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.

With that criteria in mind, here's what Baseball Prospectus' Joe Sheehan had to say ...

Position by Position Ratings and Analysis
Position Team Players Ratings Analysis
C PHI
NYY
Carlos Ruiz
Jorge Posada
78
83
Ruiz is a defense-first catcher who throws well and does everything else better, and emphasizes contact at the plate. Posada can't throw at all, and takes the Yankee approach--patience and power--to the batter's box. Jose Molina will get starts when A.J. Burnett pitches.
1B PHI
NYY
Ryan Howard
Mark Teixeira
90
97
Howard is the most dangerous weapon in baseball against right-handed pitching, with power to all parts of the park against all pitches.His improved defense this year didn't include throwing, so he's error-prone, and he struggles against lefties. Teixeira is as complete a ballplayer as you can be as a first baseman, with power and patience from both sides of the plate and a defensive game with no holes.
2B PHI
NYY
Chase Utley
Robinson Cano
98
88
The closest thing to a perfect player, Utley combines every offensive skill with the best defense in baseball at an up-the-middle position. Cano brings some of those skills, but is mistake-prone in the field and doesn't get on base quite as well.
SS PHI
NYY
Jimmy Rollins
Derek Jeter
85
93
Jeter's defense this year was the best of his career, and he combined it with one of his best offensive performances. Rollins' postseason heroics have hidden that his inability to reach base damages the Phillies' offense. They need him.
3B PHI
NYY
Pedro Feliz
Alex Rodriguez
77
94
The weak spot in the Phillies' lineup keeps his job because of stellar defense that almost makes up for his poor bat. Rodriguez bounced back from hip surgery to have a strong year and is quieting his critics with a heroic postseason.
LF PHI
NYY
Raul Ibanez
Johnny Damon
86
84
The weakest defensive matchup of the Series features two veteran hitters who haven't declined much in their late 30s. Ibanez ended up with his usual numbers after a hot start, while Damon used New Yankees Stadium to have a big power year.
CF PHI
NYY
Shane Victorino
Melky Cabrera
91
82
The Phillies' biggest edge is here, where Victorino is better in every phase of the game except throwing. Cabrera plays for his glove, which is strong, and even the worst Yankee hitter is about league average.
RF PHI
NYY
Jayson Werth
Nick Swisher
90
87
Swisher isn't the out machine he's looked like this month, and is in fact a similar player to Werth, working counts, hitting for power, not making a lot of contact. Werth runs and plays defense a bit better
DH PHI
NYY
Ben Francisco
Hideki Matsui
78
89
The Phillies' lack of a righty thumper on the bench hurts them against the Yankees, who may start five lefties in seven games. Francisco is usually Ibanez' legs, and is a good fourth outfielder with a little pop. Matsui had his best season in years.
Bench Phillies
Yankees
84
85
The Phillies' have two excellent PHs in Matt Stairs and Greg Dobbs, but that's about it. The Yankees counter with speed in Brett Gardner and Jerry Hairston Jr. Girardi uses his bench more.
Starter PHI


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

CC Sabathia
A.J. Burnett
Andy Pettitte
Chad Gaudin
94
90
88
88
88

95
87
90
72
Sabathia has the dough, but Lee matches up nicely with him, and the Phillies have the edge, overall, in the games Sabathia doesn't start. Hamels may be underrated due to recent performances, and is a sleeper candidate for a big World Series.
Closer PHI
NYY
Brad Lidge
Mariano Rivera
75
100
Rivera's track record is well-known, and his cut fastball matches up well against the Phillies' lefty lineup. Lidge hasn't given up a run in the postseason, but it's just five innings, and he's been shaky at times. He's still a major weak spot for this team.
Setup Phillies
Yankees
84
91
Manuel has patched his bullpen issues by using starters out of the pen, but getting Chan Ho Park back seems to have stabilized the roles. Even at that, the Yankees' combination of Philip Hughes and assorted matchup pitchers is a bit stronger.
Manager PHI
NYY
Charlie Manuel
Joe Girardi
95
84
Manuel has quietly become a strong tactical manager, rarely making a big mistake. Girardi is prone to overmanaging, falling in love with matchups and smallball. He doesn't need to push so many buttons with this team.
Projected Winning Team
Winning team Games Analysis
Yankees Six In spite of their manager the Yankees edge in starting pitching is the difference and the decision by Manuel to start Pedro in game 2 comes back to haunt him. A-Rod win the MVP but there will be some nights where you will think you are watching beer league softball.