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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Reds
Jeff Pearlman
March 31, 2003
Management is always foolishly optimistic, and there are a lot of concerns about this rotation. Danny Graves has good stuff, but how many innings can he work? Jimmy Haynes had a good year in 2002, but he's not the smartest pitcher and he could fall off. Ryan Dempster has potential, but when will it kick in? Paul Wilson is good for five or six innings, maximum, before he falters. I wonder how long Chris Reitsma can last on just a fastball and a change....
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March 31, 2003

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

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Management is always foolishly optimistic, and there are a lot of concerns about this rotation. Danny Graves has good stuff, but how many innings can he work? Jimmy Haynes had a good year in 2002, but he's not the smartest pitcher and he could fall off. Ryan Dempster has potential, but when will it kick in? Paul Wilson is good for five or six innings, maximum, before he falters. I wonder how long Chris Reitsma can last on just a fastball and a change....

Will Scott Williamson be healthy enough to close?...

If all those pitchers have good years, the Reds will have a solid staff, but that never happens. Their hitters expand the zone and get themselves out too often. The on-base percentage for this group [.330] is poor. The exception is Adam Dunn, who walked a lot because he was one of the only threats in the lineup....

Second baseman Aaron Boone has struggled turning the double play. He's better at third, but they've got to make room for phenom Brandon Larson....

It seems like Barry Larkin is 80 years old. He's on the downside but still makes plays....

Ken Griffey Jr. is not a bad guy, but he's been hardened by the criticism in Cincinnati. Getting his mind right is the key."

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