After winning the National League Baseball World Series Championship, I was more than thrilled as a lifetime Cubs fan to FINALLY see that happen. It took 108 years. Now, there seems to be another record being broke. Interesting enough, it was a record set by the Chicago Cubs, tied recently by the Cleveland Indians.
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians set the American League record with their 21st STRAIGHT win. They beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-3, to join only TWO other teams, 1916 New York Giants and the 1935 Chicago Cubs, who have in the past 101 YEARS won that many consecutive games! The Giants won 26 games but that includes an astericks (one tie). The Cubs won 21 games.
How amazing is that?! Even if you’re not an Indians fan, THAT is pretty amazing! As the late Chicago Cubs announcer, Harry Caray would say…HOLY COW!
H/T Yahoo News:
For more than 100 years, American League teams have gone on winning streaks of varying lengths — short ones, long ones, double-digit ones.
Nothing, though, like the one the Cleveland Indians have pieced together.
A streak for the ages.
Moving past the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics, the Indians set the AL record with their 21st straight win on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many consecutive games.
Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Buck Farmer (4-3) and Mike Clevinger (10-5) won his fourth straight start as the Indians, a team with its sights set on ending the majors’ longest World Series title drought, matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest streak since 1900.
And in doing so, they separated themselves from every AL team since the league was formed in 1901.
“Who would’ve ever thought that we’d be in this situation?” Bruce said. “I can’t even imagine.”
Now that they’ve moved past those 2002 A’s immortalized on film, the Indians are within five wins of catching the 1916 New York Giants, who won 26 straight without a loss but whose century-old mark includes a tie.
The Indians haven’t lost in 20 days, and they’ve rarely been challenged during a late-season run in which they’ve dominated every aspect of the game.
“I think they’re enjoying themselves,” manager Terry Francona said as clubhouse music boomed in the background. “They should. I think what’s kind of cool about our game is when you do things, and you do them the right way, I think it means more. Our guys are playing the game to win, the right way.
“That part’s very meaningful. They should enjoy what they’re doing. It’s pretty special.”
After leading 4-1, the Indians had to overcome a costly error and rely on their bullpen to hold off the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12 to Cleveland and saw manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann ejected from the series finale.
Roberto Perez added a homer in the seventh and four Cleveland relievers finished, with Cody Allen working the ninth for his 27th save.
With the crowd of 29,346 standing and stomping, Allen retired Ian Kinsler on a sinking liner for the final out, giving the Indians the league’s longest streak since the AL was founded 116 years ago.
There was no big celebration afterward as the Indians simply congratulated one another and stuck to their routine.
“We’re so focused,” said Bruce, who arrived via trade last month from the New York Mets. “I thought we were playing the Royals today. … Everyone comes here and gets ready to play today and I think that’s something that speaks volumes.”
During their streak, which began with a 13-6 win over Boston ace Chris Sale on Aug. 23, the Indians have rarely been tied, never mind equaled, for nine innings. They have been superior in every way possible.
Cleveland’s starters have gone 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA, they’ve outscored their opponents 139-35 and trailed in only four of 189 innings.
Incredibly, the Indians have hit more home runs (40) than their pitchers have given up in total runs.
And while they’ve racked up win after win, the defending AL champs have reduced their magic number for winning their second straight AL Central title to four. They’ve also passed Houston for the league’s best record, which will come into play in the postseason as the team with the best overall mark will have home-field advantage.
Now that they’re alongside the 1935 Cubs, the Indians have a realistic shot of running down the 1916 Giants.
But it’s not the ultimate goal. After taking the Chicago Cubs to the brink of elimination in Game 7 of the World Series last year, Cleveland is looking to finally complete the task this season. Doing so would erase the longest World Series drought in baseball. The Chicago Cubs can certainly relate to that one too!
The Indians have viewed the streak as a perfect postseason warmup as they try to end a Series title drought dating to 1948.
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