There are some intriguing possibilities to consider as we head towards the 2011 MLB postseason. If the season ended today, as they say, we would have upstarts like the Diamondbacks in the mix, teams coming into their own, such as the Brewers, and we would of course have a number of the usual suspects represented as well, specifically the Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Braves, Rangers and Tigers.
Of all the possible matchups for the World Series, we've chosen to dissect the matchup that many would like to see revisited, specifically the Yankees vs. Phillies. There is of course the 2009 World Series that the Phillies would like to avenge and, with all of the drama surrounding the free-agent signing of Cliff Lee during the 2010 offseason, there is now another level of tension involved.
We've broken the teams down by position and also compared the respective bullpens, starting staffs and likely bench players. The differences are stark in terms of the advantages each team possesses, and consequently the matchup would make for a clash of styles as much as substance.
Regular season statistics are difficult to quantify in such a a matchup, of course, simply because the teams play in different leagues with different rules. As statistics are all we have though, they will be the foundation of each comparison if not the only consideration taken into account.