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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants
Phil Taylor
March 31, 2003
This club has a great baseball man in Felipe Alou, but he's not a great game manager. It'll be interesting to see how pitchers react, because he'll use a very I quick hook....
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March 31, 2003

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

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This club has a great baseball man in Felipe Alou, but he's not a great game manager. It'll be interesting to see how pitchers react, because he'll use a very I quick hook....

Jason Schmidt still has a rep as a softy—electric stuff but happy to win 12 to 14 games. Damian Moss has a good changeup, but if he's not perfect, he'll get rocked. Kirk Rueter is one of the game's smartest pitchers. He works in, works out, and he wants the ball....

Felix Rodriguez would be one of baseball's best closers if he weren't so damn stubborn. He comes to spring training and throws nothing but fastballs, because that's what got him here. Well, guess what, Felix? Major league hitters clobber fastballs, especially when they know they're coming....

Marquis Grissom did well in L.A. last year, because he didn't play regularly. The Giants will be asking him to hit righthanded pitching, and I'll be surprised if he bats over .250. J.T. Snow has no power left....

Some people think Edgardo Alfonzo isn't 100 percent healthy, but if he is, he'll hit 25 homers and bat .300—an even exchange for Kent....

Barry Bonds remains unbelievable. He'll probably hit 55 homers if they pitch to him, but I still find him to be a real clubhouse problem."

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