Last night, the Indians made history winning their 20th game in a row tying the modern baseball record with the 2002 Oakland A’s. With all the excitement of this winning streak, you may have missed what else the Indians did last night and that was surpassing the Washington Nationals for the 2nd-best record in baseball.
During this streak, the Indians have passed up the Red Sox and Astros to gain the best record in the American League, but now by passing up the Nationals for the number two spot, the Indians look poised to take a run at the Dodgers and the best record in baseball.
On August 23rd, the last time the Indians lost a game, they sat at 69-56 as compared to the Dodgers who were 89-36. Making up 20 games in less than a month and a half seemed impossible to many, but the Indians hadn’t yet started playing their best baseball. Since then the Indians have won 20-straight games and the Dodgers have only won four, including an 11-game losing streak, leaving the Indians now four games back of the best record in baseball.
Before this streak began, many wondered in the Indians would even overtake the Red Sox to secure home field in the ALDS while now getting home field advantage throughout the entire playoffs seems very obtainable.
After finishing up today in San Francisco, the Dodgers then head to Washington to take on the Nationals in a battle of the top teams in the National League. This will be a great opportunity for the Indians to keep chipping away at that deficit as they take on the Kansas City Royals. If the Dodgers keep losing and the Indians keep winning, they could be tied for that top spot as early as next Monday.
These next few weeks leading up to the postseason are sure to be very exciting. With teams not only fighting for positioning but a spot in the playoffs. Regardless of what happens with the Indians and what spot they end up finishing in the standings, with this current winning streak, they look to be the team to beat in the entire MLB.
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