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SCOUTING REPORTS

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AMAZIN'TURNAROUND
When the Mets and the Angels last met, in June 2008, New York was plagued bycontroversy and infighting, a .500 team in the midst of firing manager WillieRandolph. However, when the speedy Jose Reyes and his Mets—more cohesive underskipper Jerry Manuel—next run into Chone Figgins (9) and L.A., it will be inthe '09 World Series.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

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NATIONALLEAGUE

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CONSIDER THISBOXES COMPILED BY JOE SHEEHAN

* Wild card

PLAYER VALUERANKINGS
SI's David Sabino ranked the position players in the major leagues from 1 (thebest) to 425 and the pitchers from 1 to 350, based on projections of theirstatistical production this season. Each player's Player Value Ranking (PVR)appears next to his name in the scouting reports. For a complete list of PVRsby position, go to SI.com/bonus.

PLAYOFFPREDICTIONS

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AMERICAN LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES Yankees over TwinsAngels over Red Sox

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES Cubs over PhilliesMets over Dodgers

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Angels over Yankees

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Mets over Cubs

WORLD SERIES
Mets over Angels

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