SI asked major league scouts who have closely followed the playoff teams to help prepare reports on the four clubs in the League Championship Series. The scouts were promised anonymity in exchange for their candor. Here's what they revealed.
.350, 8 HRs, 69 RBIsWade Boggs with speed. Pitch him inside, otherwise he'll get comfortable and hit the ball all over.
.267, 25 HRs, 110 RBIsShowed power this year but hasn't been swinging well recently. Strikes out a lot. Can be pitched away.
.331, 37 HRs, 141 RBIs
Pressed against Indians and had awful series, swinging through fastballs and chasing soft stuff out of the zone.
.306, 23 HRs, 116 RBIsBest DH ever. Very dangerous in RBI situations but teams are starting to get him out up and away.
.302, 21 HRs, 95 RBIsLooks tired. Over last third of season good fastballs ate him up. Great hands on defense.
.292, 4 HRs, 33 RBIsSolid outfielder and good veteran to have around but offers little pop at a crucial power position.
.265, 10 HRs, 42 RBIsHandles pitchers well but won't throw out good base stealers. Not much help with the bat.
.260, 15 HRs, 64 RBIsAnother power position in which Mariners get little production. Likes ball middle in and down.