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ENEMY LINES
Tom Verducci
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Angels
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Angels

"The Mo Vaughn trade was a great move. A new environment might give Kevin Appier a chance to shine. He hasn't pitched well this spring—he's throwing a lot of breaking balls, not throwing the fastball as much as he used to. He's not throwing a lot of strikes. He nibbles quite a bit. It looks like he's having trouble trusting his stuff. But I'm optimistic he'll break out of it because of his experience....

Ramon Ortiz has great stuff. He has a power fastball, but he falls in love with his slider too often....

Aaron Sele has good command of his breaking stuff and a good fastball. Still, I don't see him winning 15 again—more like 12....

They've got to find a guy to get them to Troy Percival. What a power year he had. He wasn't throwing his breaking ball in the dirt anymore, so you couldn't just look fastball....

Defensively they're very solid up the middle. David Eckstein and Adam Kennedy are limited in range, but what they get to, they catch....

Don't forget about Benji Gil. He swung the bat well last year, so they had to put him in the lineup. He could find himself in the number 2 spot....

Bengie Molina is going to have some trouble getting used to the new pitchers, figuring out what they like to do in a crisis....

The way Darin Erstad plays the game, at that speed he'll be injured again, but he'll still be good. He's got a football mentality where he won't allow himself to have another bad year. Tim Salmon's kind of the same. He feels cheated by what's happened the last couple of years."

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