The eternal optimists are quick to point out that the Phillies have historically been a second-half team under Charlie Manuel but the skipper might not be as optimistic as we expect. CSN Philly is reporting that Manuel isn't positive and is wondering whether the Phillies go on a run necessary to keep the team in contention. He says "“We have to play really, really tremendous baseball. That includes defense, offense and pitching."
Really tremendous? Sounds like a quantum from where the Phillies are right now. When the team's manager answers "yes" to a question about whether he wonders if the team can make a run - that's not a great sign. Normally managers believe their team can make a run rather than wonder whether it is possible. This is is out of the ordinary for Manuel and has me a little uneasy about where this team is headed over the coming months.
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