The “baddest team in the league” has made baseball history. The Cleveland Indians, by beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3, achieved their 21st consecutive victory. Thanks to the last out of Lonnie Chisenhall, who took Ian Kinsler’s line on the fly, the Major League record book has been reopened and rewritten. The Indians have set the new conference record (the American League) and equaled the “official” MLB record of the 1935 Cubs. It would actually be 26 games “undefeated” by the 1916 New York Giants but that streak it also includes a tie (an almost impossible event in modern Major League Baseball) between his 13th and 14th win.
In America we have been asking ourselves for days: is the one about the Indians the most incredible strip in history? Looking at certain numbers, it’s hard not to be impressed: It all starts on August 24 with a 13-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. From then on, the Ohio team’s mound was impressive as, in addition to the 6 points awarded to the Red Sox, only 5 other times did the Indians allow their opponents to score more than two total points. The Detroit Tigers trailed 5-3 but tried to crash the party by taking the lead right away but in the bottom of the first inning Jay Bruce thought about it: 3-point homer and lots of waving. These are some figures of the historical series of victories.
- Home runs made: 39
- Total Points Awarded: 35
- Differential points: +104 (139-35)
- Entry behind: 4 of 198
- Competitions without awarding points: 7
Terry Francona’s team knew how to count on a great attack (Lindor and Ramírez above all) and a rotation of screaming starters. For example, Carlos Carrasco: In the rotation he’s second to Kluber, but he’d be the No. 1 starter on almost every other team. Bauer, Clevinger (who posted victory number 21) and Tomlin were virtually untouchable as the bullpen, one of the best in the league, did his duty masterfully.
Missing on the mountain was the most famous “pitcher” in the Indians jersey or Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, played by Charlie Sheen in Major League but if you think about it, this record also “cancels” two movies: the aforementioned Major League , the most beaten team in the League (which saw the Tribe as the leading team) and Moneyball, a film with Brad Pitt that masterfully told the story of the 20 consecutive victories of the Oakland Athletics in 2002. Today that record, obtained with a home run by Hatteberg, has been surpassed. In another movie, which is not about baseball, there was always a “blackjack party, big party”: Progressive Field and all of Cleveland would throw a “decent” party.