Next to the Yankees, the Cardinals, Dodgers, A’s, Tigers, and Red Sox are the teams with the most pennants, and all are still in the playoffs. So you might think we’re very likely to see a World Series matchup we’ve seen before. If the Cardinals win the pennant, that’s true: they went up against the A’s in 1930 and 1931, the Tigers in 1934, 1968, and 2006, and the Red Sox in 1946, 1967, 2004.
But the Dodgers have never faced the Tigers or the Red Sox in the World Series. Basically, they won lots of pennants but just played the Yankees again and again.
I’m still holding out hope for the Pirates to take the National League pennant. If they do, they’ve got a chance to get revenge for their loss in the very first World Series, in 1903, 5 games to 3 to the team then known as the Boston Americans, now called the Red Sox.