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April 04, 2011 | Volume 114, Issue 14

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Roy  Halladay Cover - Sports Illustrated April 04, 2011

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The Mariners made one of the best trades of the off-season, acquiring the premier defensive shortstop in baseball, Brendan Ryan, from the Cardinals in exchange for a second-tier pitching prospect....

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Can anyone beat the Phab Phour? With an aging Philadelphia lineup and the Braves improving, the race will be closer than you think

April 04, 2011 | TED KEITH
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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MVP:

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BEST CASE

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Who has a 7.62 career ERA and every chance to be a big story this year? Phillies reliever Scott Mathieson. The 27-year-old righthander was a well-regarded starting prospect five years ago, before...

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One of Bobby Cox's signature strengths was his ability to take pitchers of limited reputation and track record and assemble them into superior bullpens. In Fredi Gonzalez's first season as...

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As spring training headed into its final week, Chris Coghlan had played just a handful of innings in his new position, centerfield, and none of them in a major league game. A decision—moving the...

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The Nationals are justifiably excited about their young middle infielders, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa, but they're not deploying them properly. Desmond, 25, was the first to arrive in the...

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Even after releasing Luis Castillo in mid-March, the Mets had four candidates to play second base—and no one they could feel good about calling their second baseman. Here's an idea: Instead of...

April 04, 2011 | JOE LEMIRE
Something's brewing in Milwaukee and the Cards still have Albert, but the Reds, loaded with rising stars, are the class of the division—perhaps for years to come

April 04, 2011 | JOE LEMIRE
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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MVP: JOEY VOTTO, REDS

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BEST CASE

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Jonny Gomes has enough good qualities to be worth a roster spot. He mashes lefthanders (.276/.371/.507 in his career) and is a decent base runner for someone without great speed. What he's not is...

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To squeeze the most runs out of an NL lineup, sabermetricians believe, the pitcher should bat eighth. The benefit of having the number 9 hitter on base more often for the top of the lineup...

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Starlin Castro was one of the few bright spots for the Cubs in a miserable 2010 season. At 20, the shortstop hit .300/.347/.408 and held his own defensively, with his range making up for his...

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Signing Lance Berkman would have been a great move for any number of teams able to play the veteran on-base machine at first base or DH. But Berkman, 35, hasn't played the outfield since 2007. The...

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Since 2006, three organizations have handed Ronny Cedeno their starting shortstop job: the Cubs, Mariners and Pirates. Only once since then has Cedeno had an OBP above .300 (.328 for Chicago in...

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Last year the Astros drew 415 walks, the fewest of any team in the majors and 48 below the NL's next most impatient team, the Pirates. The 2011 version of the team may make the '10 Astros look...

April 04, 2011 | MATT GAGNE
Three things are certain in the wild West: Games will be taut, the race will be even tighter and the Giants have the pitching to repeat

April 04, 2011 | MATT GAGNE
MVP: TROY TULOWITZKI, ROCKIES

April 04, 2011 | MATT GAGNE
BEST CASE

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The Giants' big off-season signing was a 36-year-old whom two bad teams had rejected as a shortstop in the last year. Miguel Tejada rated as the third-worst defensive shortstop in baseball, by...

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As Todd Helton goes, so go the Rockies. The 2007 and '09 versions of the veteran first baseman played in at least 150 games, batted above .300 with .400 OBPs and slugging percentages approaching...

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Don Mattingly gets all the attention, but he wasn't the Dodgers' best hire this winter. By bringing home former star Davey Lopes, Los Angeles added one of the best baserunning coaches in baseball,...

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As much as the Padres would like to make a statement by retaining closer Heath Bell, who can become a free agent after the season, it makes little baseball sense to do so. With his reputation well...

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Kevin Towers's first off-season as Diamondbacks' G.M. was peculiar in that he didn't turn the team in the direction of youth. Instead, Towers signed a host of mediocre veterans, including Xavier...

