Week in Review
- Updated: August 18, 2013
Every week since the All-Star break has been a rough one for the Philadelphia Phillies. August has been no exception. They have won just one series the entire month, and have lost 12 of their last 15 games.
These last two games against the Dodgers, however, might need an asterisk of some sort next to them, as the team found out on Friday that Charlie Manuel would no longer be managing the club moving forward.
Management informed Manuel last week that his contract would not be renewed heading into next season. Rather than be a lame duck, Manuel and the team decided that a parting of the ways would be best rather than let him manage the final 42 games of the season.
Third base coach and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was named interim manager for remainder of the season.
Meaningless though they might be, Charlie deserved to manage those games and ride off into the sunset for all that he’s done for this organization.
He is, after all, the winningest manager in team history with 780 wins, and one of only two men to lead the team to a championship in their 130 year history.
Yes this move was expected at season’s end, but not at this point in the year.
Lets not forget that though Dallas Green got the Phillies to the top of the mountain, he didn’t hang around very long and did little else for the franchise as manager.
With a whirlwind of emotions in tow, the team got shutout the last two nights in a row, managing six hits total in both games.
Their only win this week came on Monday night, when Charlie earned his 1,000th career win against the Braves in Atlanta. Cole Hamels threw a complete game, and allowed one run on six hits. Charlie would not win another game as Phils skipper.
The team looks to avoid being swept, again, and shutout, again, when they take on the Dodgers this afternoon at 1:35.
Hamels gets the start, in search of his sixth win of the year.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com & Baseball-Reference.com
Photo Courtesy of RantSports.com