Howard steps up in Philly
Unexpected contributions are sometimes found when prized prospects make their big-league debuts with a splash. Sometimes, they come completely out of the blue when a struggling veteran manages to put the pieces of his game back together. Sometimes, they are the result of patience, persistence, good coaching -- and lots of luck.
Each of the remaining eight National League contenders has had at least one example of these kinds of players, spanning the gamut from the much-anticipated debut of Jeff Francoeur to the completely unexpected resurgence of Jae Seo.
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