Charlie Manuel has managed the Phillies since the 2005 season. Here is the team’s record by month since ’05 (nothing in this post includes the results of last night’s game):
September has been the Phillies best month by a wide margin. If they played to a .620 winning percentage over 162 games they would go 100-62. April has been bad and, now that June of 2009 in the books, June has been worse. If the Phils played to their .463 June winning percentage over 162 they would post a 75-87 record. The months other than April and June have been very good — the worst of the other four full months are May and July. In each of those months the Phils have a .574 winning percentage, which would be good for a 93-69 mark over a full season.
So far under Manuel the Phillies have been very strong the last three months of the year — they are 195-134 (.593) in July, August and September and 200-195 (.506) in April, May and June.
Manuel has five Mays under his belt as manager of the team and in all five of them the team has been above .500. It’s a bit hard not to wonder how many of those Mays have occurred out of necessity — in three of the five seasons that Manuel has managed the team has been under .500 in April. Whatever the reason, there has been a pretty significant difference in the team’s winning percentage in games played in April and June and their winning percentage in games played in May, July, August and September:
Victorino continues to battle Pablo Sandoval to be voted in to the All-Star game. You can vote at the Phillies web site.
The Phillies watched Pedro Martinez pitch yesterday and may be interested in trading for Roy Halladay. I would be surprised if it was the case that the Phillies don’t have the prospects it would take to get Halladay — my guess, though, is that the organization would be much less enthusiastic about taking on Halladay’s huge contract. As the linked article mentions, he’s due to earn $15.75 million next year.