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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EAST W L GB
NEW YORK YANKEES 97 65
BOSTON RED SOX* 96 66 1
TAMPA BAY RAYS 90 72 7
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 80 82 17
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 79 83 18
CENTRAL
MINNESOTA TWINS 85 77
CLEVELAND INDIANS 82 80 3
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 79 83 6
DETROIT TIGERS 77 85 8
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 74 88 11
WEST
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 86 76
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 81 81 5
TEXAS RANGERS 73 89 13
SEATTLE MARINERS 69 93 17

NATIONALLEAGUE

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EAST W L GB
NEW YORK METS 92 70
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES* 89 73 3
ATLANTA BRAVES 84 78 8
FLORIDA MARLINS 77 85 15
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 70 92 22
CENTRAL
CHICAGO CUBS 93 69
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 84 78 9
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 82 80 11
CINCINNATI REDS 80 82 13
HOUSTON ASTROS 70 92 23
PITTSBURGH PIRATES 64 98 29
WEST
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 88 74
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 87 75 1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 77 85 11
COLORADO ROCKIES 76 86 12
SAN DIEGO PADRES 69 93 19

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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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)