Welcome to yet another Saturday here with the CBS Sports daily Major League Baseball roundup. We’ll be hitting on all the action throughout the day, including the first AL team to reach 50 games, a Mets rookie continuing to power up, feel-good moment in St. Louis and so much more. 

Can the Phillies and/or Brewers break their losing streaks? Will the Reds and/or Nationals continue their surge toward contention? 

The first-place matchup between the Astros (six straight losses) and Yankees (seven straight wins) is a nice hot-against-cold matchup. 

Let’s get to it. 

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Saturday’s schedule, scores

Phillies drop sixth straight

Make it six consecutive losses for the Phillies, who have slipped to 39-37 on the season. On Saturday, they were done in by minor league journeyman Wilkin Castillo, who drove in the game-tying and game-winning run with a seventh inning double. It was Castillo’s first MLB hit in 10 years and two days.

Here is video of Castillo’s clutch double. The Marlins backstop was playing in his first MLB game since 2009.

As for the Phillies, they received solo home runs from Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins, plus a run-scoring single from Harper, but the bullpen could not protect a two-run lead. Adam Morgan, fresh off the injured list, retired only two of the five batters he faced, and was charged with three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

The Phillies have seen their NL East title odds drop from 15.5 percent to 5.5 percent during his six-game losing streak, according to FanGraphs. Their slump dates back much further than six games too. Philadelphia is 6-15 since their 33-22 start, and they’ve gone from 3 1/2 games up in the division to five games back.

Twins first to 50 wins in AL

The Dodgers came into Saturday with 52 wins, but no team in the AL had yet reached the 50-win mark. That changed with the Twins beating the Royals. 

Yes, the Twins get to beat up on the Royals and Tigers in the AL Central while the White Sox haven’t completely turned the corner yet and the Indians have been a disappointment to date. We have to acknowledge these things. We also need to point out that heading into the season, the odds would have heavily favored the Red Sox, Yankees or Astros to be the first AL team to reach 50 wins. Past them, we’d next be looking at the Indians and then either the Rays or A’s.

The Twins aren’t even halfway through their schedule and they have won 50. Who would’ve thought this deep into the season the Twins would be on pace to win over 100 games? It’s been a remarkable first half and given their offensive firepower, things aren’t likely to slow down any time soon.

Of note in this game? Miguel Sano homered for the second straight game. 

Man, if he goes on a surge with how good the rest of the offense has been, watch out. 

The Twins did lose starter Jose Berrios to a blister. He had gone seven scoreless innings before the issue arose, and it helped the Royals tie the game, making Berrios’ line look a lot worse than it probably should. 

Ryu allows three runs for first time in 2019

For the first time this season, Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed more than two runs in a game. Heck, only five times in his 14 starts prior to Saturday did he allow more than one run. The Rockies tagged Ryu for three runs in six innings Saturday, though the Dodgers gave them help with some defensive miscues. Only one of the three runs was earned.

One earned run in six innings raises Ryu’s ERA from 1.26 to 1.27, which is still the best in baseball by a comfortable margin. Rays righty Charlie Morton is a distant second with a 2.31 ERA. Ryu last allowed three runs in a start last September 11, when the Reds got to him for three runs (all earned) in five innings.

Going back to Opening Day 2018, Ryu has pitched to a 1.59 ERA in 181 1/3 innings. There have been a few injuries mixed in along the way, plus 11 runs in 19 postseason innings last year, but Ryu is on some kind of roll right now. As good as we’ve seen in a long time.

Alonso makes history as Mets embarrass Cubs

Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso clubbed his 26th home run of the season, which already ties the Mets rookie record despite not even being halfway through the season. For more on that, we’ve got a whole post.

As for the game, the Mets dominated every facet. The underrated Jeff McNeil drove home three runs and is hitting .343. Zack Wheeler gave up a pair of hits to start the game, but then got a Javier Baez double play and never looked back. The Mets have taken two of the first three games of this series. 

For the Cubs, it was an embarrassing effort, if we can even call it an effort. Jose Quintana was terrible, the offense was punchless until it didn’t matter and a careless error by Victor Caratini is what started the nail-in-the-coffin fifth inning. The Cubs are still in first place, but they have gone 12-17 in the last month and, more recently, have dropped eight of their last 12 games.

Craig Kimbrel is coming soon, but he will only be pitching one inning at a time a few games a week. The problems run deeper here. Again, though, the Cubs remain in first, and that’s always good. 

Dietrich sets hit-by-pitch record

Congrats to Reds professional pest Derek Dietrich. He set a new MLB record this weekend by getting hit by six — six! — pitches. Two on Thursday, three on Friday, and one more on Saturday. Dietrich still has Sunday, the fourth game of this weekend’s series with the Brewers, to add to his record.

A few of Dietrich’s hit-by-pitches this weekend were, shall we say, questionable. Questionable in that it looked like he stuck out his (heavily padded) elbow intentionally to get on base. Dietrich was asked about that following Friday’s three hit-by-pitch performance. From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon:

“It’s funny, the guys were asking me, ‘How many of those do you think you’re getting hit by and how many did you try to get hit by?'” Dietrich said. “I was like, ‘Well, I don’t really try to get hit by any of them. If they come up and in, they come up and in.’ It just kind of happens. It’s part of the game. I’ve never really shied away from it. Guys try to get out of the way. I don’t try to get out of the way. I hold my ground. I stay in the box.

“Getting on base is big whether it’s a walk, hit, hit by pitch, it doesn’t matter. When you’re on base, you’re creating chaos. The way we’re hitting now, it’s important.”

The hit-by-pitch has always been a big part of Dietrich’s game. He led the league with 24 hit-by-pitches in 2016 and, since Opening Day 2013, Dietrich ranks second in hit-by-pitches (107, behind only Anthony Rizzo’s 123) despite rankings 131st in plate appearances.

Highlight of the day: Pujols homers in St. Louis

For the first time ever, Albert Pujols hit a home run in St. Louis as a member of an opposing team. 

Full story here

Quick hits

  • The Indians have signed righty reliever Cody Allen to a minor league contract. He was recently released by the Angels. Allen and Twins chief baseball office Derek Falvy know each other from their time with the Indians.
  • The Pirates have placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the injured list with a left shoulder injury. Outfielder Jason Martin has been recalled in his place. 
  • The Rays made several roster moves. On the big-league roster now are infielder Mike Brosseau and lefty reliever Adam Kolarek. Utility man Daniel Robertson was placed on the injured list with a knee strain and reliever Austin Pruitt was sent to the minors.
  • The Indians have designated center fielder Leonys Martin for assignment. As a corresponding move, they called up pitcher Aaron Civale to make his MLB debut. 
  • The Brewers optioned pitcher Corbin Burnes to Triple-A and called back reliever Aaron Wilkerson. They have also moved Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen. 
  • The Tigers have promoted right-hander Jose Cisnero to the majors and designate reliever Carlos Torres for assignment as a corresponding move.