Almost always, Mike Matheny keeps his cool.

That's what you might notice at first about Tony La Russa's successor as St. Louis Cardinals manager, the inner fire without the bombast. It's what you see right now in the glare of October, when the moves pay off big time or fail miserably, and are endlessly dissected either way.

There's a difference in style, but winning is a given.

La Russa, who retired after winning the 2011 World Series, is sure the Cardinals got the right guy.