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Tyler Rogers San Francisco Giants

The Monkey on buy/sell candidates at the break.

San Francisco Giants – The Giants might be baseball’s most surprising team, as they have the league’s best record in what could be its most top-heavy division, so they will likely be buyers. But will a new closer be part of the deadline plan? Time will tell, but whoever is acquired, if anyone, will be subject to manager Gabe Kapler and his old tricks. Kapler has been employing a committee approach in the ninth inning this season with Jake McGee (2.72 ERA, 19 saves) and Tyler Rogers (1.47 ERA, 10 saves). Our bet is McGee nailing down the most saves in the second half.

SELL: Tyler Rogers.

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Anthony Bender Miami Marlins

The Monkey on buy/sell candidates at the break.

Miami Marlins – Yimi Garcia has performed well enough that a contender might be willing to part with a low-level prospect in exchange for his services for the season’s final two months. But he hasn’t been good enough to displace virtually any team’s closer at this point. This means his value is likely to drop off a cliff, while Anthony Bender is the best bet to be elevated in his place.

BUY+: Anthony Bender, SELL+: Yimi Garcia.

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Andrew Chafin Chicago Cubs

A head-scratcher, which I'll turn over to the Monkey.

Chicago Cubs – The Cubs haven’t been shy about wanting to trade Craig Kimbrel, with the Astros, Athletics and, more recently, the Red Sox named as possible landing places. Wherever Kimbrel ends up, he will likely remain as a closer so his value won’t change much. Andrew Chafin is most likely to benefit from a Kimbrel trade, but Ryan Tepera and Rex Brothers are also candidates to take over the Cubs job assuming that none of them are traded themselves. With all 3 likely to become free agents after the season, the closers job may go to whoever is left.

BUY: Andrew Chafin.

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Who gets more saves the second half:  Chafin, Rogers (SF) or Bender?

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Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers

Torkelson has really been amazing.  His first few games I was really worried about him.  Granted, it was his first pro game action.  But, he looked like he was totally lost.  In his first 4 games he was 1/16 with 10 Ks.  Even after a good 5th game he continued to struggle.  His first HR was on May 22 and at that time he only had 2 doubles. But, by the end of the month he had dialed in his batting eye.  First professional month was 235/379/397.  He crushed in June, being promoted mid-month.  352/441/692.  He's having some adjustment issues this month at AA, but is still hitting 222/417/593.  The average is of little worry considering his power and he's had more walks than Ks.  At this point, I'd say his draft billing as the #1 pick and his production at two levels shows he could be the #1 hitting prospect in the minors.  I have a feeling his move to 3B will be short lived.  He will be Miggy's replacement at 1B.  Either that or he will come up and move over quickly like Thome did.

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Max Meyer Miami Marlins

Minor Leagues Spotlight

Lowest ERA among top-100 prospects in the minors this season

NameAgeLevAff IPERA SO9
Max Meyer22AAFLA54.0 1.679.0
Grayson Rodriguez21A+,AABAL58.02.0213.2
Shane Baz22AAA,AATBR51.22.0913.4
Cade Cavalli22AA,A+WSN 62.02.4715.0

See 2021 minor league pitching stats at Baseball-Reference.com's Game Log Finder

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Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers

Minor Leagues Spotlight

Highest on base plus slugging among top-100 prospects in the minors this season

NameAge Lev AffPAHR SB BA OPS
Spencer Torkelson21 AA,A+ DET 230124 .290 .987
Francisco Alvarez19 A+,A NYM20393.292.969
Keibert Ruiz22 AAA LAD180120.287.965
Tyler Soderstrom19 A OAK22292.311.956
Julio Rodriguez20 AA,A+ SEA18277.310.948

See 2021 minor league batting stats at Baseball-Reference.com's Game Log Finder

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Negro Leagues Spotligh

Bill Byrd P/OF | 1933 - 1948 | CBB, CRS, CEG, WEG, BEG, PS
 8x All-Star   ERA Title 
Bill Byrd
WAR: 30.0
Better than 4.9% of HOFers
Black Ink: 45
Better than 76.5% of HOFers
Gray Ink: 289
Better than 89.3% of HOFers
HOF Monitor: 42.5
Better than 4.5% of HOFers
JAWS: 26.40
Better than 4.3% of HOFers at P

Among players who exclusively played in the Negro Leagues, Bill Byrd has the 2nd-highest Wins Above Replacement of anyone not yet inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was selected to the East-West All-Star Game in 5 different seasons. He was well known for employing the spitball pitch, and posted his most impressive statlines once he entered the 2nd half of his career, including a sub-2.00 ERA and league-leading 1.030 WHIP in his final major league season at age 40. He also generally provided positive value as a hitter, knocking in 16 home runs and 127 RBI over the course of his career.

