The Cleveland Indians now own the American League record of 21 straight wins after today’s 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. They surpassed the 2002 Oakland Athletics who had the previous record of 20 straight wins. The win also pulled them into a tie with the 1935 Chicago Cubs who also won 21 straight games. The all time major league record is 26 set by the 1916 New York Giants club. That steak however included a tie game but is still recognized as the league’s longest winning streak.
The Indians have put up some incredible numbers during the 21 game streak. They have hit 41 home runs and only allowed only 35 runs posting seven shutout victory’s. The Tribe has outscored their opponents during this run by an incredible 104 runs. Indians pitchers have struck out 193 batters in the 21 games while the starting rotation has post a sub 2.00 ERA.
The winning streak has propelled the Indians (90-56) into the number one seed in the American League as they are now two games ahead of the Houston Astros. The also now trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 3-1/2 games for the top overall record in the major leagues. Their magic number to clinch the Central Division now stands at four. After they clinch you can expect Tito Francona to get some of his guys some rest the last two weeks of the regular season as they head towards October.