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Scouting Reports

April 04, 2005
April 04, 2005

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April 4, 2005

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SI's Rankings

This is an article from the April 4, 2005 issue

1. New York Yankees

2. Boston Red Sox

3. Atlanta Braves

4. St. Louis Cardinals

5. Minnesota Twins

6. Los Angeles Angels

7. San Francisco Giants

8. Florida Marlins

9. Chicago Cubs

10. Cleveland Indians

11. Houston Astros

12. New York Mets

13. Los Angeles Dodgers

14. Texas Rangers

15. Oakland Athletics

16. Philadelphia Phillies

17. Chicago White Sox

18. San Diego Padres

19. Baltimore Orioles

20. Toronto Blue Jays

21. Detroit Tigers

22. Seattle Mariners

23. Cincinnati Reds

24. Milwaukee Brewers

25. Arizona Diamondbacks

26. Pittsburgh Pirates

27. Washington Nationals

28. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

29. Colorado Rockies

30. Kansas City Royals

How They'll Finish

(OVERALL RANK IN PARENTHESES)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

EAST

1. Yankees (1)

2. Red Sox* (2)

3. Orioles (19)

4. Blue Jays (20)

5. Devil Rays (28)

CENTRAL

1. Twins (5)

2. Indians (10)

3. White Sox (17)

4. Tigers (21)

5. Royals (30)

WEST

1. Angels (6)

2. Rangers (14)

3. Athletics (15)

4. Mariners (22)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST

1. Braves (3)

2. Marlins* (8)

3. Mets (12)

4. Phillies (16)

5. Nationals (27)

CENTRAL

1. Cardinals (4)

2. Cubs (9)

3. Astros (11)

4. Reds (23)

5. Brewers (24)

6. Pirates (26)

WEST

1. Giants (7)

2. Dodgers (13)

3. Padres (18)

4. Diamondbacks (25)

5. Rockies (29)

*Wild-card team

Playoff Predictions

AMERICAN LEAGUE

DIVISION SERIES

Yankees over Angels

Red Sox over Twins

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Yankees over Red Sox

NATIONAL LEAGUE

DIVISION SERIES

Braves over Giants

Cardinals over Marlins

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Braves over Cardinals

World Series

Yankees over Braves

PLAYER VALUE RANKINGS SI ranked the position players in the major leagues from 1 (the best) to 450 and the pitchers from 1 to 400, based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The categories considered for position players were batting average, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases; for pitchers the categories were wins, saves, ERA and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched). We also took into account each player's career stats as well as his role on his team, his prospects for improving or declining, his injury history and physical condition. Using these criteria, SI determined each player's value ranking, or PVR, which appears next to his name in his team's projected roster in our scouting reports. For a complete list of PVRs by position, go to si.com/fantasy.

Projected rosters, In Facts and Player Value Rankings compiled by David Sabino.

Scores, team schedules, complete rosters and career stats on every player, plus the latest news and analysis from Tom Verducci at SI.com/baseball.

COLOR PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK SOLOMON CLOSE CALL   Look for Rafael Furcal and the Braves to slide past Ray Durham's Giants on their way to their first World Series in six years.