NL East shake-up

David Wright and the Mets got the better of Jason Heyward and the Braves, but can it last? US Presswire

It's far too early to get worked up about the season. Everything we thought we knew might change in the next six months, as it frequently does, and a three-game winning streak is a blip on the radar. Just look back to last season, when, after losing on Opening Day, the New York Mets promptly reeled off three straight wins. Later in April, they won six in a row. During the next five months, they won at least three games in a row on 10 separate occasions. Yet they finished with a 77-85 record.

Still, it's hard not to be encouraged by what we saw from the Mets in these first three games, as they swept the Atlanta Braves over the weekend. And if you're a Braves fan, you have to be at least a bit concerned by what you saw. The voters of the ESPN.com Power Rankings were clearly moved by the results of the series, as they now have the Mets at No. 17, ahead of the Braves at No. 23. Sounds crazy, yes, but if a year ago today you had said: "The Arizona Diamondbacks are the best team in the NL West," you would have been laughed at. But it turned out to be true in 2011. So for 2012, is there a chance the Mets are actually the better team?