Two Baseball Streaks, One's Awesome And The Other Is Not

Two Baseball Streaks, One’s Awesome And The Other Is Not

11 Sep, 2017

The Indians are no longer just chasing history. With 18 consecutive wins in the books, Cleveland now has its sights on the best record in baseball.

On Sunday night, the Indians extended their franchise-record winning streak with a 3-2 win over the Orioles, courtesy of homers from Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez and a solid start by Trevor Bauer. With the victory, Cleveland became only the fifth team on record to win at least 18 consecutive games.

Meanwhile the Dodgers, losers of 10 straight, are mired in their worst skid in 25 years and look for a reprieve as they visit the last-place San Francisco Giants.

The AL Central leaders overtook the sluggish Los Angeles Dodgers, who are 1-15 in their last 16 games.

The Indians haven’t lost since Aug. 23, have outscored their opponents 121-32 and have trailed in only four of 162 innings during the stretch.

The benefit of the long winning streak for the Indians (87-56) has been overtaking the Astros (86-57) for the best record in the American League.In the event of a tie, Cleveland owns a tiebreaker over Houston. The AL Central-leading Tribe is also now just five games back of the Dodgers (92-51) for baseball’s best ledger, which would earn home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Besides trying to run down the Dodgers, Cleveland is hunting an historic winning streak. The 1935 Cubs hold the record with 21 consecutive wins, followed by the 2002 A’s (20) and the 1947 Yankees (19). The Indians have tied the 1953 Yankees for the fourth-longest streak of wins in consecutive games. The Elias Sports Bureau credits the 1916 Giants with a 26-game winning streak, though that run includes a tie within a 27-game stretch.

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