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ENEMY LINES
Phil Taylor
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the White Sox
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the White Sox

"This is a very explosive offensive club, and that's what's going to get it done in the AL Central....

Kenny Lofton played well in spring training. I've seen a new fire. Every once in a while a guy needs a change of scenery. The game seems to be fun for him again. He quit running the last year or two, but Jerry Manuel will cajole him and give him the green light. I could see Lofton hitting .300 and stealing 40 bases....

Paul Konerko has become a tremendous hitter. He handles every pitch in every location and hits for power and average. Magglio Ordo�ez is the same....

The Indians made a very good decision in getting rid of Sandy Alomar. His tools have deteriorated. He's the most overrated guy I've ever seen in terms of leadership and calling games. He doesn't catch it or throw it well, and he's done offensively....

Chicago's defense will be bad. First base is average at best, Ray Durham's O.K. but inconsistent, Carlos Lee is a train wreck, and Ordo�ez is average. Lofton takes bad routes and angles on the ball. He'll be on the highlight reel jumping over the wall, but he plays deep because he doesn't trust himself....

Jim Parque's stuff isn't back yet [after arm surgery last May], and that's a real concern. His fastball is 81, 82. It should be 87, 88....

Todd Ritchie has a heavy sinker, a hard slider and a good feel for his change. He's a notoriously slow starter, though. He started 0-8 last year and was 8-8 at one point....

Keith Foulke might be the most underrated closer in the game. He throws 90-94, and his change is a knockout-type pitch."

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