As I said after Tuesday's win, there is no sign of this team slowing down.
The Indians will host Detroit on Wednesday and bid to reach the Major League record of 21 consecutive wins set by the 1935 Chicago Cubs. They are also just two more wins away from tying the all-time Major League Baseball record set by the Chicago Cubs back in 1935, when they reached 21 straight W's.
It's a remarkable, dominant stretch of baseball. He had that whole streak of eight-game strikeouts during the year, and during this win streak, he's been brilliant, posing a 1.40 ERA in 32 innings pitched.
MVP during the streak: This is a tough one. Shortstop Francisco Lindor provided the only run necessary by leading off the first with his 30th homer - his third in four games and ninth during the team's tear. Neither has made an error, and Ramirez's ability to slide over from third base to second base with Jason Kipnis out has been vital.
The Detroit Tigers were able to get ahead 1-0 in the first inning thanks to a Jeimer Candelario double to left center.
Trevor Bauer had another very good outing, allowing two runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts over 6.1 innings.
To win 21 games in a row during a long, exhausting season is the height of improbability. During the winning streak the Indians are 9-0 vs KC and Detroit. Taijuan Walker (9-7, 3.33) has won three straight starts, including when he struck out 10 in five scoreless innings against the Rockies on September 1.
The Detroit Tigers will start a four-game set at home starting tomorrow against the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians will start a four-game set at home starting tomorrow against the Kansas City Royals. With one out, Manny Machado doubled to right field, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jonathan Schoop. How about Ryan Merritt? As for Clevinger, he hasn't given up a run in his last three straight starts, a span of 18.0 innings.
"You never really expect a first-inning home run like Lindor hit, or a first-inning missed chance like we had, to decide the game", Kinsler said. The Cleveland manager's disdain for the big-picture perspective such discussions require - at the expense of that day-to-day diligence that is part of baseball's DNA - is such that he won't even say the word "streak".
"After I fouled one off, I said, 'I've already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game, '" Kipnis said. - Jay Bruce (via @jareddiamond), who was acquired from the Mets on August 9.