Atlanta is NL East's best

If you look beyond their record, the Braves are outperforming the Phillies

Updated: May 19, 2011, 12:19 PM ET
By Jay Jaffe | Baseball Prospectus
Jason Heyward & Brian McCannJeff Gross/Getty ImagesJason Heyward and Brian McCann should have the Braves in first before too long.

Since the calendar turned to May, the Atlanta Braves have been the hottest team in baseball, winning 12 out of 17 games after going just 13-15 through the end of April. The combination of that streak and the Philadelphia Phillies' recent stumbles -- including a series loss to Atlanta this past weekend -- was enough to bump the Braves to the top of this week's NL hit list, our weekly power rankings at Baseball Prospectus. That's fairly unusual for a team that sits in third place in its division, 2½ games out of first. Just what in the name of Larry Wayne Jones is going on?