The Cardinals made the biggest deadline push so far, trading for Matt Holliday, who went 7-for-11 this weekend. The Phillies pushed back.
Bombs by Jimmy Rollins (looking strong), Chase Utley (not tiring) Ryan Howard (the best is yet to come) and Raul Ibanez (still going) powered this juggernaut offense in a 9-2 rubber match victory over the Cardinals. Nine runs, man; the Phils are scoring in their sleep. I mentioned the home runs. One almost forgets that Pedro Feliz added another multi-hit game; he's hitting .298. And then there's sizzling-hot Shane Victorino, who extended his latest hitting streak to eight games and is hitting .320 on the season, which leads Utley and Ibanez by 15 points.
Is Victorino this team's MVP? I'm starting to feel the same way about Shane as I did about Jimmy in 2007. If you're looking for a reason why the Phillies turned on the jets in July, look no further than the Flyin' Hawaiian, who's hitting .402/.476/.565 for anAlbert-esque 1.041 OPS.
The latest: With so much hittin', who needs Kentucky Joe Blanton to go eight innings and punch out six? As it turns out, the Phillies may need to "settle" for Blanton as the right-handed compliment to Cole Hamels. Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi told FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal that the odds of trading Roy Halladay are very slim. The Blue Jays reportedly rejected the Phillies counter-offer of J.A. Happ, Michael Taylor, Carlos Carrasco and Jason Donald. FoxSports also reported that the Dodgers are in serious discussions about Cliff Lee, who was scouted by the Phillies yesterday. Elsewhere, Pedro Martinez pitched a rain-shortened rehab start in Clearwater. Pedro told Comcast he "feels great."