See player page on Baseball-Reference.com

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Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants

Has earned $18/$16 at the All-Star break.

Shohei OhtaniJacob deGromKevin GausmanF. Tatis Jr.Marcus Semien

2021 WAR Leaders

Batters:

Fernando Tatis Jr.* (SDP): .286 BA, 1.020 OPS, 28 HR, 20 SB, 4.3 WAR

Marcus Semien* (TOR): .277 BA, .873 OPS, 22 HR, 10 SB, 4.3 WAR

Max Muncy (LAD): .270 BA, .972 OPS, 19 HR, 1 SB, 4.2 WAR

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR): .332 BA, 1.089 OPS, 28 HR, 2 SB, 4.2 WAR

Joey Gallo (TEX): .239 BA, .923 OPS, 24 HR, 6 SB, 4.0 WAR

Brandon Crawford (SFG): .289 BA, .921 OPS, 18 HR, 7 SB, 4.0 WAR

See 2021 batting leaders at Baseball-Reference.com

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Wade Miley Cincinnati Reds

Has earned $14/$12 at the All-Star break.

Shohei OhtaniJacob deGromKevin GausmanF. Tatis Jr.Marcus Semien

2021 WAR Leaders

Pitchers:

Shohei Ohtani* (LAA): 67.0 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.209 WHIP, 11.7 SO/9
.279 BA. 1.062 OPS, 33 HR, 12 SB, 5.6 WAR

Jacob deGrom* (NYM): 92.0 IP, 1.08 ERA, 0.543 WHIP, 14.3 SO/9, 5.0 WAR

Kevin Gausman* (SFG): 114.2 IP, 1.73 ERA, 0.820 WHIP, 10.4 SO/9, 5.0 WAR

Zack Wheeler (PHI): 119.2 IP, 2.26 ERA, 0.969 WHIP, 10.9 SO/9, 4.9 WAR

Wade Miley (CIN): 96.1 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.163 WHIP, 7.1 SO/9, 4.5 WAR

Gerrit Cole (NYY): 114.0 IP, 2.68 ERA, 0.930 WHIP, 11.6 SO/9, 4.3 WAR

See 2021 pitching leaders at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

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At the break

Shohei OhtaniJacob deGromKevin GausmanF. Tatis Jr.Marcus Semien

2021 WAR Leaders

Pitchers:

Shohei Ohtani* (LAA): 67.0 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.209 WHIP, 11.7 SO/9
.279 BA. 1.062 OPS, 33 HR, 12 SB, 5.6 WAR

Jacob deGrom* (NYM): 92.0 IP, 1.08 ERA, 0.543 WHIP, 14.3 SO/9, 5.0 WAR

Kevin Gausman* (SFG): 114.2 IP, 1.73 ERA, 0.820 WHIP, 10.4 SO/9, 5.0 WAR

Zack Wheeler (PHI): 119.2 IP, 2.26 ERA, 0.969 WHIP, 10.9 SO/9, 4.9 WAR

Wade Miley (CIN): 96.1 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.163 WHIP, 7.1 SO/9, 4.5 WAR

Gerrit Cole (NYY): 114.0 IP, 2.68 ERA, 0.930 WHIP, 11.6 SO/9, 4.3 WAR

See 2021 pitching leaders at Baseball-Reference.com

Batters:

Fernando Tatis Jr.* (SDP): .286 BA, 1.020 OPS, 28 HR, 20 SB, 4.3 WAR

Marcus Semien* (TOR): .277 BA, .873 OPS, 22 HR, 10 SB, 4.3 WAR

Max Muncy (LAD): .270 BA, .972 OPS, 19 HR, 1 SB, 4.2 WAR

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR): .332 BA, 1.089 OPS, 28 HR, 2 SB, 4.2 WAR

Joey Gallo (TEX): .239 BA, .923 OPS, 24 HR, 6 SB, 4.0 WAR

Brandon Crawford (SFG): .289 BA, .921 OPS, 18 HR, 7 SB, 4.0 WAR

See 2021 batting leaders at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

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Jonathan India Cincinnati Reds

Any new thoughts on India given another month plus of data?  Seems to be outperforming expectations so far. 

