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

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mariners

"There's no way Jamie Moyer can keep winning 20 games. One pitch is 79 mph, the next is 83 mph. You just can't fool guys forever....

James Baldwin will not give the Mariners what they're looking for. Last year he changed his arm angle, and he tried to compensate for his lack of arm strength with guts. He has a lot of guts, but it's not enough. He used to throw 94, 95 mph with a good breaking ball. I don't think he can do it anymore....

It'll be interesting to see how clubs pitch Ichiro [ Suzuki] after watching tapes all winter. I would bust him in where he can't do anything except pull the ball foul, then pitch him away. He jail-breaks on his swing, so if you bust him inside, how's he gonna handle a two-seamer away from a righty? That said, the guy is a magician. If he hits a two- or three-bouncer to short, the guy might as well put the ball in his pocket....

I can't see Bret Boone having that kind of year again, but he's still one of the best. I'd take him over Craig Biggio in every area. He turns the DP as well as anyone except Fernando Vi�a, and he's hard-nosed....

Jeff Cirillo is a nice upgrade over David Bell at third. Cirillo's automatic: a .300 average, 80-90 RBIs and 15 homers. If he drops to .299, he'll go home, beat his dog and swing in the backyard until his hands are rough. He's a pro's pro....

Ben Davis is not a catcher that pitchers enjoy throwing to. They say he's not too smart....

I love Mike Cameron. He's a throwback. He'll never put up Griffey-type numbers, but he's become his equal as an outfielder, and his attitude is 1,000 times better."

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