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Mets Vs. Phillies: New York Looks To Continue Its Success Within The NL East

The Mets and Phillies enter their three-game series separated by just 2.5 games in the standings.

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By Memorial Day it was supposed to be the New York Mets in last place and the Philadelphia Phillies holding down a playoff spot, but the role reversal has been one of the most surprising developments to the 2012 season.

At 27-21, the Mets are in second place in the toughest division in the majors. Even more shocking is that the Mets 14-7 record versus the rest of the NL East is the best in the National League.

After years of being Philadelphia's whipping boy, New York has beat up on the Phillies this year, winning five of six games. The series begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday as Jonathon Niese will face off against Cole Hamels. Game Two will feature Jeremy Hefner against Joe Blanton, while game three has Dillon Gee and Cliff Lee pinned against each other.

The two teams are separated by 2.5 games in the standings.

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