Last year, the Cleveland Indians suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the World Series. After being up three games to one, the Chicago Cubs fought back with fire and won the league title, four games to three.
This season, the Indians seem very eager to get another shot at winning the league’s championship series, as they have been on a tear lately — they just finished a winning streak for the ages. The team reached a 22-game winning streak, the second highest streak of the sort in MLB history.
The one and only winning streak higher than the recent Indian’s one was the New York Giants’ streak in the year of 1916, which stopped at 26. That winning streak is very controversial, though. After the 12th win of the streak, the Giants played the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game ended in a tie due to rain after the ninth inning and was made up from the start of the game, rather than resumed in the 10th inning as it would be now.
Many fans criticize the streak because of this infamous tie, saying it should make the streak invalid, but baseball experts do not see it as an issue. However, the longest winning streak since 101 years ago has baseball fans throughout the country in awe.
Sophomore Jacob Shindel was impressed by the streak, but had mixed thoughts about it. “I think it was a good run, but I’m sad it’s over,” he said. “I’m kind of happy that it ended, though, because all good streaks come to an end.”
Junior Travis Benson also shared his opinion on the topic. “Just the fact that they can win that many games shouldn’t even be possiblem” he said. “It would be crazy to see it continue, but it was bound to end soon. I think that they have a good chance to make it to the World Series if they keep the pitching and hitting up.”
During the streak, some interesting statistics were put on display. Nine of the wins were by five or more runs. The Indians were only losing eight of the 198 innings played during the entire streak. Thirty-six players made an appearance at some point in the streak.
Surprisingly, the Indians were able to pull off such wins without three of their starting players in the lineup. These players included infielder Jason Kipnis, pitcher Andrew Miller and centerfielder Bradley Zimmer. Lastly, and most importantly, the Indians are the only team to have clinched a spot in the playoffs.
Because of how often they were in the lead, only one win came via a walk-off, and, interestingly enough, it was the final win of the streak. Losing, two to one in the ninth inning, the Indians tied it up in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th, the Indians won it with a walk-off double by Jay Bruce.
Indians fans would have loved for the historic streak to have continued longer and longer, preferably until they broke the record, but they have more important things to look forward to now — the playoffs and possibly another shot at a World Series win. Such a streak gave the Cleveland team a power surge towards the playoffs, as well as boosted the confidence of every player. This crazy tear will not be forgotten anytime soon.