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ENEMY LINES
Tom Verducci
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Diamondbacks
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April 05, 2004

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Diamondbacks

"People are going to be surprised when they see how well Randy Johnson comes back. He's made a change in his delivery, and his splitter has been filthy. He's going to have a big year....

Brandon Webb, on the other hand, has been terrible. He's a sinkerball pitcher who hasn't been able to get the ball below the letters, and there's some concern about his loss of velocity....

The rest of the rotation is a question mark. Shane Reynolds has been getting hammered and looks like he's tipping his pitches....

Watch out for Richie Sexson. He's really swinging the bat well and could be a 40-, 45-homer guy....

Robbie Alomar finally gets it. He's one of the first guys on the field every day and has taken Alex Cintron under his wing. Alomar has embraced the role of veteran leader....

Having Steve Finley bat leadoff is not a good idea; he doesn't have the skills for the job. I'd move Alomar to the top of the order and drop Finley into the five hole....

Luis Gonzalez's right elbow [torn ligament] is killing him. He won't complain, but he's out there playing on guts."

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