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[ENEMY LINES]
Mark Bechtel
March 26, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Indians
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March 26, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Indians

If the Indians click on all cylinders, they'll have the best record in the league with a chance to win it all....

Robbie Alomar looks great. Awesome. He's had an outstanding spring and will have a big year....

Juan Gonzalez looks healthy and in great shape. He's going to hit a lot of home runs in that ballpark....

I love Jim Thome and Travis Fryman. They're true professionals. So is Ellis Burks. In San Francisco he seemed to be in the middle of all the rallies. How much he's got left in the tank is a question, but he'll be a major contributor. He could share leftfield with Russell Branyan, who will play third down the road. He's starting to figure it out—a guy with huge power who's making more contact....

Eddie Taubensee is a good hitting catcher who hits good pitching. He can turn around anybody's fastball....

Kenny Lofton's still strong defensively, but he's dropped off. There are some people in Cleveland who think he's the Indians' second-best defensive centerfielder, behind Jolbert Cabrera....

The pitching is good enough to win the division. The health of Chuck Finley is the key, especially in the playoffs, because he's had success against the Yankees and the A's. The wild card is Steve Karsay. Can he hold up over the rigors of a full season of starting?

... C.C. Sabathia is a kid who can help. He's a lefty who throws hard, but command and conditioning are keys for him. He's got electric stuff—like a young Arthur Rhodes but with a better delivery....

Bob Wickman doesn't have the same stuff he had five years ago. He's not in the same class as the closers for the other contenders.

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