Following the Phillies' crisp win over the Dodgers, their third in a row, Beerleaguer wants his cake and to eat it, too.
On one hand, here are the Phillies, a surmountable 10 games out of the Wild Card on July 17 with a full lineup and Roy Halladay coming back tonight. On the other hand, they're still desperate long shots in need of a youth movement, and as the trade deadline nears, a number of commodities, including Joe Blanton (value unlikely to be higher than after Monday's gem), Shane Victorino (three straight games with triples), Cole Hamels (superb Sunday), Juan Pierre (excellent season and terrific lately) and even Jimmy Rollins (second-half star) have given scouts a reason to scratch some checkmarks in the "plus" column recently. So here's the question: Can the Phillies sell and still contend? And if so, which players are expendible?