Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Here they come again

Phillies are making a familiar run.

Here they come again


In every one of Charlie Manuel’s previous eight seasons here, the Phillies had a better record from July on than they had through June. In fact, the Phils are 140 games over .500 (a .604 percentage) for Manuel in regular season games from July 1 on. That’s .091 better than they played in the first three months of those seasons:

 Year           W-    L  Pct.  Div.  GB      W-   L          Pct.    W-L  Pct.  Div.  GB
 2005    40-  39  .506  4th      7.5           48-  35  .578           88-74  .543  2nd      2.0
 2006    36-  43  .456  3rd    11.0    49-  34  .590    85-77  .525  2nd    12.0
 2007    41-  40  .506  3rd      6.0    48-  33  .593    89-73  .549  1st  +  1.0
 2008    44-  39  .530  1st  +  0.5    48-  31  .608    92-70  .568  1st  +  3.0
 2009    39-  35  .527  1st  +  1.5    54-  34  .614    93-69  .574  1st  +  6.0
 2010    41-  35  .539  3rd      3.5    56-  30  .651    97-65  .599  1st  +  6.0
 2011    51-  31  .622  1st  +  4.0    51-  29  .638  102-60  .630  1st  +13.0
 2012    36-  44  .450  5th    10.0    45-  37  .549    81-81  .500  3rd    17.0
 2013    39-  44  .470  3rd      9.5      7-    3  .700  —      
 Totals  367-350  .513      406-266  .604        
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