The Mets cruised through the NL East this year but I think the entire division has a lot to look forward to, they were just all really young. Look at all the young talent they have.
Mets - Reyes, Wright, Maine, Pelfrey?, Milledge? Even Beltran is fairly young Phillies - Howard, Utley, Hamels, Rollins Braves - Franceour, McCann, Laroche, Andruw is only 29 too Nationals - Zimmerman, Nick Johnson, Kearns Marlins - Cabrera and Dontrelle alone is two of the best young players but in addition to that they have a ton of young guys who have played well at some point in the season. Uggla, Jacobs, Willingham, Hanley, Josh Johnson, Olsen, Nolasco, and they still got Hermida too.
I want to say something about this being the first time that all four teams in the LCSs are from the heartland. It's kind of tough to make it clear, since people usually don't think of Texas as the midwest (even though it's due south of the midwest)