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Rhys Hoskins & Dylan Cozens are doing it again

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On Episode 116 of The Felske Files, host John Stolnis talks to Iron Pigs beat writer about the HR duel between Cozens & Hoskins. Also, is pitching coach Bob McClure on the hot seat? Phillies beat writer Meghan Montemurro stops by to chat about McClure and a brutal road trip.

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The Phillies are in the midst of a brutal month of May and a brutal road trip. Everyone is down. No one is happy.

So, for a brief moment, let’s talk about something fun. Let’s talk about the homer-happy duo of Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins, who are doing in Lehigh Valley exactly what they did with the Reading Fightin’ Phils last year.

They’re trying to outdo the other in the dinger category (starts at the 38:14 mark).

On Thursday, Hoskins hit two more blasts, he now has 12 on the season. Cozens tried to keep up, hitting one on Thursday, he now has 11 (6 against left-handers!). But it’s reminiscent of their tater battle last season in which Cozens led the Eastern League in homers with 40 while Hoskins had 38.

We wondered if their power barrage would translate from the homer haven of Reading to a more neutral league and home park in LHV. We now have our answer.

It’s translated, baby.

Joining me to talk about it is Iron Pigs beat writer Greg Joyce.

Among the other items discussed on this episode of the podcast.

  • The Phillies have wrapped up a brutal month of May with a three-game sweep in Texas
  • Pete Mackanin mismanaged the bullpen in the series finale
  • Maikel Franco moved down in the order, hits a home run
  • Job security for Bob McClure, is he safe?
  • The Phillies need a pitching coach who specializes in developing pitchers
  • The organizational philosophy is to develop the pitchers and buy the bats, they need to have a staff in place that specializes in that very thing
  • Phillies starters and relievers are among the worst in the NL and MLB in virtually every category
  • Meghan Montemurro joins the show... why are Phillies pitchers struggling so much to get hitters out with two strikes?
  • Bob McClure points to the youth of the pitchers and poor game-calling by Cameron Rupp
  • Is McClure on the hot seat?
  • Have the Phillies lost faith in Maikel Franco?
  • Interview with Greg Joyce, Iron Pigs beat writer
  • Is Mark Appel destined for the bullpen?
  • What makes Jake Thompson special?
  • Deep dive on Cozens, Hoskins, Crawford & Quinn
  • Nick Williams & Jorge Alfaro struggling a bit
  • Stat of the Week
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