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Jeff Pearlman
March 27, 2000
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Devil Rays
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March 27, 2000

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Devil Rays

"Pitching remains a big question I mark for Tampa Bay—the bullpen might be better than the starters. A lot depends on whether Wilson Alvarez is sound, but I'm not sure he's fully healthy....

Steve Trachsel couldn't win in the National League, so I don't expect much from him. Juan Guzman can win 10 to 12 games. Ryan Rupe could wind up being the star of this staff....

In the bullpen Jim Mecir and Rick White do the job getting to Roberto Hernandez. I like Bryan Rekar's stuff. He or Esteban Yan will be No. 5 in the rotation, with the other pitching out of the pen. Albie Lopez has damn good stuff, but I don't know if he'll ever get his head on straight. I question his makeup....

Four guys will hit a lot of home runs: Vinny Castilla, Greg Vaughn, Fred McGriff and Jose Canseco. The Devil Rays still lack speed and aren't very good defensively, though in some cases they're better than last year....

They're weak up the middle with second baseman Miguel Cairo and shortstop Kevin Stocker, who isn't a very good offensive player I and is only adequate defensively."