Before the streak started, the Indians were 67-56 (.544%), just ahead of the 62 win Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. That's almost a month.
The Tigers have a few hitters of note. No losses. None. Twenty-one and zero. Baseball views the Giants' winning streak of 26 games as the longest in history. The '16 Giants won 26 games in a row - sort of. Personal matters had Deas back in Northeast Ohio this week, and there was zero chance this lifetime fan of the Indians was going to miss the day game against Detroit that presented the opportunity to extend the longest streak of consecutive wins in the 116-year history of the franchise. With five more wins, they can tie the Giants for the all-time record.
Yet it has become clear during this streak that the Indians aren't getting lucky, or pressing in any way.
Which brings us back to that 2002 Oakland A's squad.
The amazing Indians go for their 21st straight victory when right-hander Mike Clevinger, who hasn't allowed a run in his past three outings, faces the Detroit Tigers in a 12:10 p.m. start. Ausmus, who was on his way to the mound, detoured to the plate to continue the argument, and he, too, was tossed by Wolcott.
"I got one really good buddy, one of my best friends, but he's notoriously bad luck", Francona said. You win one and, well, you'll probably lose one tomorrow or the next day.
Their numbers make your eyes bulge. They've notched some mind-blowing statistics during the streak. The Indians have seven shutouts on their win streak. The Indians are 15-1 in those games.
The Indians won their 20th consecutive game on Tuesday night, shutting down the Detroit Tigers 2-0 thanks to another sterling effort from ace pitcher Corey Kluber. Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion, meanwhile, are batting.375 and.306 during the same stretch, respectively. Punish 'em. Wallop, wham and whack 'em.
There's a reason the word "modern" is being used in this instance.
On Aug. 24 they beat Boston 13-6. Yes, the Browns are jealous.
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The two players crossed paths in 2008 at Cincinnati Reds Spring Training, the first year of Bruce's major league career, and the last for Hatteberg.
"Probably some selection bias", Bruce said, smiling. "That's just how it goes". "We've got guys up from Double-A ball taking meaningful at bats".
On the pitching side, the Indians pitchers have struck out 193 batters while the Cubs' opponents fanned just 91 times.
Kluber went the full nine innings, gave up five hits and rung up eight Detroit Tigers at the dish. That was until the Indians tied the mark Tuesday night. And they had a great team.