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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Yankees
Daniel G. Habib
March 31, 2003
I think George Steinbrenner has gotten into Derek Jeter's head because it seems as if something's bothering the shortstop. He's bobbling balls he doesn't usually mishandle. I saw him strike out on a pitch over his head. He's not himself....
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March 31, 2003

Enemy Lines An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Yankees

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I think George Steinbrenner has gotten into Derek Jeter's head because it seems as if something's bothering the shortstop. He's bobbling balls he doesn't usually mishandle. I saw him strike out on a pitch over his head. He's not himself....

I haven't seen this supposed greatness in Hideki Matsui. He's got a quick bat and some power, and he has a decent arm, but is he living up to the hype? I don't think so....

Robin Ventura cannot move that well in the field, so they're going to rest him every three or four days and use Todd Zeile in his place at third....

They still have one of the better pitching staffs: Roger Clemens looks sharp, Mike Mussina will win another 16 or 17 games, Andy Pettitte is still good, David Wells is a question mark only because of the crap with his book, and Jeff Weaver has pitched well enough to be the fifth starter....

Chris Hammond is a damn good acquisition. He'll sink the ball, he'll cut the ball, and he'll change speeds. He'll get righthanders out with that change that dives away from them....

Jose Contreras has decent stuff—he throws 92 to 96 miles per hour and has a good slider and a decent splitter—but he hasn't been able to get it over the plate.

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