SI Vault
 
enemy Lines
Stephen Cannella
June 18, 2001
Two advance scouts, one from each league, reflect on what they saw and heard last week.
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
June 18, 2001

Enemy Lines

View CoverRead All Articles

Two advance scouts, one from each league, reflect on what they saw and heard last week.

One thing interleague play has shown me is that the National League has about two thirds the number of [quality] hitters that the American League has. There are so few outs in most AL lineups. You can seethe difference in philosophy: The NL is still geared toward pitching and manufacturing runs. Any free-agent pitcher who signs with an AL team is crazy....

The Devil Rays found their first bright spot of the season in lefthander Joe Kennedy. He reminds me a little bit of Twins lefty Eric Milton—good curve and changeup, and a fastball up around 94 mph that he moves in and out. He fell behind Carlos Delgado 2 and 1 and threw a fastball by him. You don't see that often....

You can't get Barry Bonds out right now, so there is no reason to pitch to him with the game on the line. The Giants really miss having Ellis Burks [now with the Indians] in the middle of their rallies, as he was last year. That guy brought a reliability factor that San Francisco doesn't have now....

I thought the Phillies would miss catcher Mike Lieberthal when he went down for the season, but so far Johnny Estrada has done a good job. He looks as if he has a chance to be a solid every-day catcher. As for Philadelphia lefthander Omar Daal (7-1), I don't know how he does it. His fastball is [unimpressive]. If he were pitching a game in college, all the scouts would pack up their stuff and go home.

1