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Tom Verducci's View
Tom Verducci
April 26, 2004
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April 26, 2004

Tom Verducci's View

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1. Managers need to think outside the traditional construct of a lineup. Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa stuck with the speedy table-setters notion by batting Tony Womack and Marlon Anderson one-two, even though their career on-base percentages (.316 and .317, respectively) are well below average. That pushed Edgar Renteria, a much better hitter who should bat first or second, to sixth unnecessarily.

2. White Sox closer Billy Koch used to get by without movement on his fastball when he was throwing it in the high 90s. However, now that he's in the low 90s, hitters are catching up to his straight heater.

3. For those who took the over on seven games in the J.D. Drew injury pool, better luck next time. And who could have guessed that Larry Walker, Carl Everett, Nick Johnson, Jeffrey Hammonds and Cliff Floyd and Kenny Lofton also would be hurt already?

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