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2003 MLB Scouting Reports

  March 31, 2003 cover
Walter Iooss Jr.
Sports Illustrated It is the only position in sports that elevates one player above all the rest on the field of play. The pitcher stands 10 inches above his fellow competitors, atop a mini-Olympus sculpted from the earth itself. It is where every bit of action in a baseball game begins.

With the mound officially turning 100 years old this season, it's only fitting that the theme of Sports Illustrated's 2003 Baseball Preview issue is pitching. The Yankees have more starters than starting slots, but they're not our pick to win it all. Scroll down below to see what West Coast club -- featuring a formidable Big Three -- we think will triumph in the World Series. Click on a team name for a complete scouting report, including thoughts from an opposing scout.

How They'll Finish
AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST CENTRAL WEST
1 Yankees (2) 1 Twins (8) 1 Athletics (1)
2 Red Sox (6)* 2 White Sox (15) 2 Angels (7)
3 Blue Jays (16) 3 Indians (22) 3 Mariners (11)
4 Orioles (25) 4 Royals (28) 4 Rangers (18)
5 Devil Rays (30) 5 Tigers (29)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST CENTRAL WEST
1 Braves (5) 1 Cardinals (4) 1 Diamondbacks (3)
2 Phillies (10) 2 Astros (9)* 2 Giants (12)
3 Mets (17) 3 Cubs (14) 3 Dodgers (13)
4 Marlins (20) 4 Reds (19) 4 Rockies (24)
5 Expos (21) 5 Pirates (23) 5 Padres (27)
6 Brewers (26)
*Wild-card team
(Overall rank in parentheses)

AL Division Series
  • Athletics over Red Sox
  • Yankees over Twins
  • NL Division Series
  • Diamondbacks over Astros
  • Cardinals over Braves
  • AL Championship Series
  • Athletics over Yankees
  • NL Championship Series
  • Diamondbacks over Cardinals

  • World Series
  • Athletics over Diamondbacks
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