There was no letdown for the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland’s first game after the end of its 22-game winning streak as the club used a big four-run sixth inning to break open a one-run game and coasted to an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals to reduce its magic number to clinch the American League Central Division to one.
Carlos Carrasco had the unfamiliar task of ending a “losing streak” for the Indians, who had not been in the position of playing after a loss since the fourth week of August. While he did not have his best stuff, he gave the Indians a good start and his offense came up with plenty of needed support to earn the win. At 92 wins and 57 losses on the year, the Tribe will need to go 8-5 in its final 13 games to reach the century mark for just the third time in franchise history.
The Cleveland Indians sent a very loud message to the Kansas City Royals when the two clubs met six times over two series in August. The Tribe took two of three early in the month, outscoring KC 22-5, and then swept a later set in Cleveland, putting up three straight shutouts while tallying 20 runs of their own.
The Royals will try to change that trend during a four-game weekend series with the Indians in Cleveland, but will have the daunting task of trying to stop the Indians’ 21-game winning streak first.
The pressure of a long winning streak has not been too much for the Indians, as Cleveland pulled within one game of the American League record for consecutive wins on Monday night with its 19th straight victory, an 11-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers from Progressive Field.
There seems to be little slowing down the Indians (88-56), who have made it loud and clear that they are the favorites to claim the American League pennant despite missing several big names from the lineup and appearing unfazed by injuries that have chipped away at the roster throughout the second half of the schedule. Despite missing three former All-Stars in Andrew Miller, Michael Brantley, and Jason Kipnis and losing rookie Bradley Zimmer to what appears to be a season ending broken left hand, the Indians kept on rolling in the series opener with the Tigers and continued their dominance of Detroit since the beginning of July after dropping the first two series against them to start the season.
The Indians were challenged by rookie Myles Jaye on Monday night, as the young right-hander was making his third Major League appearance and first career start with the unenviable job of stopping Cleveland’s reign of terror on AL clubs. He would dodge a jam in the first, but that would be the last time he would slow down the Tribe.
Baseball’s hottest team since 2002 will look to track down the Oakland Athletics’ American League record 20-game winning streak this week as the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers in three games from Progressive Field.
The Indians (87-56) wrapped up their fifth consecutive series sweep over the weekend by knocking off the Baltimore Orioles in three straight, including Sunday night’s close 3-2 contest from downtown Cleveland. The Indians have used a perfect blend of big offensive contributions, high quality starting pitching, and timely relief to put together 18 straight wins while blowing well past the franchise’s record of 14 wins in a row, set a little over a year ago. The stretch has catapulted the Indians to the top of the standings in the American League, where they now lead the Houston Astros by a game for home field advantage throughout the AL side of the playoff bracket.
We are approaching the one-year anniversary of a game better left forgotten.
Last September 17, a line drive off the bat of Ian Kinsler struck Carlos Carrasco in the right hand. The second pitch of that mid-September game broke the pitching hand of Cleveland’s No. 2 starter. At the time, it seemed it would shatter the long-term playoff hopes of a Tribe team that was already destined to win the American League Central Division.
The effects of losing their second best starter were not evident immediately. An injury-depleted rotation carried by 2014 Cy Young winner and ace Corey Kluber and a top-notch bullpen spearheaded by Andrew Miller and Cody Allen gamely pitched the Indians to the doorsteps of what would have been the team’s first World Series championship since 1948. Of course, it was not to be as the Tribe lost Game 7 of the Fall Classic to the Cubs in extra innings.
What might have been with a healthy Carrasco, though, is the biggest unknown of all from last year’s postseason run. The Tribe was able to get through the ALDS against Boston and the ALCS against Toronto with little problem. However, the pitchers doing the heaviest of lifting were clearly tired by that final game against Chicago.
For the second season in a row, the Cleveland Indians have won 14 straight games, sealing the deal with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
It was a historic effort for the Tribe, which matched the club’s franchise record just one season after breaking a 75-year-old mark for consecutive wins in a row. Carlos Carrasco made it look easy, as he faced one batter over the minimum in scattering three hits and just one run while throwing his first complete game of the season.
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.
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.
A pair of future contributors to the Indians roster acquired in big trades make their Major League debut, as Michael Brantley and Carlos Carrasco play in their first big league games as Cleveland is dealt an 8-5 loss by the Detroit Tigers.
A three-run first inning and a nine-run second provided more than enough support for Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, who combined with two relievers to complete the Indians’ third straight shutout of Kansas City over the weekend with a 12-0 rout of the Royals on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians improved to a season-best 17 games over the .500 mark at 73-56 with their fourth straight win. The Tribe’s shutout of the Royals was their sixth over Kansas City this season and increased their Major League lead in scoreless ball games to 15. The Royals dropped back below even on the season at 64-65 and now trail the Tribe by nine games in the American League Central Division.
There has not been a lot of variety to the schedules of the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals over the course of the last week. After the Indians took two of three in Kansas City last weekend, the two teams got a brief reprieve, but now the Royals come to town this weekend for a three-game series at Progressive Field.
The Indians (70-56) have endured a tough stretch of the schedule and a steady growth of players on the disabled list. Despite that, they have played well and split the first four games of their homestand during the week with the Boston Red Sox. Cleveland sits at 33-29 at home with a run differential of +70 at Progressive Field this season. With two more wins over the last six games of the month, the Indians can match their month-high of 15 wins, done in each of the last two months of the schedule. They will need to keep on winning to hold off the second place Minnesota Twins, who sit just five and a half in back of the Tribe.