Jun 24, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT
A clobbering by the New York Mets in the series rubber match is not the way Charlie Manuel wanted his weekend to end. Alas, Matt Harvey dominated his offense and John Lannan’s day unraveled in one awful inning with no thanks to any help from Ben Revere or the umps.
Manuel wasn’t sugar coating life as the Phillies manager following the loss and admitted to reporters that his team is going to have to play really tremendous ball the rest of the way if they want to compete for a playoff spot. He’s not sure they have it in them.
But what if the team further decomposes during the road trip? It’s hard to imagine the Phillies grabbing new pieces if they don’t peek their head above .500 and keep it there for a while. If you have your doubts about their ability to do that, you have some company.
Does Manuel question whether these Phillies can go on a run?
“I wonder if we can do that,” Manuel admitted. “Yes.”
He also talks about whether Ruben Amaro should be adding or subtracting pieces to make this team better. Does anyone really think they should be adding anything of significance to this team the way they’ve been playing?
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