PITTSBURGH — The manager kept pounding his desk with his right hand. It wasn't because he was angry, but Charlie Manuel spoke with conviction and he wanted emphasis to his ideas. Manuel tends to talk this way.
He talks positively, as he should after three games, no matter what he's seen. That's why one thing he said was so interesting.
"We're definitely lacking power, considering what we had in the past," Manuel said. "We've got to play right. I don't want our guys to think we can't score. Sometimes when we bunt in certain situations, it sends a message. I'm here because I was an offensive guy. I'm a true believer you get better because of confidence, and the manager has to show that."
After three games, the Phillies lead baseball with four sacrifice attempts and three successful sacrifices. They are tied for the lead with two bunt hits. They are third with five total infield hits.