The Cardinals had made the World Series the previous two seasons and had won the 2004 League Championship. A recap of the series:
Game 1: STL 5, KC 4 – Westbrook pitched strong 7+ innings, Burnitz drives in a pair
Game 2: STL 4, KC 0 – Dontrelle Willis and Chad Cordero combine on six hit shutout, Konerko gets three hits including a homer
Game 3: KC 7, STL 2 – Capuano gets win; top of the order Mauer, Young and Shelton go 8 for 17
Game 4: KC 4, STL 3 – Royals score deciding run in 9th via a Carlos Beltran single, a Joe Mauer walk and a RBI-single by John Rodriguez.
Game 5: KC 2, STL 0 – Paul Byrd and three relievers shutout Redbirds, Matt Lecroy hits homer off Willis
Game 6: KC 5, STL 3 – Capuano wins second in series, former Cardinal Lecroy hits another homer