Matchups that will define World Series

Updated: October 24, 2012, 1:16 PM ET
By Buster Olney

SAN FRANCISCO -- The rays from the setting sun will be crawling up the hitter's eye as Game 1 of the World Series starts tonight. The shadows will make it even tougher for the Giants to hit Justin Verlander, the best pitcher on the planet, and could help Barry Zito.

The hitters vs. the shadows is one of the key matchups in this World Series. Here are others.

1. The Giants vs. their muddled rotation