The Cards went to the World Series in ’04, ’06, ’11, and ’13 (and barely missed in ’12 when the Giants came back from 3-1) and have played in the NLCS 8 times (8/13!) post-2000. The Sox went in ’04, ’07, and ’13 (and had ALCS Game 7 losses in ’03 and ’08) and have played in the ALCS 5 times. The Cards have won it all twice. The Sox have won it all twice. Whoever wins this Series takes the lead in 21st-century titles (the Cards, Giants, and Sox are all tied right now). The one time the Cardinals lost the Series in the 21st century up to now…it was to the Red Sox. We’ve made up for 1946; now it’s your turn, 1967.
Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester are the hurlers. I’m feeling good about this series, but the Cards are a tough team. I think the rotations and bullpens of each team left standing are comparable, but I think the Sox are the better offensive team, and that’s going to be the difference in this one, IMO.
At any rate, four wins to glory for someone, four losses to substantially less glory for someone else. Comment away!