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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Another grade from the Post's Mike Puma at the break --

Francisco Lindor: C –

This grade would have been much worse a month ago, but the $341 million shortstop has rebounded offensively. His defense remains elite. That said, he needs to be better.

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It sure does. With the eight-game winning streak, the AL moves to 46-43-2 overall. At the end of the 60's -- thanks to Willie, Hank, Ernie, Frank, etc -- the NL had a huge lead.

This year, the interleague score at the break is AL 86, NL 78.

Oddly, though, the NL has outscored the AL 765-741.

An oddity of last night's game: the AL fanned 11 times.

Only 11 times, really, considering the opposing pitchers were All-Stars.

The NL fanned three times.

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Dominic Smith New York Mets

He's hitting .329 in 70 AB v. lefties, .226 in 208 AB v. righties. Two homers against lefties.

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Dom's grade from Mike Puma at the break --

Dominic Smith: C +

Much more was expected from him than a .710 OPS after last season’s breakout. He’s crushing lefties, now he has to figure out righties.

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Sure seems like the AL dominance in the All-Star Game means something ... and it's probably as simple as "the AL has more good players".  As an NL fan, that's not fun ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aaron Loup New York Mets

Worth noting some other stats for Loup right now:

G/L/F 53/29/18

BABIP .329

BB 6

SO 34

HR 0

WHIP 1.00

Rating .89

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Mike Puma, handing out grades to the Mets during the break:

Aaron Loup: A

The Mets whiffed on Brad Hand last winter, but appear to have hit the jackpot with the left-hander Loup, who has pitched to a 1.61 ERA in 31 appearances. Quietly, a good addition for the Mets.

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Timothy Locastro New York Yankees

$89 (out of 1000) in the ADL.

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Joel Sherman, ignoring yet another AL win in the All-Star game:

... The Yankees begin the second half with four games against the Red Sox at home and they will play eight of their first 10 post-break games against Boston before three at Tampa Bay. Those games will be defining in many ways. The Yankees already are 0-6 against the Red Sox, and if that starts growing toward 0-10 in The Bronx, there will be a toxic level of fury and humiliation.

And the Yankees must contend with a Red Sox squad that, under Alex Cora, plays with an aggression and real confidence that they lack. On Saturday against the Astros, in a 1-0 game, Tim Locastro reached first with one out in the fifth inning and Brett Gardner reached first with two out in the ninth inning with Kyle Higashioka up. Neither time did the Yankees attempt a steal. Speed is pretty much Locastro’s and Gardner’s skill. Why are they even on the team if Boone is not going to demand a steal try in that spot?

You can build a team that sits around and waits for homers. But what you get is a horrible combo of passivity and bullyism — if you land the punch, you win, if not, you absorb all the punches. There are no counters. Can the Yankees summon the fight to get off the ropes of this season or do they really have a glass jaw?

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Gregory Santos San Francisco Giants

Suspended for 80 games due to PEDs.

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Jimmie Sherfy Los Angeles Dodgers
Claimed by Dodgers
July 13, 2021
The Dodgers claimed Sherfy off waivers from San Francisco on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.comreports.
The Giants designated Sherfy for assignment July 6, and he's caught on with the suddenly pitching-needy Dodgers just a week later. The righty posted a 4.22 ERA and 9:4 K:BB in 10.2 relief innings this season with San Francisco. Bobby Wahl was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Sherfy.
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Jorge Guzman Miami Marlins
Reinstated, optioned to Triple-A
July 13, 2021
Guzman (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday and optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville, Christina De Nicola of reports.
Guzman has been on a rehab stint with Jacksonville since late June, and he's allowed five earned runs on nine hits and four walks across 7.1 innings. He'll reclaim his spot on the 40-man roster with his Tuesday activation but will remain in Triple-A for the time being. The Marlins could look to stretch out Guzman in hopes of having him available to start big-league games later this season.
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Kyle Lobstein Milwaukee Brewers
Shipped to Milwaukee
July 13, 2021
Lobstein was traded from the Nationals to the Brewers in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday. He was assigned to Triple-A Nashville.
Lobstein was DFA'd by Washington on Saturday. The southpaw allowed three earned runs in 1.1 big-league innings this season but has a tidy 1.69 ERA to go along with a 25:8 K:BB in Triple-A. He'll continue the campaign at Nashville for now, but he figures to have a chance to join the Brewers' bullpen later this season.
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Jasson Dominguez New York Yankees


Gets call to full-season affiliate
July 13, 2021
The Yankees promoted Dominguez from the Florida Complex League to Low-A Tampa on Tuesday, Bryan Hoch of reports.
The 18-year-old made his professional debut earlier this month for the organization's FCL affiliate, appearing in seven games and going 4-for-20 with a pair of stolen bases. That was enough for the Yankees to move the switch-hitting outfielder up to the Low-A Southeast, where he'll be one of the league's youngest players. Lauded for his impressive bat speed, plus running and plus power, Dominguez will be one of the top prospects to monitor in the lower levels of minor-league baseball throughout the summer.
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Paul Goldschmidt St. Louis Cardinals


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He's in decline.  Yes, move him for a closer lottery pick.

John Hobbs Real-Joker

How are people feeling about Goldy for next year?  If you were out of it this year, would you trade Goldy (@35 in a high inflation league) for either Hembree or Soria.

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Jose "Garcia" Barrero Cincinnati Reds

Hit a homer in the Futures Game. From the ESPN account:

Barrero played 24 games for the Reds last year as Jose Garcia and changed his name in May to honor his mother, who died of COVID-19.

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Michael Toglia Colorado Rockies

Sorry to say, I missed the Futures Game. This would have been the highlight.

Toglia, a 22-year-old with Class A Spokane and familiar with Coors from his time in the Rockies' system, was cheered loudly by fans in a crowd of 49,012, by far the largest he had played in front of.

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Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds


07.13: Michael Lorenzen (should) is expected to return after the All-Starbreak. (Lorenzen has looked extremely impressive in his minor-league rehab outings, striking out three batters over three scoreless frames across two appearances at Triple-A Louisville. He appears poised to rejoin the Reds' bullpen after the All-Star break. He could be in the mix for saves right out of the gate, but veteran righty Heath Hembree has performed admirably in the role over the last few weeks.)

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