Everyone knows that the Philadelphia Phillies have one of the best rotations in the history of the game. Their rotation is so sound that it's a no-brainer they're going to be just about everyone's pick to win the World Series in 2012.
Such predictions tend to get old. Where's the fun in them?
I wanted to make a power ranking that had teams you'd never expect to be ranked low (the Phillies ain't first), and likewise for teams that no one would consider to be ranked so high...
Basically, I decided to go back to gym class—minus the awful stench and creepy instructor—and pick each team's two best players.
How did I choose these two players?
Well, there's a great statistic called WAR (wins above replacement) that is essentially tailor-made for determining which player has the biggest impact on a team's propensity for wins.
That being said, I've picked each team's best hitter and pitcher based largely on WAR (there were a few instances—such as Longoria over Zobrist, for example—where I chose a player with a slightly lower WAR).
So here we go, each team's two best players, hand-picked and pitted against every other team's two finest players.
Welcome to a little experiment I like to call the first-ever "WARld Series."
Note: I used WAR based on the data from www.fangraphs.com. If you aren't familiar with that site, it's high time you check it out...it's the site where I gathered all of my statistics, including FIP (fielding independent pitching).