Oct 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (middle) celebrates in the clubhouse with his teammates after game six of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
John Perrotto, Special for USA TODAY Sports and KSDK Sports -- Oct 20, 013
(KSDK Sports) -- One of the biggest complaints traditionalists have had ever since the postseason was expanded from four teams to eight teams in 1995 - and to 10 last year - is that there are too many possibilities for upsets, which often prevent the best teams from playing in the World Series.
The Red Sox and Cardinals were both 97-65 in the regular season, tying for the best record in the major leagues. Thus, the two best teams will indeed be going head-to-head.
The Cardinals and Red Sox have met three other times in the World Series. St. Louis won in seven games in both 1946 and 1967 while Boston swept in four games in 2004 for its first world championship in 86 years.
"It should be exciting," Red Sox left-handed reliever Craig Breslow said. "They have a great team and we have a great team, so it should be a great series. I don't know if the World Series can be any closer than this series was against the Tigers, but I imagine it probably will."