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World Series matchups: Williams' picks

World Series matchups: Williams' picks

As the World Series approaches, MLB.com is asking experts to chime in on who has the edge at particular matchups. Players are ranked on a scale of 1-100, factoring in various statistical analyses, experience, recent performance and moxie.

Since both team's will determine their pitching rotations over the course of the series, all potential starting options are considered.

Additionally, in games at Yankee Stadium, Ben Francisco will play left field for the Phillies, with Raul Ibanez shifting to DH. Since the games Francisco will be starting will be the same ones that will be started by regular Yankees DH Hideki Matsui, that's the matchup here: Francisco vs. Matsui.

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With that criteria in mind, here's what MLB Network analyst and former Phillies closer Mitch Williams had to say ...

Position by Position Ratings and Analysis
Position Team Players Ratings Analysis
C PHI
NYY
Carlos Ruiz
Jorge Posada
82
82
Posada is stronger offensively / Ruiz stronger defensively.
1B PHI
NYY
Ryan Howard
Mark Teixeira
91
90
Teixeira is much better defensively but Howards ability to drive homers and knock in runs gives him the slight edge.
2B PHI
NYY
Chase Utley
Robinson Cano
93
89
Similar defensive players / Robbie has more range but Utley is a better all-around offensive player.
SS PHI
NYY
Jimmy Rollins
Derek Jeter
95
94
Rollins is the best defensive shortstop in baseball while Jeter hits for a better AVG .
3B PHI
NYY
Pedro Feliz
Alex Rodriguez
82
96
Feliz might be the better defensive player but A-Rod is just A-Rod.
LF PHI
NYY
Raul Ibanez
Johnny Damon
85
80
Similar defensive players but Ibanez has the edge offensively.
CF PHI
NYY
Shane Victorino
Melky Cabrera
90
(no ranking)
Cabrera has more range and a better arm defensively but Victorino is the better offensive player.
RF PHI
NYY
Jayson Werth
Nick Swisher
90
80
Same analysis as Victorino/Cabrera.
DH PHI
NYY
Ben Francisco
Hideki Matsui
80
83
Matsui is the better player.
Bench Phillies
Yankees
81
84
Yankees have more speed but the Phillies have more pop.
Starters PHI


NYY
Cliff Lee
Cole Hamels
Pedro Martinez
J.A. Happ
Joe Blanton

CC Sabathia
A.J. Burnett
Andy Pettitte
91
83
86
84
85

93
88
88
The rotations are closer than people think. I think it's a wash. It's the right decision to start Pedro game 2.
Closer PHI
NYY
Brad Lidge
Mariano Rivera
86
97
Rivera is the best closer of all-time.
Setup Phillies
Yankees
(no ranking) It's a wash.
Manager PHI
NYY
Charlie Manuel
Joe Girardi
96
90
Manuel has more big game experience and he's the best manager I've ever seen in handling personalities on a ballclub.
Projected Winning Team
Winning team Games Analysis
Phillies Five Phillies win in 5 as they take all 3 at home. Both teams are evenly matched, but I think the Phillies offense is on a roll right now and can't be stopped.
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