With Game 1 set to get under way tonight, here are some nuggets to know about this World Series matchup between the Red Sox and Cardinals.
1. The Cardinals and Red Sox will meet for the fourth time in the World Series. Only three pairs of teams have faced each other more times in the World Series (Dodgers-Yankees, Giants-Yankees, Cardinals-Yankees).
2. The Red Sox have won their past eight World Series games (swept Cardinals in 2004, swept Rockies in 2007). That’s the fifth-longest World Series win streak in baseball history. The Red Sox are looking to become only the second team in MLB history to sweep three consecutive World Series appearances (Yankees 1927, 1928, 1932). The Red Sox have the highest win percentage in World Series history, having won over 61 percent of their games in the Fall Classic.
3. The Cardinals and Red Sox will be making their fourth and third World Series appearances respectively over the last 10 seasons, more than any other teams in that span. These teams could be considered the best teams of the past decade in baseball. Since the start of 2004, only the Yankees (.584) have had a higher win percentage than the Red Sox (.564) and Cardinals (.559) in all games including the postseason.
4. This is the third time in the wild card era the teams with the best record from each league will meet in the World Series (1995 Braves def. Indians, 1999 Yankees def. Braves and 2013 Cardinals vs. Red Sox).
5. The Red Sox are the seventh team since 1990 to play in a World Series season after finishing in last place. Each of the last four teams to do so lost the series.
6. The Cardinals and Red Sox both finished with 97 wins, which led all of baseball. According to Elias, this will be just the 6th time in the Divisional Era (since 1969) that the World Series will include the two teams with the two best records in the majors.
7. Each World Series team has one player on the current roster from when they met in the 2004 World Series. The Red Sox have David Ortiz and the Cardinals have Yadier Molina, who was the backup to current manager Mike Matheny.