HERE WE GO AGAIN! PHILLIES’ HELLICKSON IS ON THE TRADE CLOCK!

By Sam Bush

Buried in the carnage of last night’s 8-1 Phillies loss to the Cards was the fact that Jeremy Hellickson pitched admirably, allowing six hits, one run and two walks in seven innings, while striking out four.

“I made a few adjustments,” he told MLB.com. “Just switched some things up out of the stretch trying to give myself a little more time to get my arm up and give myself more time over the rubber. It’s something that I’ve been messing with for a while. I’m not the quickest to the plate when I do it, but my command was a lot better.”

Hellickson went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts in April, but he went 1-5 with a 6.89 ERA in his following nine starts.

“He looked much better,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Hellickson figures to make at least six more starts before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

“That’s not on my mind,” Hellickson said. “Getting on a nice little run, a nice little groove, is definitely on my mind. You know, it’s not fun sitting around for four days after a bad start, so I just have to try to fix some things and bear down a little bit and hopefully get a nice run before the break and get more consistent.”

“Hopefully tonight was the start of a nice little run, put together a couple more before the break,” he said.

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