Pablo celebrates the World Series win in 2010.
The last two World Series winners were the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Yet, there are major differences.
The 2010 Giants rode the pitching of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez. In 2012, they still do. Except replace Sanchez with Ryan Vogelsong.
The offense is better too.
Instead of aged veterans—Edgar Renteria, Juan Uribe, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand and Aubrey Huff—the team has younger studs like Hunter Pence, Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco.
Then there's guys like Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval, who are talented and have postseason experience. Throw Marco Scutaro's clutch play into the mix and the 2012 roster is simply better.
The Cardinals on the other hand, are a different story.
Their pitching staff looks much different now than it did a year ago. There's no more Jake Westbrook, Edwin Jackson, Ryan Franklin, Octavio Dotel or Arthur Rhodes.
Last year's offense consisted of Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman. Both are gone.
In their place are Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran. Beltran makes up for some of the loss, but St. Louis relies on guys like Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma to play hero.
The veterans on the 2010 Giants have been replaced by younger players equally as good. The veterans of the 2011 Cardinals have been replaced by younger players not quite as talented and with much less experience.