Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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NEW YORK -- As they wrap up their respective seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets have questions at first base to explore in very different ways. The Phillies are trying to see just how much star Ryan Howard can look like the player he was before tearing his Achilles. The Mets are mixing and matching to discover exactly what they have in their young players, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda. Howard started his season on July 6 and has hit just .225 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 62 games this season. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel acknowledged after the teams' game was rained out Tuesday that he would consider shutting Howard down for the season if his team gets eliminated from the second wild card race. "I think he needs at-bats, but if it gets to the point it's not helping him ..." Manuel said. "I could (pull him back). We'll see." Howard has especially struggled in September, with just 11 hits in 61 at-bats (.180) and no homers. He's also fallen off against left...
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