David Ortiz , Dustin Pedroia and the bearded guys from Boston. Michael Wacha , Trevor Rosenthal and those fresh mugs from St. Louis. Pretty neat faceoff in this World Series. Cardinals-Red Sox, once again in October. Fully rested, they'll open Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Postseason stars from past and present: Carlos Beltran , David Freese , John Lackey , Ortiz and Adam Wainwright . Juicy plotlines: Can Gold Glove C Yadier Molina shut down Jacoby Ellsbury and the runnin' Red Sox? Can all-world closer Koji Uehara stop Matt Holliday and the Cardinals? Plus, plenty of history — think Stan Musial vs. Ted Williams in 1946, Bob Gibson vs. Carl Yastrzemski in '67 or Pedro Martinez vs. Albert Pujols in 2004. Or, perhaps more memorably that last time, Curt Schilling and the bloody sock vs. The Curse.The Red Sox and Cardinals are hardly arch enemies, however. They haven't played since Boston's Kevin Youkilis homered over the Green Monster in the 13th inning on June 22, 2008. This year, Boston and St. Louis bounced back from disappointments and tied for the most victories in the majors with 97. Not since the Braves and Yankees in 1999 have league win leaders met in the World Series. The Cardinals and Red Sox were the top-scoring teams in their leagues, too. POWER OUTAGE: There were plenty of reasons the Tigers lost to the Red Sox in this ALCS, but the most noticeable was the virtual disappearance of their top two sluggers.An obviously hobbled Miguel Cabrera , last year's Triple Crown winner and a favorite for a second straight AL MVP, and powerful 1B Prince Fielder combined for two extra-base hits in the six games. Cabrera was 6-for-22 with a home run, and Fielder went 4-for-22 and didn't drive in a single run. PLUNKING KING: Red Sox RF Sh ane Victorino was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth, his sixth of the playoffs, extending his record and setting a major-league mark with the 10th postseason HBP of his career. Alex Rodriguez had the old record. AROUND THE MAJORS: Maria Jacqueline Peguero , wife of Mariners OF Carlos Peguero , is facing federal wire-fraud charges for allegedly using a debit card belonging to the wife of RHP Fe lix Hernandez to make nearly $180,000 in online purchases.