It may not be the big market matchup MLB wanted, but baseball fans should appreciate this World Series.
The Rangers fell to the Giants in last year's fall classic. After Cliff Lee bolted for Philly, many believed Texas would have a hard time repeating as American League Champions.
General Manager Jon Daniels deserves a ton of credit.
He brought in Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli, both of whom have played a big role in the Rangers' playoff run. Not to mention the deadline moves he made to fortify their bullpen.
On August 24, the Cardinals were 10.5 games behind the Braves. From that point on, they went 22-9, and thanks to some terrible play by the Braves, won the Wild Card on the final day of the season.
Their offense has exploded, their bullpen has stepped up, and they now find themselves on baseball's biggest stage.
There really hasn't been a great World Series since the Angels beat the Giants in seven games back in 2002. Hopefully, this one gives us some overdue excitement.
Here is a position breakdown of the upcoming series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.