The longest current winning streak in the National League belongs to the 61-59 Arizona Diamondbacks.
With center fielder Chris Young going 4-for-5, right fielder Justin Upton finishing 2-for-6 and second baseman Aaron Hill driving home three, the Snakes cruised to their third straight victory on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, stomping the Astros 12-4.
Young has four extra-base hits and five RBI over his past four games and has lifted his OPS a whole 40 points (from .728 to .768) in just four days. Hill, meanwhile, boasts 15 total homers and 52 total RBI.
The Diamondbacks are 19-16 since the All-Star break — keeping afloat in the National League West.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1
Cubs 3, Reds 5 (Game 1)
Red Sox 4, Yankees 1
Pirates 4, Cardinals 5
Orioles 3, Tigers 2
Diamondbacks 12, Astros 4
White Sox 4, Royals 9
Mets 2, Nationals 0
Rays 10, Angels 8
Phillies 4, Brewers 3
Dodgers 6, Braves 2
Cubs 9, Reds 7 (Game 2)
Indians 5, Athletics 8
Marlins 6, Rockies 5
Twins 2, Mariners 3
Giants 8, Padres 7
The Orioles have inked shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reported Saturday. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training and will allow Escobar to earn $700,000 in the majors if he breaks camp with the team (via Jon Heyman of MLB Network). The team has yet to formally announce the agreement.
Escobar, 32, completed an eight-year run with the Royals in 2018. No longer the .280-average, 3.0-fWAR player of seasons past, he hit several career lows after batting .231/.279/.313 with four home runs, eight stolen bases (in 10 chances), and a .593 OPS through 531 plate appearances last year. His defensive ratings also took a hit, and FanGraphs pegged him as the fourth-worst shortstop in the majors after he accumulated -12 DRS over the course of the season, only slightly higher than the Orioles/Dodgers’ Manny Machado, Mets’ Amed Rosario, and Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts.
Still, Heyman holds that Escobar is being considered for the starting gig this spring and could yet prove an upgrade over top prospects and infield candidates Richie Martin and Drew Jackson. At the very least, the veteran shortstop figures to stabilize the position given Martin and Jackson’s relative inexperience, as both infielders played to varying results in Double-A Tulsa last year and have yet to break into the majors. Should either player earn consideration for the position in camp, however, Escobar might still work his way onto the Opening Day roster in a utility role as he saw some time at third base, second base, and center field in 2018.