Ranking the Cardinals and the Last 10 World Series Champions

By Matt Ryan

How does this year's St. Louis team compare to the 2009 Yankees? Or the 2004 Red Sox?

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The St. Louis Cardinals are the 2011 World Series Champions after a season of adversity. They made the playoffs after they appeared to be out of contention trailing by more than 10 games in late September. They won the Fall Classic after twice coming down to their final strike in a classic Game 6.

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All this after a season in which the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees once again dominated the headlines.

So where do they rank among previous World Series winners?

Could this pitching staff handle those high scoring Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee teams? How would David Freese and the offense fare against the underrated 2005 Chicago White Sox pitching staff? Are they better than the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals?

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