Here are five things to glean from the National League East teams during spring training, even though the sample sizes of production are small and largely irrelevant.
After all, only precocious talents and veterans in dire need of redemption lament the success or failure of isolated at-bats during Grapefruit League action.
And that's how it should be ... particularly when non-participatory teammates are jogging in center field during sanctioned games.
1. Ryan Howard's run as a dominant masher might not be over
It's not the .370 batting average after 27 at-bats.
It's not the three homers, 10 RBI and .815 slugging percentage.
It's not even the absurd OPS (1.215) through 10 Grapefruit games.
In Howard's case, it's the totality of everything, as he enters his first healthy spring training since blowing out his Achilles on the final play of the 2011 season (a Game 5 home loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS).
At 33, Howard is still young enough to recapture his big-time form of a ...