1. Jonathan Papelbon was "Sore"
I give Papelbon credit for at least telling Sandberg that he was unavailable to pitch, but you think a guy who considers himself a leader would try to work through some soreness to help his team out. The other top bullpen guys for the Phillies - Jake Diekman and Mike Adams - were unavailable Sunday as well for throwing over twice as many pitches as Papelbon in the days prior.
On one hand, we don't want a closer who, besides the first game of the season, has been pretty much lights out in save situations to aggravate an injury and potentially be out more time. On the other hand, Sunday's game was a great time to pick up a series sweep vs the Mets in New York. If Bastardo and Hernandez don't blow the lead in the 9th, we're not even talking about this, but you'd think a leader in the clubhouse might step up in the big situations for your ball club.
2. Cody Asche Will Be Fine at 3B
Asche's first error which glanced off his glove gave the Angels a 1st and 3rd opportunity, which became bases loaded after a Cliff Lee walk. The next batter hit a high bouncer to Asche who rushed his throw home and pulled Carlos Ruiz about 2 inches off the plate. The third error was a routine double play ball that Asche had began to look towards second before seeing the ball into his glove. Simple mistakes.
These things happen. It's baseball. Unfortunately they get magnified when you have 3 errors in one game and that is the final score difference. However, I rarely if ever have heard fans complain about Asche's defense before last night and this morning. In his 1+ seasons with the Phillies, Asche's fielding percentage is .941 (the league average is .949). Asche will shake this game off and be back to being a solid fielder in no time. Even Cliff Lee said that Asche got some funky balls.
3. Is Ryan Howard getting back to form?
I personally would like to see a little more power out of the Big Piece, but his spray charts show him shooting the ball to all parts of the outfield. That is a great sign for the Phillies as Howard is at his best when he is staying back and hitting balls hard to LF/CF.