The last few weeks have been glorious times for the Cleveland Indians and their fans. With last night’s victory over Baltimore, the Tribe has now won 16 games in a row.
With every triumph, the streak seems to set a new record. It’s the longest winning streak in the history of the Indians ball club, and the longest streak in the major league since 2002. It’s only the third time since 1961 that a major league baseball team has won at least 16 games in a row. It’s nice to know, too, that Russell, UJ and I got to see part of the history. We witnessed two of the wins on the streak, when the Tribe shut out the Royals back to back for wins 3 and 4 two weeks ago.
The Tribe still has a ways to go, however, if it really wants to put its name in the record books: the all-time longest winning streak for a big league baseball team is 21 games, achieved by the 1935 Chicago Cubs. (The longest losing streak, in case you’re interested, is 23 games by the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies.)
The games we saw against Kansas City were a microcosm of the streak, because the Tribe has been doing it with the basics: excellent starting pitching, solid bullpen work, good defense, and timely hitting, often with power. The streak has been particularly impressive because the team has won many of the games on the road while overcoming lots of injuries to key players, like Andrew Miller and Jason Kipnis. And the players themselves don’t seem to be fazed by the team’s success and are just going out and playing one game at a time.
Every streak ends, of course, but this one has been lots of fun to relish.