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enemy Lines
Stephen Cannella
August 20, 2001
Two advance scouts, one from each league, reflect on what they saw and heard last week:
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August 20, 2001

Enemy Lines

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Two advance scouts, one from each league, reflect on what they saw and heard last week:

I'll be shocked if the Astros don't reach the playoffs. They have super young pitching, but what impresses me most is their outstanding lineup. Houston is the one National League team that could beat most American League clubs at their own game....

The Yankees' MVP is first baseman Tino Martinez, who was given up for dead after last year. It's another example of a guy in his contract year finding new motivation....

Braves righthander Jason Marquis is an up-and-comer. He's got a 96-mph fastball, a sharp slider and an overhand curve. His changeup is a little hard, but it has good action. It won't be long before Marquis [the No. 5 starter] passes righthander Kevin Millwood in the rotation....

By the time it's all over, the As will have run away with the American League wild card. Their pitching is terrific. Nobody in his right mind wants to face Oakland in the playoffs. Tim Hudson- Mark Mulder- Barry Zito is like Dwight Gooden- Ron Darling- Sid Fernandez of the old Mets. Scary with potential....

Even though he has struggled, I think Diamondbacks righthander Albie Lopez could be the answer as a No. 3 starter for Arizona. He just needs to stop trying to throw the ball through the catcher's head and start pitching to spots....

Angels infielder Benji Gil is hitting .324. That means someone stupid will give him a loaded three-year contract and watch him hit .240 again. It happens all the time.

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