The Red Sox barely missed the postseason in 2011 and then finished in last place in the AL East in 2012 before winning 97 games this season, which was tied for the most in all of baseball. They got past the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in the ALDS before winning the ALCS four games to two against the Detroit Tigers.
The Cardinals on the other hand did not go through as much hardships in the past. They won the 2011 World Series over the Texas Rangers and reached the 2012 NLCS before losing to the San Francisco Giants, which ended up winning the 2012 World Series. This year, the Cardinals won 97 games themselves, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in five games in the NLDS and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games to win the NLCS.
In what will be a repeat of the 2004 World Series matchup, both the Red Sox and the Cardinals have very good pitching and solid lineups as well.
But how exactly does each team really stack up against one another? Here is a position-by-position breakdown of whether the Red Sox or the Cardinals will have more advantages in the 2013 World Series.