Usual Met-basher Rob Neyer in his recent ESPN.com Insider chat (ESPN Insider -- membership required):
Chris (Atlanta): Are the Mets going to be a bust like they were when they went on the Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar etc shopping spree a few years ago?
Rob Neyer: No. At the moment, the Mets are clearly the favorites in the East, and I think there's an argument to be made that they're the best team in the National League.
The kiss of death, perhaps, as Neyer has foretold the Braves' downfall for a number of years now.