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[ENEMY LINES]
Jeffri Chadiha
March 26, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Astros
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March 26, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Astros

They will contend. With all that power, their style is more that of an American League team. It's a big change from their days playing in the Astrodome....

The outfield is a strength, with Lance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo and Moises Alou giving them a lot of power. They knew what they were doing a few years ago when they let Bobby Abreu go and held on to Hidalgo. Three years ago he was a rail of a kid. Now he gets bigger every year. He's always had great bat speed, and he's still coming....

They're worried about the inconsistency of Julio Lugo. He still has too much kid in him and can be erratic....

Keep an eye on Adam Everett, the shortstop they got from Boston in the Carl Everett deal. He's getting bigger and stronger. Defensively, he can play in the big leagues now....

Coming off knee surgery, Craig Biggio ran well in camp and should be 100% by season's start, but you won't see the stolen base numbers he's put up in the past....

They have a lot of good young pitching coming; Wade Miller, Tony McKnight and Wayne Franklin will all help. I'd rate their young pitching right up there, a little bit better than Atlanta's....

Octavio Dotel's an interesting guy. He has a plus arm and could go either way, to the front of the rotation or the back of the bullpen....

Jose Lima will bounce back and win 15 games. He was overwhelmed by the switch to Enron Field....

The key is how the guys in front of Billy Wagner turn out. Jay Powell and Doug Brocail have some health questions with their arms.

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