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HOW THEY'LL FINISH

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST

NEW YORK METS

91

71

--

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

86

76

5.0

ATLANTA BRAVES

85

77

6.0

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

73

89

18.0

FLORIDA MARLINS

72

90

19.0

CENTRAL

CHICAGO CUBS

91

71

--

CINCINNATI REDS

87

75

4.0

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

85

77

6.0

HOUSTON ASTROS

74

88

17.0

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

73

89

18.0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

70

92

21.0

WEST

COLORADO ROCKIES

89

73

--

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

88

74

1.0

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

85

77

4.0

SAN DIEGO PADRES

79

83

10.0

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

68

94

21.0

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

Tigers over Red Sox
Yankees over Angels
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

TIGERS
over
YANKEES

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES

Cubs over Diamondbacks
Rockies over Mets
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

CUBS
over
ROCKIES

WORLD SERIES TIGERS
OVER
CUBS

PLAYER VALUE RANKINGS SI's David Sabino ranked the position players in the major leagues from 1 (the best) to 425 and the pitchers from 1 to 350, based on projections of their statistical production this season. Each player's Player Value Ranking (PVR) appears next to his name in the following scouting reports. For a complete list of PVRs by position, go to SI.com/fantasy.

CONSIDER THIS boxes compiled by Baseball Prospectus (baseballprospectus.com) writers Nate Silver (AL) and Joe Sheehan (NL). In some boxes there is a reference to PECOTA, which is a BP prediction model that projects a player's numbers based on the performances of up to 100 statistically comparable players.

PHOTO

Photograph by Matt A. Brown

THE HIGH LIFE After falling short of the playoffs last year, Todd Jones and the Tigers will rise all the way back to the World Series. For Vladimir Guerrero and the Angels, they're a safe bet to be playing in October too.