Charlie Manuel is the rock for this team. Rarely does Manuel lose control of his emotions.
Many consider him the mastermind behind the 2008 World Championship the Phillies took home.
His knack for making all the right moves that year helped the Phils win their first World Series since 1980.
How is Manuel today?
His message is clear in that he wants to see good play on the field, not necessarily wins.
The Phillies schedule has been grueling, so Manuel is allowing his starters to rest. By resting the team, fans have accused Manuel of letting the team get lazy.
If he continued to play his starters we would accused him of burning them out. As long as the Phillies continue to lose, someone will criticize Manuel.
Despite the losses, Manuel does not seem overly concerned with how his team is playing. Perhaps he has confidence they will be able to flip the switch come the playoffs.
Manuel has managed this team to five straight division titles and one World Series championship. He may not make all the right moves, but he is a proven winner.
No manager would be happy to see their team lose five straight, but he is smart enough to know he would rather lose now than in October.
Panic Meter: 3/10