Charlie's O With a Hundred to Go

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Charlie Manuel doesn't have many options on his bench to boost the Phillies' weak offense. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

For whatever it is worth, in five of Charlie Manuel's seven previous seasons as Phillies manager, the club has averaged more runs per game in their final 100 regular season games than in their first 62 (which is where they are right now).

The bad news is that the two years those numbers went down happen to be the two years the Phils made it to the World Series.

The Phils are actually averaging more runs per game this season through 62 games than they had last season, when they were on their way to 102 wins.

Here are the Phillies' runs per game in their first 62 games and final 100 games each year under Charlie:

   FIRST 62 GAMES   LAST 100 GAMES   
Year    W-  L Runs W-  L Runs  Run Diff.
2005 34-28 4.92 54-46 5.02 +0.10
2006 33-29 5.06 52-48 5.51 +0.45
2007 32-30 5.02 57-43 5.81 +0.79
2008 36-26 5.29 56-44 4.71 —0.58
2009 36-26 5.48 57-43 4.80 —0.68
2010 32-30 4.44 65-35 4.97 +0.53
2011 37-25 3.96 65-35 4.67 +0.71
2012 29-33 4.21

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