The rivalry is back. The red-hot Mets and the Phillies are the two best teams in the National League East as the two teams open a three-game series in Philly tonight. The Phillies, unlike the surging Mets, have been struggling as of late as Arthur Staple details in his series preview.

          Also, check out Newsday's five keys to the Phillies-Mets seires.

        In Ike Davis' first 10 days in the big leagues the Mets matched the franchise's best homestand, going 9-1 for the first time since 1988. They went from the bottom of the NL East to the top. Dave Lennon's column today takes a look at the impact the addition of the rookie had on the psyche of the team.

        Finally, Ken Davidoff takes a look at the future of the two franchises and concludes that the Mets' future might be brighter.

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Davidoff also examines five key aspects to this weekend's big series.

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