The Orioles sit alone atop the AL East standings after their season-opening three-game sweep of the Rays over the weekend. The baseball world is buzzing about the Orioles, wondering if they will end up being one of the season's biggest surprises.

Yes, I know this season is still very young with 159 games left on the schedule. But what we saw from the Orioles this weekend was better than most of us expected.

After all, the Orioles allowed just three runs in three games to the reigning AL East champions, getting quality starts from Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Tillman and Zach Britton and superlative defense from Nick Markakis and the gang. Offensively, their stats weren't eye-popping, but the O's got timely hitting throughout the lineup.

Considering that this was the Orioles' best three-game start to a season since 1997, I'll give you a mulligan on your season prediction from last week if you want to take it.

Orange-colored glasses are optional.

You tell me: Has the Orioles' sweep changed your season outlook? Now how do you see them finishing 2011?