The Phillies are two games under .500 this season at the 50-game mark. Since Charlie Manuel teams are notoriously slow starters, I thought it would be fun to compare the 2013 Phillies to the eight previous Charlie teams and see where they stand. If the Phils take off in the second half like they have done in every season under Charlie Manuel, as Lloyd Christmas pointed on in Dumb and Dumber, "so you're telling me there's a chance."
The way the Phillies records climb on the win/loss charts in the second half is nothing short or amazing. The Phillies have finished no worse than 13 games over .500 after the break and have a combined post all-star break record of 357-228 (.610). That's a 162-game pace of 98 wins per season. Angelo Cataldi can criticize Charlie Manuel all he wants, but that is the only number that matters to me.
Here is the combined chart of Charlie Manuel's Phillies teams over the previous eight seasons.
If there was ever a chart of managerial success, this is it. That chart says that if the Phillies can just hang with the previous clubs, Charlie will bring them home.
So here is how the 2013 Phillies compare to their former Charlie Manuel squads.
Phillies After 50 Games
|Year||W/L at 50 G||2013 GB||Final Record|
Although the 2013 Phillies have the worst of all Charlie Manual teams, you can see that they aren't too far off the pace. They certainly have their work cut out for them, but if any manager can find a way to climb back into the race it is Charlie Manuel.
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