2017: This Year is Next Year
The Cleveland Indians appear to be in postseason form, which does not bode well for the last place Chicago White Sox as the Tribe visits Guaranteed Rate Field for four games this week.
The Indians (80-56) have won a season-high eleven straight games and have started their eleven-game road trip with a 7-0 start. A three-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the Bronx was followed by the Indians’ first ever four-game sweep of the Tigers in Detroit. The hot stretch has helped Cleveland open up a nine-game lead in the American League Central over the Minnesota Twins. The Tribe’s magic number has been reduced to 18 in the process. In addition to their eleven-game winning streak, the Indians have won 16 of their last 20 and 22 of their last 30.
The Cleveland Indians did something they had never done in their 117-year history on Sunday, completing a four-game sweep over the Tigers in Detroit to win their eleventh consecutive game.
The Indians may be the team to beat in the American League as they won their eleventh game in a row, joining a nine-game streak from the end of July to make them one of the top teams in baseball in the second half. They were backed by a strong return to the mound by Josh Tomlin, who made his first start in over a month, and an incredible game by Jose Ramirez that was also a historic performance in the long history of Major League Baseball.
May 1 is never a good time to hit a panic button when it comes to baseball.
Whether it is a team or player that has just gone through a sub-par April, the game has proven time and again that things are never exactly what they seem one month into any baseball season.
That old mantra has been proven yet again this summer when it comes to the Cleveland Indians and their $60 million dollar investment in Edwin Encarnacion. On May 1, many Tribe fans were shouting, complaining, and worried that Double E would be the latest in what seemed to be an emerging line of Indians’ free agent busts.
Eight strong innings from Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and four first inning runs paced the Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers, extending the team’s winning streak to ten straight games.
The Indians (79-56) have guaranteed another winning road trip by taking each of the first six games of their eleven-game stretch away from home. After sweeping three straight in New York to start their three-city tour, they have won each of the first three games in Detroit from a Tigers team that has now entered full rebuilding mode. The win at Comerica Park gave the Indians a Major League leading 43rd road win this season.
Game one of Friday’s doubleheader between Cleveland and Detroit came down to an RBI-single in the top of the ninth and a nail-biter finish with the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame in a 3-2 Indians win.
The Tribe made sure game two was nowhere near as close. Two runs in the second, three in the fourth, and five more in the sixth paced starter Mike Clevinger and three arms from the bullpen to a 10-0 victory in the nightcap from Comerica Park as the Indians (78-56) swept their second consecutive doubleheader and increased their winning streak to nine straight games, matching a season-high (July 21-29).
As if playing two games was not enough excitement for one day, the Indians and Tigers flirted with the possibility of extra innings in the series opener Friday afternoon from Detroit. After twice letting the Tigers tie the game up, Detroit loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a one-run game, but Cleveland reliever Joe Smith got the always-dangerous Miguel Cabrera to line out sharply to Francisco Lindor at short to give the Indians a 3-2 win in game one of the day’s doubleheader.
It was fitting that Lindor retired the final out after coming through with the go-ahead hit in the top of the inning to give the Indians (77-56) their eighth straight win.
The Cleveland Indians will get the final month of the regular season schedule started on Friday when the team takes on the Tigers for four games in three days from downtown Detroit.
The Indians (76-56) have hit their high water mark of the season behind an impressive 19-9 month of August. The Indians and Tigers will play a day-night doubleheader on Friday to make up a previous rain out before traditional start times on Saturday and Sunday. The Tribe is coming off a rare accomplishment for the club earlier in the week, wrapping up a long stretch of consecutive games played by sweeping the New York Yankees in the Bronx for the first time since 1989 while extending their winning streak to seven straight games. They head into action this weekend with a six and a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins, who have ripped off four straight wins while working themselves into the AL Wild Card picture. Cleveland will also look to continue its road dominance, working as one of three teams in all of baseball with 40 or more wins away from home.
Ryan Merritt made his second consecutive strong spot start and the Cleveland bats came alive as the Indians completed the rare three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium with a 9-4 win over the New York Yankees in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
The Indians (76-56) will take a well deserved Thursday off, holding a voluntary practice session in Detroit prior to their four-game series against the Tigers this weekend that includes another doubleheader on Friday night. They moved to 19-9 in the month of August and have a seven-game lead in the American League Central at day’s end as Minnesota defeated the Chicago White Sox for the second consecutive night with an 11-1 victory to improve to 19-10 in the month.
Two first inning runs would be all the support he would get, but Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland bullpen would make the runs stand up as the Indians defeated the New York Yankees, 2-1, in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader from Yankee Stadium.
Bauer and left-hander Jaime Garcia faced off against one another in the day’s first game and the Indians gave Bauer a pair of runs of support before he even took the mound. Francisco Lindor started the game with a single to right. He stole second after a fly out by Brandon Guyer and moved to third on a single to left by Jose Ramirez. A passed ball by Gary Sanchez allowed Lindor to score and Ramirez to move into scoring position and Yandy Diaz delivered the second run of the frame with a single to center.
Rains in New York on Tuesday forced the cancellation of the 7:05 PM ET game between the Yankees and the visiting Cleveland Indians.
The middle game of the three-game set between two of the top teams in the American League will be rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon as part of a traditional twin bill from Yankee Stadium.
Tuesday’s originally scheduled probables, right-hander Trevor Bauer (13-8, 4.59 ERA) and left-hander Jaime Garcia (5-8, 4.52), will get the call in the first game of Wednesday’s double dip at 1:05 PM ET.
There were plenty of bombs in the Bronx on Monday, but just one came courtesy of the Bronx Bombers as the Cleveland Indians supported Corey Kluber with four of their own in their defeat of the New York Yankees, 6-2.
The game was everything one could expect from a matchup of two of the top pitchers in the American League and teammates on the league’s All-Star squad back in July. The AL Central’s top club got out to an early lead with their ace on the mound, but would need a power surge in the late innings to ensure a win over the Wild Card leading Yankees.
After an impressive homestand, one that saw Cleveland go 5-2 at Progressive Field while firing three straight shutouts to wrap up the seven-game set, the Indians hit the road to begin an eleven-game road trip over the next eleven days. The first stop of their three-city tour is in the Big Apple, where the New York Yankees will host the Tribe for the next three days.
The Indians (73-56) rocked the Kansas City Royals over the weekend to increase their MLB-leading total to 15 shutouts on the year. They used a good balance of strong starting pitching, solid relief work, and a healthy display of power by the offense to generate the three wins while knocking the Royals back three more games in the division in the process. They head into their weekday series with the Yankees with a six and a half game lead over the Minnesota Twins, who are still hanging around on the outskirts of the AL Central race. Cleveland has caught and moved past the Boston Red Sox for the second-best record in the American League and would host the ALDS, if the postseason began today.