It was a weekend of hitting, winning and blathering on about the most overstated case of heat exhaustion in history. But nothing happened in Phillies land when it came to trades.
The juiciest piece of information wasn’t that juicy at all; it came from Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports, who tweeted that the Phillies, Giants, Braves, Phillies, Red Sox and Rangers all scouted Carlos Beltran this weekend, verifying that the Phillies are firmly in the mix for the veteran outfielder, as Jim Salisbury and others reported last week. There’s a prevailing belief - from reading about 20 stories on the subject - that the Giants are the frontrunners for Beltran. We'll see. Meanwhile, there’s a related report today on Yahoo! Sports deeming Jarred Cosart as untouchable in any deal for Beltran.
These are still more scintillating scoops than anything that can be said about this boring Phillies team, which methodically keeps winning series after series. Yesterday, newly regarded weakling Roy Halladay, who can only perform under sub-105-degree conditions, pitched eight strong in a 5-3 win over the Padres.
And with that, Phillies nation has run out of angles to bitch about. The bats are clicking, including alleged burnout Raul Ibanez and minor league role player Michael Martinez. There isn't any real urgency to deliver Beltran, or Hunter Pence, or Heath Bell. Roy Oswalt should take his time. Even the oppressive heat will retreat to a cool 85 degrees for today’s 1:05.