A storyline that seems to be buried here is the fact that Mike Matheny, left, was the Cardinals' starting catcher when the Red Sox beat them back in 2004. While he had virtually no experience when taking over for Tony La Russa, Matheny still nearly got his team to a World Series last season. He has continued to emerge as one of the best young managers in the game this season, leading the Cardinals to the best record in the NL.
John Farrell, right, meanwhile, was the driving force behind Boston's 28-game turnaround from last season and should be the AL's Manager of the Year. He may be credited with getting the pitching staff back on track, but everything just seemed so much smoother with him at the helm rather than the volatile Bobby Valentine.
EDGE: RED SOX