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JASON HEYWARD, BRAVES
He received some MVP votes as a 21-year-old rookie, when he hit 18 home runs and had a .393 OBP and .456 slugging percentage despite a bothersome thumb injury. With a year's experience, Heyward should put up even better numbers in the middle of a potent Atlanta lineup.
ROY HALLADAY, PHILLIES
Even Cliff Lee concedes that Doc is first among equals in the Phillies' rotation: "He's the best; nobody can dispute that." Halladay is coming off a Cy Young season in which he led the league in wins, shutouts, complete games and K/BB while pitching a perfect game—and that no-hitter in the postseason.
DAVID WRIGHT, METS
For the Mets to have any hope of contending—and it's a very slim hope—they need one of their few stars who doesn't have injury or age concerns to play at his peak level. Until Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran can show they've rebounded from their injuries, Wright is the Mets' only serious power hitter.
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