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Monday, February 28, 2011

Chipper Jones: "Don't Discount Mets"

Chipper Jones has the NL East pegged as baseball's toughest division. Along those lines, he says the Mets can't be discounted.

"Is Jose Reyes still one of the most dynamic players in the game? If he has a monster year, they are going to score a lot of runs," Jones said yesterday. "Is David Wright an MVP candidate year in and year out? Without a doubt. Is Ike Davis one of the best young players in the game?

"I mean, there are some pieces. There are players over there you can't take a deep breath against. Obviously, not having Johan [Santana] at the beginning is going to hurt. But if they can hang around until he gets back, you never know."
Jones also knows the Phillies are the team to beat.

Jones puts Philadelphia's Big Four of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt on the same footing as the Braves rotations of the 1990s that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery/Denny Neagle.

"I've heard the comparison kind of thrown about loosely over the years, but this is really the first [rotation] I feel kind of warrants that comparison," Jones said. "Any one of those four guys for the Phillies can win 20."

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