Typically when a Phillies player is talented enough to pull off the Howard (K, E, HR all in the same game), the Phils go onto win that game. Well, it held true last night with Cody Asche performing the coolest 1 game stat other than tossing a no-hitter or hitting for the cycle. Congrats Asche, this may have bought you a little more time to prove yourself.
*Willians Astudillo is the anti-Howard. He hits for average, is an extreme contact hitter, and has no power. The stocky (5'9" 182 lb.) 1B/C/DH is currently playing for the Lakewood BlueClaws and is a career .318/.773 batter over 5 minor leagues seasons. The amazing stat is that he's only struck out 26 times in 795 at bats. Ryan Howard dos that in a month.
*There could be some hope for the bullpen in the farm system. Luis Garcia is tossing zeros for the Iron Pigs and Ken Giles is making batters look silly in Reading. Garia made his MLB debut last year with the Phillies and had one relief appearance early this season. In 2013, he post a 1.51 ERA in the minors and this year he's rocking a 0.00 ERA through 12 innings pitched. Time to give him a recall and demote Manship. Giles has struck out 27 batters in 14 innings to go along with 7 saves and a 1.29 ERA.
*19 year old shortstop JP Crawford has done nothing but hit since being drafted last year (.305/.809 in 79 games), and that's good news for Phillies fans, as he could be ready to be J-Roll's replacement come 2016.