How the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals arrived in the World Series no longer matters.
It's what they do in the next week or so, in the World Series, that will identify these teams.
Both teams were able to finish off their League Championship Series in six games, providing time for the pitching staffs to catch their breaths before the best-of-seven Series begins Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Here are five storylines to follow in Game 1:
Carpenter tools Chris Carpenter came to the rescue twice when the Cardinals faced elimination. Carpenter pitched a two-hit shutout, with 11 strikeouts and one walk, Sept. 28 at Houston to clinch the NL wild card. And Carpenter won the 1-0 pitching duel with Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay in the deciding Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
In two other postseason starts, however, Carpenter has worked a combined eight innings and has given up seven earned runs and 18 baserunners. There was a revelation that Ca...