By Liam Garvey
The Cleveland Indians made history this season for having the most consecutive wins as an American League team. The record was broken on Thursday September 14th, 2017 when Jay Bruce hit a walk off double to right field which brought the score to 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Making a franchise record as well with the 22 game win streak, the Indians now hold the number one spot in the American League Central with the Minnesota Twins trailing by 16 games. There 22 game win streak was the second longest streak in Major League history. Pitcher Trevor Bauer tells the Cleveland.com, “It’s been a really good team bonding thing. Everyone’s kind of into it and they enjoy it.” The 1916 New York Giants hold the record with 26 consecutive wins. Although, the Giants 1916 team did have a tie in the middle of their 26-win streak, the Major League Baseball does classify it as the longest win streak in baseball history. The “Windians,” streak was ended on September 15th by the Kansas City Royals with a loss of 3-2.
Before the Indians’ streak started, they were 7.5 games behind the Houston Astros, and 3.5 games behind the Red Sox. Also, before the streak they had a 4.5 game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. When the streak ended they were up 13.5 games over the Twins. The Twins went 12-8 when the Indians went on their 22 game win streak. During the streak they played 36 different players but no player played in all 22 games. The Indians also outscored the opposing team by 105 runs and had 41 more homeruns than them. The Indians achieved a 21-1 Pythagorean record. The Pythagorean Record is an estimation on how many games a baseball team “should,” have won depending on how many runs they score and how many runs they have allowed.
This streak helped to have the best record in the American League Central Division. Their success earned them a postseason spot already. Worst case scenario, the Indians will have the second wild card spot for the 2017 playoffs. The Indians tied the 2002 Oakland Athletics record on September 13th with the streak of 20. The Oakland Athletics 2002 team, with General Manager Billy Beane, had a 20-consecutive win streak. That 2002 team took a sabermetrics route to success, which is the application of statistical analysis to baseball records in order to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players. For batting, they focus on the On-base percentage which is total number of hits, plus bases on balls, plus hit by pitch, divided by plate appearances. Pitching is calculated by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by the number of innings pitched, and multiplying by 9, the number of innings.
The Cleveland Indians are now at a record of 98-58 coming into the final stretch of the regular season. They have also clinched the American League Central Division with six more games left in the regular season before the ALCD playoffs start.