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ENEMY LINES
Albert Chen
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cubs
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April 05, 2004

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cubs

"Expectations are so high that if they don't get to the World Series their season will seem a failure, but ownership let G.M. Jim Hendry go out and get what he needed....

Relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Kent Mercker were key pickups. Mercker surprised me with his fastball—I had him at 90-92 [mph] this spring....

Defensively, this team is weak. Centerfielder Corey Patterson is going to do a lot of running because Moises Alou and Sammy Sosa don't get to a lot of balls....

Todd Walker is a liability at second—an AL player better suited to DH....

Catching is Chicago's biggest concern. Why would they get an unproven guy like Michael Barrett for such a great pitching staff? One day I saw Maddux shake him off four times before throwing a pitch. Barrett's not used to pressure situations....

Dusty Baker likes Patterson second in the order—he thinks he'll get more fastballs to hit with Sosa behind him—but his free-swinging style is better suited to lower in the lineup....

This is a very good team, but I also like I what Houston has done. It should be a great race."

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