On Tuesday night, the Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 2-0. Tribe ace Corey Kluber pitched a complete game shutout. However, the game was more than just one win. It was the 20th consecutive win in a row for the Indians, tying them with the 2002 Oakland A’s for the longest winning streak in American League history. The team’s record now sits at 89-56, 14 games ahead of the 2nd-place Twins in the AL Central.
The Indians have absolutely dominated their opponents during this streak, hitting their stride with the bats, the gloves and the arms. No one is able to solve the Cleveland riddle and it is obvious that this team is ready for another run at the World Series.
It’s not just that the Indians are beating teams, but they are absolutely clobbering them. In the past 20 games, the Tribe has a run differential of over +100, which is absolutely unheard of. The pitching staff has an ERA of 1.60, which is also ridiculous.
What started off a shaky season, with a very cold April and May, has turned into one of the best seasons in team history. Every single player that puts on the Cleveland jersey has fully dedicated himself to this club and it shows with the results. Plus, they know how to stay loose, never getting too uptight even during the biggest situations. That’s important during a long a tiring baseball season.
To win 20 games in a row in baseball is just incredible. Sure, in the NBA you can form a super team and dominate like LeBron’s Heat did a few years back. That’s just totally different. In baseball, a bad team can easily take a game in a series from the best of ’em. Playoff teams lose 60-70 times in a season.
While the playoffs are still a few weeks away, no one can take away this streak from us. Even if the Tribe gets swept in the first round, which is highly unlikely, our streak will live forever in baseball history. Frankly, who knows when it will end with the way this team is playing such spirited baseball every night.
A World Series crown is the ultimate goal, but the Tribe has certainly already accomplished so much. Remember the year of 2017 as “The Streak.” Let the good times roll!
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