Five reasons why the Phillies are done making deadline trades

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 22: General manager Matt Klentak of the Philadelphia Phillies talks to the media before a game against of the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on May 22, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 22: General manager Matt Klentak of the Philadelphia Phillies talks to the media before a game against of the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on May 22, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 16: Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Jeremy Hellickson’s inconsistency

Remember in April when Jeremy Hellickson was one of the best pitchers in the National League? When he had a 1.80 ERA, four wins, 0.80 WHIP, and 86.2 percent left on base rate? Whelp, that has fallen apart.

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Since April, Hellickson has a 5.79 ERA, 6.13 FIP, 1.42 WHIP, 15.1 percent strikeout rate and 7.6 percent walk rate. Hellickson’s low strikeout rate in April finally came back to bite him as the batted balls started finding holes and he started walking batters.

After his strong start to the season, Hellickson has bounced between strong and poor outings. He has gone past the sixth inning just twice since May and has allowed two runs or less just four times in 15 starts.

Without any consistency, Hellickson’s trade value seems dead. He has one last start Friday night to showcase his value, but you never know what will happen with him this season. Even then, there are better pitchers on the trade market this year – Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander, and Yu Darvish – who teams are more likely to want over Hellickson.

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