For the fourth time in World Series history—and the second time since 2004—the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals will butt heads for the right to call themselves the best team in baseball when they take the field at Fenway Park on Wednesday night for Game 1.
While the Cardinals hold a 2-1 all-time lead in the Fall Classic, both teams have lineups capable of putting runs on the board in the blink of an eye, starting rotations that can shut those lineups down and quality relievers to bridge the gap from the starters to the closer.
Things might be pretty evenly matched on paper, but if we've learned anything from the 108 editions that preceded this one, it's that anything can—and usually does—happen before a champion is declared.
Let's take a look at what we'll see along the way—and how it's all going to play out in the end.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.