Indians edge Royals, extend streak to 22 wins

Indians close in on 1935 Cubs’ long-standing consecutive wins mark

Indians close in on 1935 Cubs’ long-standing consecutive wins mark

He pitched into the sixth and allowed four runs.

Cleveland Indians fans have been waiting for that signature win all year.

In fact, they're just the second squad in 82 years to get within a game of the mark set by a pennant-winning team on the North Side of Chicago.

There's nothing like some old-fashioned skepticism to ruin a really good time. Cleveland is now on a 21-game winning streak and Miller has been out for all of it. The Indians' bullpen has a 2.15 FIP during the streak, nearly a full run better than the relievers for the Boston Red Sox, who are collectively the second-best group of relievers (3.12 FIP) since August 24.

At this point I don't even know what to say when it comes to the streak.

The Indians have beaten the odds and broken the record by, essentially, playing like an all-star team. The incredible string of wins is tied for the most in American League history and they are the first since the 2002 Oakland A's to capture so many consecutive victory.

The Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday to set the American League record for consecutive wins. The next night, the 30-year-old's run-scoring double sealed a 3-2 win over Kansas City and helped the Indians secure a playoff berth by virtue of Houston's win over the Los Angeles Angels. Here's a quick look at the longest winning streaks in baseball this century and just how profitable they were for bettors.

Thursday night's game was the first time during the streak that the Indians trailed entering the ninth inning and the first game that went to extra innings, and was only the fourth one-run win of the stretch.

The combination of the two makes Cleveland a worthy favorite to win the 2017 World Series, and FanGraphs puts their chances at 19.1 percent.

Win no. 22 was much different than those that preceded it. By the time the streak began, Seattle was already first in the AL standings with a 32-12 record. He hasn't made a regular season relief appearance since 2010. But because the tied game was replayed from the start the next day, it did not count and therefore prolonged New York's streak. In the past, elite run prevention has been a sine qua non for championship clubs. "I promise you I've given it no thought".

Cleveland's starting pitchers have a 1.77 ERA over 137.2 innings.

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. Facing teams that are only slightly worse than they are, the Indians would probably be a 60/40 or at best 70/30 favourite in any given playoff series.

Or did they tie the Major League record? It also stood as one more loss than the team had in both June and July - combined. Betting markets agree, putting their odds at just over 20%. Except. the '01 Mariners lost the ALCS to the Yankees and the 1906 Cubs lost the World Series in six games to the crosstown White Sox.

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