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This is a very scary time for the Phillies

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On Episode 118 of “The Felske Files,” host John Stolnis talks to Phillies beat writer Kevin Cooney, Reading Fightins’ play-by-play man Michael Ventola, and Jay Floyd presents his interview with Reading OF Andrew Pullin.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Is this it? Is this Rock(ies) bottom?

Sorry for the pun, but I’m drunk with glee over the Phillies having won their first game since the Clinton administration. Or, at least, that’s what it feels like.

Seriously, this has been about the worst month of baseball any of us can remember. It harkens back to the dark days of the late 1990s/early 2000s, when no one came to the games and, more scarily, no one cared about the Phils.

At least when people are mad, they’re passionate. Right now, the level of apathy concerning this team by the sports fans in Philadelphia is worrisome. And Phils management should be worried too.

On Episode 118, Kevin Cooney of Calkins Media joins the podcast to talk about the struggles the Phillies have had over the last months, whether the rebuild has been set back, the faltering Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco, and whether the team has lost the city again. Oh, and some happy Tommy Joseph conversation, too!

Also on this week’s podcast:

  • Phillies get a much-needed win against Colorado
  • Vince Velasquez takes a baby step back to productivity
  • Joseph remains on fire
  • Good notes on the bullpen, Hector Neris, Cameron Rupp and Aaron Altherr
  • The schedule gets a little bit easier, too
  • Phillies still in the midst of a wretched month of May
  • Odubel Herrera makes history (and not the good kind)
  • Is it time to sit Herrera?
  • What about Franco? Still struggling after being benched for 2 days
  • Offense has been brutal, shut down by mediocre Colorado starters
  • Apathy towards the Phillies is worrisome
  • How much of these struggles are mental?
  • Kevin Cooney interview
  • Jay Floyd of PhoulBallz.com interviews Reading outfielder Andrew Pullin
  • Interview with Reading Fightins’ play-by-play man, Michael Ventola
  • Scott Kingery is red-hot, where is the power coming from?
  • Pullin is also off to a terrific start
  • Reading’s pitching staff has been brutal in 2017
  • Stat of the Week