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Peter Gammons
October 03, 1988
A scout's-eye view of the leading players in the battles for the league pennants—and berths in the World Series
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October 03, 1988

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Tracy Woodson, 1b. His big looping cut gives him little chance against lefties Fernandez and Myers. Good defense at first or third.

Orel Hershiser, rhp. Best pitcher in the league over last three years. Rare combination of hard sinker and nasty curve. Good fielder, holds runners, hits.

John Tudor, lhp. No pitcher makes good hitters look so bad. Gets sneaky heat in on righties. Throws dead-fish changeup away and little curve to lefties.

Tim Leary, rhp. Tired after 100 innings in Mexico and 220-plus for Dodgers. No finesse: throws every pitch—fastball, killer split-finger—hard.

Tim Belcher, rhp. Hitters know 94-mph heat is coming, but he still throws it by them. Also has hard slider. Loses it quickly in sixth or seventh inning.

Jay Howell, rhp. Throws everything to the max: fastball, slurve. Gets big K's. Main setup man is former starter Pena.


Len Dykstra, cf. Patient leadoff man. Will take close 3-1 pitch to get on. Bunts, pulls ball with surprising power, steals. Good outfielder.

Mookie Wilson, cf. Always ready for a fastball and dangerous when he gets one. Is 10 for 28 against Hershiser. Exciting runner. Weak arm.

Gregg Jefferies, 3b-2b. Gorgeous swing from both sides. Little guy with short arms, but instincts get him by in the field and make him excellent base runner.

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