It’s the Mets, sitting atop the National League East, a half game ahead of the Phillies. If this recent surge is a mirage, then this might be the only chance I get to write this. But if the Mets are for real, this is something we could get used to.
What a difference a week makes. The Mets are the hottest team in the league right now, winners of their last six games, and are 8-1 on the homestand. The Mets travel to Philly this weekend for a series that is suddenly important, one of those early-season series that could set the tone for the Mets-Phillies rivalry for the rest of the season. You know those series — the ones the Braves used to win all the time against the Mets.
Except for Oliver Perez, the Mets were brilliant in their doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers. Perhaps the biggest revelation was David Wright. He looked like the Wright of old in the second game, driving the ball to right field with authority — the type of hitting that was absent all of last season. If he can keep this up, and if Bay continues to hit, the Mets will be tough to beat.