PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a successful 5-2 seven-game road trip from June 16th to June 22nd in Atlanta and St. Louis, the Phils found themselves in the thick of things in the National League East. Today—on July 7th—things are vastly different, as the Phils have dropped 9 of their last ten games and 13 of their last 16 to fall to 37-51. They are now 12 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the division.

“Well, I’m surprised because it all happened so quickly in a ten-day, two-week period where it looked like we were right on the verge of knocking on the door, being three games out—three and a half games out less than two weeks ago,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told the WIP Morning Show on Monday. “So, I think the way that it’s gone the last—especially the last week, but count ten days, I am surprised at that. That’s why I still think there’s—we just have to fight through it and get back and see what we can do. But yeah, it’s been a tough two weeks.”

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Listen: Ryne Sandberg on the WIP Morning Show

With the July 31st trade deadline quickly approaching, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will almost certainly look to ‘sell’.

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“Right now, you’re trying to keep the guys together and any of that talk doesn’t really venture into the locker room,” Sandberg said. “We’re just going about our business like we have and like I said, we need to turn it around and with the guys here we need to fight through this and get it going a different direction.”


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