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Phillies start last homestand before trade deadline vs. Marlins Monday

Will this be the last time Jeremy Hellickson, Peter Bourjos or Cameron Rupp suit up in Citizens Bank Park?
Jeremy Hellickson gets the nod in Game 3, and could be making his last appearance in Getty Images

Which Phillies are the real Phillies?

Are they the home-run mashing, overachieving squad that has Philadelphia fans optimistic that a contender is returning to South Philly sometime soon? Or the mistake-prone, inexperienced losers that can get swept in a series on any given week?

The Phils' upcoming four-game home series against the surging Marlins will give a good answer for fans, who have seen their club fight to get close to the .500 mark.

All 7:05 starts, the homestand could be the last time some rumored trade block pitchers — or hitters — play in Citizens Bank Park ahead of the August 1 trade deadline.

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One pitcher who certainly will not be dealt is Aaron Nola, who kicks off the series opposite Miami ace Jose Fernandez, (who has gone 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA over his last 11 starts prior to the All-Star break). Nola, of course, makes his second-half debut after skipping a start last week.

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Vince Velasquez and Jerad Eickhoff will start Games 2 and 4 respectively on Tuesday and Thursday, and are also two key pieces to the Phils' future.

Game 3, however, could be the Philly farewell to Jeremy Hellickson. Should the one-time AL Rookie of the Year depart he'll hopefully yield the Phils a mid-level prospect. Hellickson, who will be a free agent at season's end anyway, will be countered by Marlins hurlerWei-Yin Chen Wednesday night.

Other players connected to trade rumors (who could be playing their last four games in Philly) include Cameron Rupp, Carlos Ruiz and Peter Bourjos.

A 10-game road trip in Pittsburgh, Miami and Atlanta follows this week's Marlins series.

 
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