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Triston Casas Boston Red Sox


Triston Casas, Double-A Portland (Red Sox)—Casas hit a two-run blast in the first inning to help Portland to a 9-3 win over Reading on Tuesday. The 21-year-old third baseman has not shown the same level of power since arriving in the upper minors, with five home runs in 44 games after hitting 20 in 120 games mostly at Low-A in 2019. Casas is hitting .268/.353/.409 with 28 RBIs and 21 walks.

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At the All-Star break

AL Standings

EastWLGBWL%
BOS5536--.604
TBR53371.5.589
TOR45428.0.517
NYY46438.0.517
BAL286126.0.315
 
CentralWLGBWL%
CHW5435--.607
CLE45428.0.517
DET405115.0.440
MIN395015.0.438
KCR365318.0.405
 
WestWLGBWL%
HOU5536--.604
OAK52403.5.565
SEA48437.0.527
LAA45449.0.506
TEX355519.5.389

Full Standings

Most Likely Playoff Scenario 
HOU vs. (BOS or OAK)
TBR vs. CHW
See Full Playoff Odds

NL Standings

EastWLGBWL%
NYM4740--.540
PHI44443.5.500
ATL44454.0.494
WSN42476.0.472
MIA39509.0.438
 
CentralWLGBWL%
MIL5339--.576
CIN48424.0.533
STL44468.0.489
CHC44468.0.489
PIT345618.0.378
 
WestWLGBWL%
SFG5732--.640
LAD56352.0.615
SDP53406.0.570
COL405118.0.440
ARI266632.5.283

Full Standings

Most Likely Playoff Scenario 
LAD vs. (SFG or SDP)
MIL vs. PHI
See Full Playoff Odds

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Freddy Peralta Milwaukee Brewers

Stathead Spotlight: Freddy Peralta

Youngest pitchers to strike out every batter they faced in an All-Star Game (min. 3 BF)

PlayerAge
(Yrs.Days)
DateTmLgInnSOBF
Shane Bieber24.039 2019‑07‑09CLEAL533
Gene Conley24.244 1955‑07‑12 MLNNL1233
Freddy Peralta25.039 2021‑07‑13MILNL733
Bobby Shantz26.286 1952‑07‑08PHAAL533
Jacob deGrom27.025 2015‑07‑14NYMNL633
Aroldis Chapman27.136 2015‑07‑14CINNL933

See the list at Stathead.com's Pitching Game Finder

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Liam Hendriks Chicago White Sox

Figures to be the only time all season a reliever makes the list.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.J.T. RealmutoMike ZuninoFreddy PeraltaMax Scherzer

2021 All-Star Game Top Performers

Batters:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.* (AL): 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

J.T. Realmuto* (NL): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Mike Zunino* (AL): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Xander Bogaerts (AL): 2-3, 1 RBI

Marcus Semien (AL): 1-2, 1 RBI

Manny Machado (NL): 1-1, 1 R

Teoscar Hernandez (AL): 1-2, 1 R

Pitchers:

Freddy Peralta* (NL): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Max Scherzer* (NL): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

German Marquez (NL): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Shohei Ohtani (AL): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Liam Hendriks (AL): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K

* - pictured above

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Taijuan Walker New York Mets

In the New York Post today:

The Mets’ Taijuan Walker made his debut in this game by serving up a homer to his former Mariners battery mate Mike Zunino, now with the Rays, and striking out the Royals’ Whit Merrifield during his one inning of work.

“I had a good time. It was fun,” Walker said. “I got myself a strikeout and gave up a homer to a teammate who knows how I pitch.”

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The highlight, he said, was “just hearing my family [his wife, mother and siblings] scream for me. I heard them scream for me when I got the strikeout.”

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Michael Conforto New York Mets

I guess the fact that none of us answered is your answer, Joel.

There's little comfort in Mike Puma's grade today in the Post.

Michael Conforto: F

He has been lost at the plate all season, and the hamstring injury that cost him a month only exacerbated matters. This is no way to earn a big contract. 

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Jeff McNeil New York Mets

I'm not sure Met fans would agree Lindor and McNeil get the same grade, but whatever.

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Mike Puma, continuing to hand out grades today in the New York Post.

Jeff McNeil: C –

Did he and Lindor ever decide if it was a rat or raccoon in the tunnel by the dugout? McNeil, like Lindor, was a first-half disappointment.

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