Since Ryne Sandberg has been at the helm of the Philadelphia Phillies, the team has been far from fantastic, to say the least. However, the Phils have won a bunch of games in a plethora of ways, with a plethora of people.
Since Sandberg’s interim tag was handed to him, he has a winning percentage north of .500 and has seen a total of eight different pitchers snag wins. Jonathan Papelbon has recorded three wins in that stretch, with Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and B.J. Rosenberg all recording two victories. The rest of the winners during that span include: Roy Halladay, Cesar Jimenez, Jacob Diekman and Ethan Martin. The major thing about those names, is the fact of how many other pitchers have pitched or made appearances.
Following right behind the pitching rotation and bullpen would be the eight players that take the field on a nightly basis. In Sandberg’s short tenure, there have been a copious amount of varied lineups, with many men playing different or multiple positions. Some of those guys include newly brought up Cody Asche, Darin Ruf and veteran Pete Orr. The Phillies have also sent out four different outfielders at a given time and have seen multiple men behind the plate.
All things considered, I think Sandberg is doing very, very well. In fact, I believe he is managing better than former manager Charlie Manuel in terms of victories, strategy and overall success, considering the parts that are in (or out) of the lineup on a given night. If Sandberg can continue to lead his team along this course, how great will it be when Ben Revere, Ryan Howard and others are healthy? How good will this team be when they have the same players out on the field on a regular basis?
The answer is still far away from us, but after analyzing what Sandberg has done so far and with whom he’s had to do it with, I’d say things are looking up for the city of Philadelphia and their baseball team.