Young Award is their ace. The Red Sox will have Jon Lester as their ace, along with Clay Buchholz.
St. Louis is looking for its 12th title in the World Series after winning pennant No. 19 for the franchise. The Cardinals have been fantastic in elimination games. Over the past three seasons, when facing elimination, the Cardinals are 8-1.
Boston won its 13th pennant to reach this point. The Red Sox have been consistent all season never losing more than 3 straight games at any time the entire season.
Only David Ortiz remains from the team that won the World Series in 2004, however, Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Ortiz all played on the 2007 title winning team.
According to odds makers on Bovada, Boston is the favorite to win the series.
The Red Sox are currently on -135, while the Cardinals have a +115 money line to win.
Pick: Boston in six 4-2