Indians win again — that's 20 in a row, one off Cubs' 1935 mark

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For the first time since the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians find themselves on an historic collision course

For the first time since the 2016 , the find themselves on an historic collision course with the .

The Indians now have strung together 20 victories in a row, the latest a 2-0 defeat of the visiting on Tuesday night. That gives them a share of the record for longest winning streak with the 2002 Oakland A’s made famous by the movie and book “Moneyball.”

Next in line for the Indians among modern-era (or post-1900) teams are the 1935 Cubs.

Managed by Charlie Grimm and led by Most Valuable Player Gabby Hartnett, the Cubs that season rode 21 straight September triumphs to the NL pennant after being 2½ games back at its start.

Unfortunately against the Tigers in the World Series, the 100-win squad couldn’t string together even two victories in a row and lost in six games.

A Wednesday victory over the Tigers for Cleveland, which last lost on Aug. 23 to Boston, would tie that ’35 Cubs team.

Another Indians victory at home over Kansas City on Thursday night then would overtake Hartnett and company, leaving only one team ahead of them in the record book.

That would be the1916 New York who amassed 26 victories in a row, picking up a few footnotes along the way.

Chief among them is the Giants’ streak includes a 1-1 draw with the in the second game of a double-header called after eight innings because of rain. The Giants won 12 games before the tie and 14 after.

Another noteworthy factor is all 26 games in the streak were played at New York’s Polo Grounds, the Giants’ home field.

That said, the Giants streak was an endurance test tough to fathom today. It included nine double-headers and, an article in the Spring 2014 Baseball Research Journal notes, during the Sept. 7-30 run, the Giants actually played 29½ games.

Besides the tie, that span included a game called after four innings because of rain and exhibition victories over the American League and a minor-league team in New Haven, Conn.

Also incredible 101 years later, save for using two catchers and rotating pitchers, Giants manager employed the same lineup and batting order over that stretch.

The Indians’ 19 victories in a row going into Tuesday night’s game match the streaks of the 1906 and the 1947 New York Yankees.

Among the handful of pre-1900 teams to rival the Indians in putting together consecutive victories were the 19th century forerunner of the Cubs, the Chicago White Stockings, who won 21 successive games (including a tie) in 1880 and 18 straight in 1885.

Incidentally, the White Stockings’ 1880 streak came to an end with in a 2-0 loss to the Blues in Cleveland.

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