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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Braves
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Braves

"This club is still pitching-strong. If I could take one of their starters, I'd take Jason Marquis. He has tremendous stuff. He'll climb the rotation fast—even this rotation....

Albie Lopez has been disappointing so far, but if he learns from watching Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, he'll be fine. Look at what happened with John Burkett last year....

Maddux and Glavine just keep getting people out. As smart as they are, if they lose a mile or two on their fastball, it doesn't matter....

I think Kevin Millwood will bounce back big. He missed John Smoltz more than anybody. They're similar pitchers, with the power fastball and hard breaking ball. Pitchers talk and can lead one another through rough times. Those relationships are important. When Smoltz left, Millwood's fastball went in the tank....

With a full season Smoltz will get 40 saves. I don't know what's left in his elbow to take out or reroute, but in one inning when he blasts that fastball and that slider and that split he's come up with, it's all you can handle. He's as good as it gets....

Chipper Jones will be average in left, but he'll get better as he learns the position. Gary Sheffield is no slouch defensively. Andruw Jones covers 90% of the field anyway....

Mark DeRosa is a solid defensive player with sneaky speed. He'll be a fine defensive backup in the infield....

Julio Franco is amazing. He just hits. He played every day in the Dominican League this winter and was getting two or three hits a day. I swear he'll go to the grave with his bat in his hand."

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