Keith Hernandez On WFAN: Braves Are Overrated, And NL East Is Up For Grabs
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Mets have now won three in a row — including two straight against the Yankees — and are back at .500.
Despite being 19-19, New York is right in the thick of things in the National League East.
The Amazin’s, tied with the Marlins for third place, are just a half-game back of the Nationals and a game-and-a-half ahead of the last-place Phillies.
Yes, it’s only May. But do the Mets actually have a shot of winning the NL East?
“You’ve got Washington, who I think is the best team in the division,” SNY analyst Keith Hernandez told WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Wednesday morning. “They’ve got (Ryan) Zimmerman banged up and (Bryce) Harper, and they’re not playing up to speed. Sooner or later, when it starts getting hot and (into) summer, someone’s gonna get hot and take control of the division.
“The Braves, I think they’re overrated. So this division is very much up for grabs.”
After taking two from the Bombers at Yankee Stadium, the Mets will host their crosstown rivals in Queens for two more beginning on Wednesday night. Top pitching prospect Rafael Montero is set to make his major-league debut against Masahiro Tanaka.
Once the Subway Series wraps up, New York will hit the road to take on the division-rival Nationals before returning to Queens to face the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Pirates.
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