After a truly remarkable three weeks, the Cleveland Indians must be starting to get used to breaking records and creating history.
With Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the lowly Detroit Tigers, the Indians established a new American League record for consecutive wins, notching their 21st victory in a row. The mark ties the National League record set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs as the only team to win 21 times in 21 games. The 1916 New York Giants won 26 games without a loss, however that run included a tie.
The @Indians' 21-game win streak is absolutely phenomenal – especially in this era. My prediction: This new AL record will never be broken.
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) September 13, 2017
The numbers throughout the streak, which started with a 13-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on 24 August, have been unprecedented. The Tribe have out-scored their opponents by more than 100 runs (139-35) and found themselves behind after just four of the 189 innings. Of the 21 wins, 19 have been notched by the sizzling hot rotation which is collectively working to a 1.70 ERA, while the other two belong to relievers Cody Allen and Dan Otero. Allen has also picked up five saves, while Joe Smith has one. The team has shut out their opponent seven times.
Offensively, of the 40 home runs hit throughout the streak as a team combined, Francisco Lindor has nine and Jose Ramirez has eight, while Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion each have five. Lindor is hitting .370 and has knocked in 19, while Ramirez is hitting .388 and has knocked in 14. Santana (.357, 13 RBI), Yan Gomes (.311, 10 RBI), Roberto Perez (.378, 13 RBI), and Yandy Diaz (.357, 8 RBI) have also stayed hot throughout. The lineup 1 through 9 is mashing and seemingly cannot be stopped. Defensively the team has been just as impressive, committing just eight errors over the stretch.
The streak has boosted the team’s division lead over the Minnesota Twins from just 4.5 games back on 23 August, to an all-but unassailable 13.5 now with just 16 games remaining. They’ve also leap-frogged the Houston Astros for the number one seed in the League. Sitting on a 90-56 record, a 100-win season is not out of the realms of possibility. It would be just the third time in history they’ve achieved such a feat, joining the 1954 Indians who notched 111 wins before losing the World Series in four games to the New York Giants, and the 1995 Indians who notched 100 wins before also losing the World Series, 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves.
The team will look to continue the streak against the Kansas City Royals in a four game set at home starting tomorrow, before heading west to face the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners in three each. They close out the regular season back at home with three each against the Twins and Chicago White Sox.