Cleveland Sets AL Record For Consecutive Victories


With their 5 – 3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians set the American League record for consecutive wins at 21.

The victory surpasses the previous record of 20 set by the Oakland Athletics back in 2002. Those A’s were immortalized on the big screen in Moneyball, which starred Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt.

The last time the Indians lost was on Wednesday, August 23 against the Boston Red Sox. They’d win the final game of the series the next night, and the 20 games after that as well.

It’s September 13 and the Indians have won 14 games this month. On September 1, the Indians swept a double-header against Detroit, giving them more wins this month than there have been days.

It’s been nothing short of insanity. They’ve only trailed at the end of four innings over these 21 games. Four! 

Detroit took a 1 – 0 lead in the first, but Cleveland swiped that lead right back on Jay Bruce’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the inning. They wouldn’t trail again.

Cleveland is currently tied with the 1880 Chicago White Stockings (1880!) and the 1935 Chicago Cubs at 21 straight wins. The 1916 New York Giants have the all-time record of 26 straight, but it included a tie amidst that run. While that technicality doesn’t give the Indians a chance at taking the reigns with a 22nd straight win tomorrow, it certainly puts them in the most rarefied of air.

During the streak, Cleveland’s surpassed the Astros by making up 9.5 games and grabbed sole possession of the AL’s best record. They’re creeping on the Dodgers as well, who finally broke their epic losing streak.

The Indians have won so much, it has created unforeseen issues. Notably, the Indians Twitter account, which was adding a “W” before the “I” for each victory, has run out of room. Twitter only allows 20 characters, so they’ve had to get creative.

With such an epic string of wins, the Tribe has forced the national media to take note. Jose Ramirez’s incredible offensive production has finally gotten some MVP chatter going, while Corey Kluber’s dominance has folks giving him the nod over Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young race.

It’s been a long time since a team was on a heater like this. They’ll get the Royals for four games with hopes they’ll face the Angels for a chance at the all-time record of 26 straight.

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