20 Straight and MLB Record in Site
13 Sep, 2017
The Indians may not be swept up in their historic winning streak, but the significance of this moment is not lost on the players inside Cleveland’s clubhouse.
With their 2-0 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night, a win powered by a complete-game gem from ace Corey Kluber, the Indians won their 20th game in a row. That moved the Tribe into a tie with the 2002 A’s for the longest run of consecutive wins in American League history, and put the Indians one win shy of the modern baseball record.
“It’s something special,” Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “It’s going to be there forever.”
The 1935 Cubs hold the mark for most wins in consecutive games with 21 — a mark the Tribe will aim for on Wednesday afternoon on MLB.TV and MLB Network (noon ET), with starter Mike Clevinger on the hill. The Elias Sports Bureau credits the 1916 New York Giants with an MLB-record 26-game winning streak, though that impressive run included a tie within a 27-game stretch.
Kluber was on the mound the last time Cleveland lost — back on Aug. 23 against the Red Sox. During the Tribe’s incredible 20-game run, the ace and his rotation counterparts have powered the streak with overwhelming pitching. The starting staff has gone a combined 18-0 with a 1.71 ERA during the winning streak.
Cleveland now has seven shutouts within this streak and an MLB-leading 19 shutouts on the season (the most in a year by the Indians since 1968). In the latest, which represented Kluber’s sixth career shutout (and third this season), the right-hander struck out eight, scattered five hits and walked none en route to his 16th win of the season.
With the win, the AL Central-leading Indians are within four games of the Dodgers for baseball’s best record. Cleveland also saw its magic number to clinch its second straight division crown trimmed to five.
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