Winning seems infectious in Cleveland now because, just two weeks after the Cavaliers won the city’s first major title, the Cleveland Indians (46-30) are riding an 11-game winning streak. This is the longest win streak that the Indians have had in 34 years, when they won 11 straight during the 1982 season.
Number 11 came courtesy of a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. The streak hung in the balance during the ninth inning, with Cleveland and Atlanta tied at 2-2. Corey Kluber broke this tie, though, with a single that sparked a 3-run ninth for the Indians.
Aside from providing a tie-breaking single, Kluber also held the Braves to two runs and three hits through eight innings. Despite his great all-around game and the way the Indians are rolling, Kluber didn’t say much about the streak.
“No one is really talking about the winning streak,” said the pitcher. “We realize we are playing well right now. We’re just trying to keep that going. Ultimately, an 11-game game winning streak doesn’t mean much if you don’t continue to build the momentum that you have.”
The franchise record for consecutive wins is 13, which the Indians accomplished in 1942 and ’51. Back in 1922, they won 12 games, a mark that this team can tie by beating the Braves again.
The last time that Cleveland lost was on June 15th, when they were beaten 9-4 by their American League Central rivals, the Kansas City Royals. This capped off the Royals’ three-game sweep of the Indians, which must have sparked the team to achieve their latest feat.
Cleveland has since swept series with the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Detroit Tigers. It helps that the Rays (32-44) are last in the AL East, while Detroit (39-38) and Chicago (38-39) rank third and fourth in the Central. But this isn’t to take anything away from Cleveland, which has been playing their best ball of the summer.
Leading the AL Central
Getting swept by division rival and defending MLB champions Kansas City hurt because the Indians are battling with them for first place. But thanks to Cleveland’s winning streak, they don’t have to worry about the AL Central right now.
They hold a 6-game lead over the Royals (40-36) moving towards the mid-way point in the season. These teams will clash again multiple times throughout the second half of the year, but for now, Cleveland is on top.
Two More Games Against the Braves
The good news with regard to the Indians’ win streak is that they face Atlanta two more times. Both of these games are on the road, but the Braves have the league’s second-worst record at 26-51. Two more wins against Atlanta would be helpful, before the Indians travel north to the Toronto Blue Jays (41-37) for a three-game series.
They then come back home for three-game stands against the Tigers and New York Yankees (37-39). In total, the Indians will have played 12 straight days before finally getting a rest.
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Looking for Better than Last Year
There are still a lot of games left in the 2016 MLB season, but the Indians are already looking better than last year. Last season, Cleveland finished a mediocre 81-80 and missed the playoffs. In fact, this team hasn’t been to the postseason since 2013, when they were swept in an AL Wild Card series by Tampa Bay.
The last time that Cleveland won a playoffs series was in 2007, when they beat the Yankees 4-1 in the AL Division series. It looks like the Indians have a good chance to make the postseason and end their dry spell if things keep going well this season.