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ENEMY LINES
Jeff Pearlman
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mets
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mets

"This is the most improved team in baseball....

Bobby Valentine is a helluva manager. In 2000, when he led a so-so team to the World Series, that told me a lot. His ego is large, but his players like playing for him....

When I first scouted Mike Piazza, he was a terrible defensive catcher. Now I think he gets too much heat. He doesn't throw well, but he works hard on calling a game, and he takes care of his pitchers....

Jeromy Burnitz will strike out a lot, but he'll hit a ton of homers in that lineup....

Roger Cede�o's not a good outfielder, and he doesn't have a great idea at the plate. But man, can he run....

The Mets stole Roberto Alomar. He's the best all-around player on the team, Smart, hardworking, great glove....

Rey Ordo�ez isn't a good hitter, but in this lineup he might bat .270. He puts the ball in play, but he's too much of a free swinger....

If Jeff D'Amico stays healthy, the Brewers will shoot themselves. He's shown flashes of being a No. 2 or 3 starter on a championship club. He doesn't throw hard, but his precision is ungodly....

Pedro Astacio has a quality curveball and a good sinker, and all those years in Coors Field gave him thick skin....

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