May 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) shakes hands with first baseman Ryan Howard (6) (left) and manager Charlie Manuel (41) (right) after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Turner Field. The Phillies defeated the Braves 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Charlie Manuel Looking Forward to a Real Nice Second Half

The Phillies are in the middle of a white knuckle hellride into the All-Star Break.

Having gone 4-2 since Charlie Manuel stated they needed to go 12-4, the team is enthused at its own success and already looking forward to the second half.  At least, Charlie Manuel is.  In his press conference following yesterday’s series win over the Braves, Charlie expressed his belief that the Phillies have “a couple pluses going for us.”

“I think in our lineup, we just got Ruiz back, course we just lost Howie for a while, but at the same time, too, I think we can muster enough offense, especially in the second half of the season, that’s usually when we score more runs and things like that, that’s when Jimmy Rollins usually hits better and everything…”

–Charlie Manuel, via Phillies.com

He’s right about Jimmy.

I Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+
1st Half 1046 1024 4781 4364 636 1152 240 54 92 426 205 52 350 565 .264 .320 .407 .727 1776 74 21 21 25 28 48 .284 92
2nd Half 835 814 3829 3464 579 961 199 52 105 396 206 37 310 438 .277 .338 .456 .793 1579 34 16 16 23 17 47 .291 109
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/8/2013.

And technically, it’s accurate that the Phillies are playing “well” at this moment, and are secretly compiling momentum while avoiding a win streak of too many games to get attention.  There’s the circumstantial theory that Darin Ruf’s freshness in the lineup could be a boost from an injury-riddled Ryan Howard.  Ugh, you know what, I’m not even going to list the things that are happening that have been cast as optimism.  We won two series.  We should win this one.

And everybody knows what will happen if they don’t.

So let’s just enjoy these things as they happen and curse them out when they don’t, like normal.

Engage, second half Jimmy Rollins.

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