The Phillies have been around for more than 125 years, and two of their biggest franchise records can fall tonight with a win over the Braves.
First, it would be the team's 102nd win of the year, breaking the single-season record of 101 set in 1976 and 1977. Secondly, it would be the 646th regular-season victory with the Phillies for Charlie Manuel. That would break a tie between him and Gene Mauch, who went 645-684-2 during the 1960's, and make Manuel the winningest manager in team history.
Which one is more impressive?: For me, it's Manuel. Once you get to 100 wins, it doesn't matter that much whether you end up at 101, 102, etc. The century mark is a special milestone and I think we all realize that the Phillies would definitely have broken the team record for victories had they not clinched so early. Manuel, on the other hand, continues to be a remarkable success story. If you had told me in 2005 that he would break Mauch's record, I would have laughed in your face. But here he is, 645-488 as Phils skipper and about to break a record that, personally, I never saw coming. You can argue that Manuel has benefited from a roster loaded with All-Stars - and that is certainly a valid point - but nevertheless, he has guided this team beautifully over the last seven seasons and is very deserving of this special franchise record.