Historically under Charlie Manuel, the Phillies play good baseball in the second half.
That trend proved true Friday night, and they will try to keep the momentum rolling behind Cole Hamels in the second game of a weekend series against the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday. Since Manuel took the reins of the team in 2005, the Phillies are 358-228 after the All-Star break, with the latest win coming in the form of a 13-8 victory against the Mets.
At 49-48, the Phillies are above .500 for just the second time this season and have won eight of 11. Manuel has history on his side, but he said it's going to take many more wins down the stretch for the playoffs to be a possibility.
"If you want to try to get somewhere, you'd have to win I'd say 90-92 games, but sometimes 85-90 wins can get you somewhere, too," Manuel said Friday. "We've got to win some games. We've got 66 games to go. We've got to win a high percentage of those games."
Hamels' 11 losses may jump out, but the lefty has pitched very well in July. In three starts this month, Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 23 innings.
Opposing Hamels will be Zack Wheeler. Since he was called up to the Majors in June, Wheeler has a 3-1 record and a 3.54 ERA in five outings. He allowed one run in seven innings against the Giants on July 10 in his last appearance.
Mets: Byrd could potentially move before Trade Deadline
With the Mets 10 games below .500 and firmly in fourth place in the National League East, they are a potential trade partner for a team looking for a short-term bat or arm.
Marlon Byrd is one name that has been rumored to be available. The outfielder leads the Mets with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs. Byrd, 35, is signed to a one-year contract with the Mets.
Manager Terry Collins said that if anybody leaves the lineup, he will rely on other players to fill the void.
"If there's moves made before the end of the season, whenever that might be, I certainly think if you take one of your better bats out of the lineup, someone really has to step up," Collins said.
Phillies: Team looking for outfield options
Ben Revere's recent foot injury has the team searching for some alternative looks in the outfield. Revere, the Phillies' center fielder, will be out six to eight weeks with a broken bone in his right foot. John Mayberry has taken over Revere's role in center, but the team is contemplating who else could fill outfield spots.
Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Laynce Nix, Kevin Frandsen and John McDonald are all possible candidates to play in the outfield with Revere on the mend.
"Nix can play some center field if he has to," Proefrock said. "Frandsen can probably play some outfield. He's done it before. Johnny Mac can play all over the place. I think we're in pretty good shape. Everybody should be well rested. ... I think we're good to go."
Nix has experience at all three outfield positions, while Frandsen and McDonald have primarily been utility infielders in their careers. Darin Ruf, who was called up to replace Ryan Howard at first base, also has outfield experience.
Revere was swinging a hot bat before he got hurt and had his average up to .305 before landing on the disabled list.
• The Phillies have won seven straight games at Citi Field.
• After collecting two hits -- including a home run -- against Jeremy Hefner on Friday, Domonic Brown is 6-for-6 with two homers and seven RBIs in his career against the righty.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.