A day game replete with story lines, but none are as stellar as the obvious: the 2017 Cleveland Indians now have won 21 games in a row and hold the Major League Baseball record for consecutive wins after a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The other current MLB record holder is the Chicago Cubs in 1935 also with 21 wins. The previous AL record holder was the Oakland Athletics in 2002 with 20 wins, a team that inspired the movie “Moneyball”. The Indians sit alone with the longest consecutive win streak in AL history.
Complete domination has been the running theme throughout this winning streak as the Tribe has outscored opponents 139-35 over the course of the 21 games. They have only trailed at the end of four innings in the entire 189 innings played since the streak began. The team has a better run differential during these 21 games than all but seven teams have had over the course of the entire season to date. Indians batters have hit for more home runs (42, including two today by Jay Bruce and Roberto Perez, respectively) than Indians pitchers haveallowed runs to score (36). The two run differential in the record-setting victory on Wednesday was only the seventh time during the streak a game has been that close. Only three games have been decided by a single run.
Streaks like this are near impossible as the historical significance suggests. Injuries and random variance usually curtail anything lasting more than a week’s worth of games. The current longest AL winning streak outside the Indians belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, which stands at four. The Colorado Rockies are the only team in the NL with a longer streak than them as they have won six straight. Heck, the Detroit Tigers longest winning streak this entire season sits at four games.
This Tribe team, however, has overcome injuries to players previously deemed indispensable. Two sets of doubleheaders within three days have been dispatched. Lengthy road trips and few days off have been pushed aside to set a record that might not be touched for decades.
The Indians will continue their unrelenting parade through the AL Central as they take on the Kansas City Royals Thursday at Progressive Field. The Tribe sends Josh Tomlin to the mound to face a team they have shut out six times in 2017.