Monday night's rains brought Tuesday's delight, a rare doubleheader matching the Mets and Dodgers, starting at 4 p.m. today at Citi Field. It's a true doubleheader in the sense fans can buy one ticket for both games today. Fans with tickets to Monday night's game may either exchange them for today's doubleheader or for a game on another date.

With no game to cover last night, Newsday baseball columnist Ken Davidoff had plenty of time to examine how manager Jerry Manuel and pitching coach Dan Warthen have focused on turning the pitching staff into a source of consistency -- in a good way -- especially with the development of starter Mike Pelfrey and a reliable bullpen.

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If there's another pleasant surprise, it's the solid performance of veteran second baseman Luis Castillo. Beat writer David Lennon gives credit where credit is due to one of the fans' favorite whipping boys.

Lennon also reports that Manuel is considering a rest for third baseman David Wright, who is showing signs of anemia at the plate. By the way, Johan Santana starts the first game of the doubleheader for a Mets team that now is above .500. What more could you ask?