April 04, 2011 | JEFF GREENFIELD
Bartman never interfered, Alou made the catch, and the Cubs won the National League pennant and went to the 2003 World Series

April 04, 2011 | JOE POSNANSKI
More than 50 media types with cameras and tape recorders and notepads shiver on the sideline of Swope Park Training Center in Kansas City, Mo., so they can watch an NFL wide receiver with a jersey...

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While Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941 was amazing and will likely never be matched, many fans are unaware of one of his other great achievements that year: striking out a mere 13...

April 04, 2011 | TERRY MCDONELL
Stephen Cannella walks the nonchalant walk of an athlete who also happens to be good at math. Unhurried, a vague smirk, unafraid of statistics. So how good was he? Cannella, SI's senior baseball...

April 04, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
A report on financial misconduct at the Fiesta Bowl reflects a broken BCS system

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Who's Hot

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WHO IS THE BEST FLOPPER IN THE GAME?

April 04, 2011 | Grant Wahl
The U.S. soccer team is moving up—at least in the company it keeps

April 04, 2011 | Grant Wahl
Engineers in Qatar unveiled a design for a remote-controlled, solar-powered artificial cloud, which they hope to float over games at the 2022 World Cup to provide shade from the scorching summer sun.

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Died

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9, 8, 1, 5, 3

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Geno Auriemma

April 04, 2011 | Ben Reiter
A newspaper icon breathes life into a classic MLB tale

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A look at three more significant baseball books out this spring

April 04, 2011 | Ben Reiter
Is your NCAA bracket busted? Join the crowd. March Madness, however, is clearly contagious, and bracket knockoffs abound—albeit some less sporty than others. SI rounded up the best of the rest,...

April 04, 2011 | Dan Patrick
Troy Polamalu

April 04, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Sophie Leclerc

April 04, 2011 | David Epstein
Is Blade Runner back on an Olympic track?

April 04, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
TOP SEEDS TUMBLED DURING A WILD WEEKEND THAT RESULTED IN THE HIGHEST COMBINATION OF FINAL FOUR SEEDS IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY

April 04, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
Follow @SItimlayden, @sethdavishoops, @lukewinn and @SIpablotorre throughout the Final Four

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For Luke Winn's up-to-the-minute tournament blog and video analysis from Seth Davis go to SI.com/cbb

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In the so-called mid-major semifinal, one team's lockdown defense will be constantly assaulted by the other's run-and-gun attack

April 04, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
A matchup of two storied programs (nine titles combined) and several future NBA first-round picks will produce plenty of points

April 04, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
Fascination with the fastball (a.k.a. smoke, cheese, cheddar, heat, gas) is as old as baseball itself. But now everyone—scouts, fans, Little League dads—is obsessed with differentiating between...

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Stuff: heaters and hammers, splitters and cutters, Uncle Charlies and Lord Charleses. Stuff describes the weaponry one side carries into the game's most elemental battle: pitcher versus batter....

April 04, 2011 | GARY SMITH
Are the Phillies' starters more powerful than a locomotive? Faster than a speeding bullet? Maybe. But in the City of Brotherly Love, fans care more about winning the World Series and making foes...

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PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

April 04, 2011 | BEN REITER
This winter the Yanks were rejected and the Rays were rebuilt. But the Red Sox reloaded and are primed to be the beasts of the East

April 04, 2011 | BEN REITER
MVP: CARL CRAWFORD, RED SOX

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BEST CASE

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Shortstop Jed Lowrie's career was derailed by his own body: Surgery on his left wrist cost him half of 2009—and crippled his bat in the other half—and he missed two months last year with mono. He...

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Derek Jeter was at the center of an extended controversy over the winter when the free agent and the Yankees played hardball over a new contract. Now that his finances are settled, expect the...

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Ben Zobrist was one of the game's best stories in 2009, making the All-Star team, earning MVP consideration and reaching career highs in, well, everything. He also played seven positions, and he...