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

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Braves

"Start with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Kevin Millwood and you've got a pretty good team. Terry Mulholland is fine as the No. 4 starter. He's got a rubber arm....

The Braves are looking for another pitcher because they don't have much at No. 5. Bruce Chen is a No. 5 on a lot of clubs, not just the Braves. His stuff is ordinary. Atlanta has usually had that young starter waiting in the wings. They don't now....

Reliever Kerry Ligtenberg is throwing 91 mph and looks good, but the true test for guys coming off Tommy John surgery is when they start throwing their off-speed pitches....

A key for Atlanta is third baseman Chipper Jones. He has bone chips in his elbow, and they could turn into a problem....

It's amazing how good Andres Galarraga looked in spring training. He really swung the bat well....

Second baseman Quilvio Veras isn't a true leadoff hitter—he doesn't take walks—but he's better than the guy he's replacing, Gerald Williams....

The outfield is good, with Brian Jordan, Reggie Sanders (when he's not hurt) and Andruw Jones (when he wants to play)."

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