Phillies improving, but Manuel seeks consistency

Phillies improving, but Manuel seeks consistency

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies entered Tuesday's game against the Reds with a 20-15 mark since the All-Star break, which ranks fifth in the National League.

They are 12-8 (.600) since the July 31 Trade Deadline, which is fourth in the league.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel points to the healthy returns of Roy Halladay, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for some of that. The bullpen also has pitched a bit better, and they have gotten big contributions from Erik Kratz and Kevin Frandsen while Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco have been on the disabled list.

But Manuel isn't prepared to say this team has what it takes to win in 2013 based on one good month.

"Baseball is consistency," he said. "Sometimes one good month doesn't make a good year. Two weeks don't make a good year. Definitely one day doesn't. I get excited when I see somebody do something real good, but can they do it on a consistent basis?"