Any comparisons to last year's team is incidental at best. This is a .500 team at the moment and after a one third of the season and being at .500 eighteen different times that point can hardly be argued. No long losing streaks, no long winning streaks. That is a big improvement.
We may be contenders 2-3 years from now or we may not. There are too many variables to confidently predict that. I'm going to enjoy every bit I can this year. We lost a game because of a bad inning. It happens.