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World Series 2013: Cardinals vs. Red Sox Position-by-Position Breakdown
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How does Dustin Pedroia compare to fellow All-Star second baseman Matt Carpenter?

We're down to two team left—and there's no denying we ended up with the two most talented clubs in Major League Baseball.  

The St. Louis Cardinals (97-65) and Boston Red Sox (97-65) were the two best teams in their respective leagues during the regular season. Their matchup is the first time since 1999 the top teams in the AL and NL have met in the World Series.  

But, breaking down the 2013 World Series teams requires much more than recapping their collective accomplishments. Both clubs were driven to pennants by elite individual players, and this is the chance to go position by position, identifying and comparing these players.

The following article mentions some events from much earlier in the season—and even previous seasons—but it all comes full circle when we conclude who has the present advantages. The slides also specify the degrees of those advantages.

Perhaps you've stumbled upon this sort of preview at MLB.com or CBS Sports. We're proud to say, however, that ours is the most thorough.

Is it the most accurate? That's for the guys on the field to determine.

 

*Stats provided by Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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