Scouting the Angels
Updated: October 5, 2004, 12:11 AM ETBy Buck Martinez | ESPN Insider
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David Eckstein: Great leadoff hitter who handles the bat well. He sets the tone for the offense. Battles at the plate with a "work-the-count" approach.
Better fastball hitter out over the plate. Doesn't strike out much. Good hit-and-run guy.
One of the best bunters in the league. Can sacrifice or bunt for a base hit down either line.
Takes fastball early in the game to set up first-pitch fastballs later on. Stays in the middle of the field. Will expand the zone away, chasing sliders down and off the plate with two strikes.
Must keep him off the base to beat the Angels. He will steal even though he isn't a burner. Runs (2nd and 3rd) early in the count.
Sure-handed SS with limited range who makes all the plays. Positions himself well in the field and is fearless around the bag on DPs.
Big heart. Always thinking about sparking the offense with walk, bunt for base hit, squeeze; whatever it takes to win.
Scioscia and Buddy Black, the pitching coach, are a very effective combination that handles the staff very well. They have worked all season without a left-hander in the 'pen.
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