Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  By STAN McNEAL  |  Last updated 10/22/13
ST. LOUIS -- A World Series featuring two of the game's most tradition-rich franchises makes for an appealing matchup. Adding to the on-the-field intrigue is how little history the Cardinals and Red Sox players have against each other. Only a handful of Cardinals had stepped inside Fenway Park before Tuesday, and only a handful of Red Sox have played much against St. Louis. Dating to 1946, this is the fourth World Series matchup between the franchises (St. Louis leads 2-1) but the first meeting of any kind since the Cardinals won two of three at Fenway in a 2008 interleague series. What the teams don't know about each other they will start finding out firsthand Wednesday night. What they figure to learn is that they're as evenly matched as their 97-win regular seasons -- and these matchups -- would suggest. 1. Starting lineup The Red Sox led the majors in runs; the Cardinals were tops in the National League. The Cardinals' lineup features four .300 hitters with Yadier Molina...
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