An amazing prediction Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins made four months ago


It’s time to unearth Rhys Hoskins’ amazing prediction four months ago. originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

This story was buried in my tape recorder for four months. Now that the Phillies are looking to secure their first playoff spot in a decade, it’s time to say so.

On the last weekend of May, the Phillies came to the end of a terrible journey.

Four hours before the final game of the trip, Rhys Hoskins took the field after an early practice session at Citi Field in New York.

After he finished taking early BP, I approached him on the field to take his temperature on the team.

“The time has come,” he said, explaining why he entered the field early, both for himself and for the team.

The Phils were five games under .500 and the club was taut like a car spring.

“Look,” said Hoskins. “It is clear that there is some frustration in our group right now. We are not ourselves as an insult, and we know it. We have real conversations about it there. we don’t. And frustration builds up when we serve well and don’t hit, or hit well but don’t serve, or don’t catch the ball.

“Every person’s pride suffers when you lose, and we’ve had many hard losses. But this does not mean that we lose confidence in any case. on the track record in this room.

“We have not yet entered the rhythm, but the time will come when we will enter the rhythm…”

I planned to use Hoskins’ comments in the story that night, or the next day, or the day after tomorrow, but the tobacco juice hit the fan and other things got in the way. Namely, a few hours after I spoke with Hoskins, the Phils once again squandered the lead and lost to the Mets due to an idle. It ended a 2-5 trip that had terrible defense and the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. The Fils were 21-27 on their way to a couple more losses and a 21-29 low, and seasoned nostrils began to smell the change in manager that came a few days later when Joe Girardi was sacked and Rob Thomson took over. above.

Because other issues were prioritized, Hoskins’ interview remained buried in the tape recorder, but I knew it was there.

So why bring it out now?

Because the Phillies will start the last 10-game sprint on Tuesday night that will determine if they make the playoffs.

Because back in late May, when Hoskins was playing after BP’s early performance at Citi Field, they didn’t look like a team capable of making the playoffs.

But then June came and they started playing better.

Much better.

June proved to be the month that saved the Phillies season.

And Hoskins predicted it would happen.

It’s all about the recorder.

Returning to Citi Field that May day, when things were gloomy for the Phyllis, he had this to say:

“There will come a time when we catch that rhythm and everything looks the way it should be, the way everyone thought it would look, and we win 12 out of 13. Then we win five in a row. Then we’ll win seven out of 10. And suddenly…”

He made a pause.

“How many games per month, 28?” he asked.

About it.

“You know the 20-8 month is coming up,” he said.

The Phillies went 19-8 in June.

Nice crystal ball, Mr. Hoskins.

They also won their first game in July, so your score is 20-8.

But there was more, something he understood correctly, something not.

“There will come a time when 12 will carry us,” Hoskins said, referring to Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber did wear the Phillies in June. He was the NL Player of the Month with 12 homers and 27 RBIs.

Hoskins has mentioned that Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Nick Castellanos and himself will have stretch marks when they carry a stick. He was basically right.

It was about a month ago, the Phillies had saved their season by then and were in the playoffs, when Hoskins asked if I remember what he said that day a few months earlier at Citi Field when the losses were piling up, and nobody felt bad. especially good about the team.

“Wow,” I said, picking up my tape recorder.

A few days ago I rewrote this interview and read it to Hoskins. The forecast for 20-8 months was…

“Amazing,” Hoskins said with a laugh.

What prompted you to say this?

“I just had confidence in our group,” he said. “We had too much track record. It was all about the track record.

“We used to have a very tight schedule and we played a lot of clunkers. But I knew talent. I really believed that we would find a rhythm. I knew that if we could bring in two guys and bring in input from others, we would have a pretty good chance. Schwarber was Player of the Month and we started putting guys on base.”

Hoskins was the other guy who got hot in June. He hit .306 with seven homers, 15 RBIs and a 1.026 OPS. He was the perfect complement to Schwarber at the top of the order. And now, with 10 games left in the regular season and a playoff spot, Hoskins is hot again. He has five doubles and one homer in his last four games. This is his sixth season here. He has never played in post-season games and is doing so…

“It will mean the whole world to me,” he said a few days ago.

Since early June, the Phils have had one of the best records in baseball, 62-40. Not only has the offense improved, but so has the starting pitch, bullpen and defense. All. Filov’s rise coincided with Thomson becoming a skipper.

“It would be hard to say it wasn’t,” Hoskins said when asked if the change in manager helped launch the team. “I still thought we had a run no matter who the manager was. But just changing your voice can sometimes work wonders. It is also a shock to your body and your pride.

“After all, we are on the field. Lack of performance on our part led to the transition. As a group, we felt a lot of responsibility for that.”

Thomson still wears the temporary label. He deserves to be off his label this fall.

Does Hoskins agree that Thomson is worthy of the job?

“If I was in charge of the team, yes,” he said. “He has such a calm confidence. You really see it in the young guys and the whole band for that matter. This allowed us to go play. I think you can see it as baseball. jalopy, yes, but we found a way to stay in the games. I know I was part of the games we won, but we wouldn’t have won in the past. I think it goes back to the confidence he instilled in us as a group.”

That confidence started with a 19-8 run in the month of June that no one expected.

Except Rhys Hoskins.

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