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j.C—LUBBOGK AVALANCHEvJOURNAL~Prid<y Evening. April 4. 1976 .^•••k^ . T ' — - —~ ' •'" '•. . • ? By'lOLTOX RICHMAN NEW YOHK (UPI) - 1 saw two ball clubs this spring which stuck out over all" 1 the rest, and these are the two I'm picking to wlh—Baltimore in the Amcri- cnji League East and CJncirei in the National League West. Oakland no longer has Catfish Hunter 1W still, has , enough to make Jt five in a -row in the American League West. That leayes-QnJy ifo .NatigrvaJ Lijague Ea$i where every. : club in the division Js beset J by obylous weaknesses. : '• f • Pittsburgh and St, Louas both Jaelj starting pitchers; Philadelphia has a problem in the outiield as well as another possible one in the bullpen and Js'ew York needs relief pitching, a third baseman, and someom who can ptay cenlcrfield every day.and play it right. I'm going with the Phillies because their pitching is better thap the Cardinals', their infield is strong up the middle, and wllh Mite Greg Tennis Club Sets Year's Schedule HOBBS, N.M. (Special)—The Hobbs Tennis Club launches its season with a two-day tournament this weekend. dub officials have released a schedule featuring 15 tournaments, including a season-opening lucky draw mixed doubles event to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Hobbs High School tennis courts. TVe main event on the schedule 1 is the Hobbs Open Aug. 710, ; an event which last year attracted some of the finest amateur tennis players in the •Southwest. Club officials are accepting memberships from players in Hobbs and surrounding areas. They said single memberships are Jl? and family memberships ,are S3. Other tournaments scheduled include a men's and women's doubles tourney April 19, mixed doubles on May 3, men's and women's singles on May 17, lucky draw doubles on May.,31, lucky draw mixed -doubles on June -14 and-men's and women's singles on June 28. Also scheduled are the lucky draw mixed doubles on July 12, men's and women's singles on July 26, Club Championship on Aug. 23, mixed doubles on Sept. 8, parent-child on Sept. 20, A, B (and G; division singles,. lucky draw doubles on Oct. 4 and lucky draw mixed doubles on Oct. IS. ; Luzhiski and. Willie Montanez, they've got themselves some sock. Up «nd down, here's the way pick 'em: AMERICAN LEAGUE Ea«t • . . • • •;. j Baltimore Oakland" Milwaukee . , Minnesota New York' ' ; ; • 'j'-,Texas Boston California Cleveland Kansas City Detroit NATIONAL LEAGUE; Chicago East Philadelphia St. Louis ' Pittsburgh New York Montreal Chicago West Cincinnati Los Angeles Houston San Diegoo San Francisco ' Atlanta erf the things been saying Almost as good .as you 'can get at every position, the Orioles didn't come up with the kind of big names the , Yanks did during the winter, but the three men they added—Ken Singleton, Lee May and Mike Torrez— could make more of an overall conti-ibutaon than Bobby Bonds and Hunter. The Orioles beat the Yanks last soason with Jim Palmer having' a poor year. Suddenly he's loofchiR like the old Palmer again, novv. Brewers are the coming club. Most of them -are young. Robin Yount has All-Star written all over him, possibly even for 1he next 10 years. Hank Aaron has to help. He can't run much anymore, but as a DH, he doesn't have to. He can still hit.' Cariton ..., „. around for the~ Red Sox!'^ey need help. Luis Tiant and Hll Lee can't do all the pitching. That's why the club still is angling for Gaylord Perry. , . Frank Robinson doesn't have to wait to find out the Indians' chief problem. He knows it right now—relief pitching. : And did you see how Ralph Houk tried motivating, hte Tigers? He hollered about some f^t *l_J. .At-l' - _ i • ' ...... reporters about his have club. counting on Wilbur Wood to win 20 again. One year he won't. Tightest race shapes up in the ; National League West where the Reds and Dodgers easily are the best of the lot. Dodgers' pitching gives them an edge there, but the Reds get a boost with Gary Nolan back, Dodgers' don't have the firepower generated by Johnny Bench Tony. Perez, and Joe Morgan' Pete Rose is a big plus all by himself. Also, That!? going to win Mm a lot of ball Aead-to-head, the Rangers beat the A's last year. They 1 feel they- can take it all this year,., particularly now that Oakland doesn't have Hunt^ anyrqore. Maybe, but in some respects, the Twins are stronger than the Rangers, possibly even strong enough to -challenge the A's if Bert Blyleven, : Joe Decker and Dave Qoltz come up with the kind of pitching to match toe Twins' hitting. ' Angels' pitching can get Oiem ouli . of the cellar. There's one big however. If Nolan Ryan is out for. any length of time, Dick WiMams' cre\y is a good bet for last, place, again. What tiic Royals need is a couple more Steve Busbys. If they have 'em, they're hiding em. White Sox are substantially the some club they were last fear minus Dick Allen. They haven't found anybody to pick Up his bat. That means they're gonna find a where better are you shortstop young outfielders in Dave WfatfieW and John Grubb, and the deals they made'this winter has added a IMl.le character to their pitching staff. They could move up. Even with a new fine looking new prospect like Marc Hill, it's hard seeing how the Giants can win, especially without Ron Bryant and Tom Bradley, who haven't pitched well at all this spring. Braves couldn't win with than Dave Ccncepcion? Astros always seem to be just so good, and no more. You can say the same thing again mostly, because.of their pitching, which, outside of Larry Dierker—when he's right—is, in a word, undistinguished. Padres have a pair of good Honk,-Aaron; they're' not going to win without htm unless the pitching gets much - batter: Pitching coach Herm Starrette did the }ob of the year with the Braves' itaff last summer, Over in th«? National League East, with Steve Blass finished, and Ken Brett and Bob Moose both not right, the question is what are the Pirates are going to do for front line pitclvers? Cardinals aren't that much better off. Bob Gibson keeps REDWOOD LUMBER 4th A L 763-433* giving it all he's got, but he's 39. 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