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Tom Verducci
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rockies
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April 05, 2004

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rockies

"This is one of those teams that make you shake your head and wonder what the hell they're doing. Their 40-man roster is in shambles, and outside of Todd Helton and Preston Wilson everyone in the lineup is on The downside of their careers....

Helton has looked fantastic. It appears he's put on 15 pounds of muscle and is hitting balls into the next stratosphere....

The pitching staff is going to be a major question mark. Jason Jennings doesn't have anywhere near the stuff he's had in the past....

[Infielder] Luis Gonzalez is a guy TO keep an eye on. They picked him up in the Rule draft, and he's shown an ability to hit the ball all over the field....

I don't buy into the idea that Coors Field is going to turn guys like Royce Clayton, Jeromy Burnitz and Vinny Castilla into better hitters. Burnitz has been a home run or strikeout guy his entire career—Clayton too—and playing in Denver isn't going to change that....

You just get the feeling that it's not a happy camp, and if they get off to a bad start, things could get ugly really quick."