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SI asked major league scouts who closely followed the Division Series to analyze the four teams in the League Championship Series. The scouts were promised anonymity in exchange for their candor. Here's what they revealed. (Players listed with 2002 regular-season stats.)
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Jarrod Washburn, LHP (18-6, 3.15 ERA). He's frustrating for a hitter because he gets away with throwing 80% to 90% fastballs and cutters. Teams that take him deep into counts give him trouble.
Kevin Appier, RHP (14-12, 3.92 ERA). This guy battles, but he needs offensive support because he gives up runs. Has an ordinary fastball, a pretty good splitter and a slurvy slider.
Ramon Ortiz, RHP (15-9, 3.77 ERA). His inconsistency must drive the Angels crazy. He's prone to overthrowing, which makes him wild in the strike zone; that's why he gives up so many home runs. But he's got a real good fastball and slider.
John Lackey, RHP (9-4, 3.66 ERA). He has a good enough fastball and breaking ball to be a real solid rotation guy for a while.