Cardinals Yankees: Legendary tale as baseball titans square off this weekend

ST. LOUIS – Two of baseball’s most storied franchises go head-to-head this weekend at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals host the New York Yankees for a three-game series beginning Friday.

The Cardinals and Yankees have established themselves as the most title-leading teams in National League and American League history with 38 World Series championships combined.

How dominant were both franchises? A few fascinating facts help paint the picture.

  • The Cardinals and Yankees have won 38 World Series titles. With 117 encounters on baseball’s biggest stage, the two franchises account for nearly a third of all World Series championships.
  • At least one of the Cardinals or the Yankees has competed in 54 of the 117 World Series matchups and competed in nearly 46% of all World Series.
  • The Cardinals and Yankees have reached 37 combined Awards for the most valuable player. They have the most MVPs in their respective leagues and combine nearly 20% of all such honors in MLB history.
  • The Cardinals and Yankees have reached 94 combined Gold Glove Awards. They have the most winners in their respective leagues and collectively nearly 11% of all Gold Glove honors in MLB history.
  • The Cardinals and Yankees have teamed up for eight Cy Young Awards. While neither of them leads their respective leagues, together they have accounted for almost 6% of all Cy Young winners in MLB history.
  • 169 players have taken the field as batsmen or pitchers for both the Cardinals and Yankees.
  • 33 MLB Hall of Famers have selected Cardinals or Yankees as their primary teams.

What else to know ahead of the Cardinals-Yankees series

In Friday’s matchup, both the Cardinals and Yankees have players making strong MVP cases this year. Aaron Judge of New York leads all baseball with 43 home runs, 89 runs scored and 93 RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis leads the National League in batting average (.332), on-base percentage (.413), and slugging percentage (.614).

The upcoming series will mark a few friendly reunions. Matt Carpenter, who spent his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals, will make his first journey as an opponent. He’s enjoying a resurgence in the batter’s box, hitting .322 with 15 homers and 36 RBIs in just 43 games this season.

Jordan Montgomery, whom the Cardinals acquired from the Yankees in a last-minute trade deal just Tuesday, will start Saturday’s game against the Yankees. He brings a 22-20 record and a 3.94 ERA over six seasons to his Cardinals debut.

Outfielder Harrison Bader, who was just dealt to the Yankees in the Montgomery Deal, is injured this weekend and will not play in the series. There’s a chance he’ll be back at the stadium in the visitors’ dugout. Bader has provided the Cardinals with a solid defense for the past six years, along with a .246 batting average, 52 home runs and 168 RBIs in six seasons.

The New York Yankees lead the all-time regular-season series against the Cardinals with a 9-3 record, but the teams have only met four times outside of the Fall Classic prior to this series. Her only other time at Busch Stadium III was in 2014, the farewell season for longtime shortstop Derek Jeter.

The Cardinals had better luck against the Yankees in the World Series, winning three of five matchups, including the last head-to-head matchup in the Fall Classic in 1964. Cardinals Yankees: Legendary tale as baseball titans square off this weekend

Sarah Y. Kim

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