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[ENEMY LINES]
Stephen Cannella
March 26, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rangers
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March 26, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rangers

You can make the case that the middle of the Rangers' lineup is as good as anybody's. But I don't think they can contend with Oakland. It's not as if they have the only big offense in the division. It would be different if they were like the '95 Indians and were the only team that could really mash like that....

The other big problem is that there are a lot of rings around the old tree. Rafael Palmeiro, Andres Galarraga, Ken Caminiti, Randy Velarde—all are 35-plus guys with injury histories....

Rusty Greer is a major question mark because of his ankle problems. He may be on the down side of his career, and he must get on base in front of the thunder guys....

They're going to keep Ricky Ledee as insurance against the other two outfielders- Ruben Mateo, who they're really counting on, and Gabe Kapler, who's interesting. I think Kapler will do better if they leave him in a corner outfield spot [as opposed to center] and just let him concentrate on his offense....

This staff has only one guy with legit power stuff, and it's Tim Crabtree, and he has an awful lot to prove as a closer. A lot of guys who can pitch the eighth can't pitch the ninth....

Rick Helling and Kenny Rogers are the 1-2 starters when they should be 2-3....

This team is so short on pitching that Pat Mahomes is in the mix for the No. 5 starter spot, and Jeff Brantley and his 83-mph fastball could be a middle innings guy....

Alex Rodriguez isn't running as well as when he came up. He's had some ankle and knee injuries. But he'll push 50 home runs in Texas. That park plays like the Kingdome.

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