The St. Louis Cardinals are athletic, they have a good starting rotation, their bullpen is full of power, and they’re about to get back one of their best hitters — Allen Craig — for the first time this postseason.
The Red Sox will be seeing a far superior all-around team in the World Series than what they faced with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, which they won 4 games to 2.
“I’ve faced the Cardinals a lot over the years and that’s one excellent baseball team,” Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino said. “We’re going to have to be at the top of our game. That pitching staff is terrific, their bullpen is tough, and their lineup is relentless. Big test for us.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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