I heard it from a buddy of mine who's a Phillies fan.
I heard it on NY sports radio on the way in to work.
And I'm scratching my head a little, but I'm willing to be wrong, so I gave the lineups a quick glance:
Let's call Tex vs. Howard a push.
Obviously, Chase Utley is the best 2B in the game. We've known that for several year.
The Phillies have an edge in the outfield corners because of the quality of their defense; however, I've seen Raul Ibanez play left field in Yankee Stadium. I think that it's much closer that most commentators think.
The Yankees have a clear edge at DH, catcher, third base, and shortstop. DH, catcher and third base we all expected. But am I the only one a little surprised by how completely Jeter outclasses Rollins?
Centerfield is a trickier position to call. Victorino has Melky by 12 points of OPS+, a margin, but not a huge one. Melky has Victorino by 4 and half runs on defense. In centerfield, my gut goes with defense, but I'll call it a push.
What do you think?
I'll run down the pitching staffs this evening.