Relentless Cleveland Indians reach WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (20): DMan's World

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The Cleveland Indians have won 20 consecutive games. Believe it.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Indians-Detroit Tigers game Tuesday at Progressive Field began at 7:11 p.m. It effectively ended at 7:28.

A 17-minute span was required for the Tigers to squander a scoring opportunity against Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber (top of the first inning) and for Tribe shortstop Francisco Lindor to lead off with a homer (bottom of first).

The Indians led by one, at home, with Kluber on the mound and Lindor in the lineup, against broken-down Miguel Cabrera and the going-nowhere Tigers. That is even better than Professor Plum, with the candlestick, in the study -- and more than enough to declare victory for these Indians.

Because rules state that the regulation game lasts nine innings, the official end did not come until 9:52 p.m. -- Indians 2, Tigers 0. At that point, Indians fans throughout the world could celebrate their team's 20th consecutive victory. Twentieth.

The Streak looks like this in W's:

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Indians win 20 in a row (and counting)

The Indians tied the 2002 Oakland Athletics for longest winning streak in the American League and longest in MLB during the expansion era (since 1961). In MLB since 1900, only the 1916 New York Giants (26) and 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) own longer streaks.

The Indians (89-56 overall) have outscored their six different opponents, 134-32, during The Streak. Just as ridiculous as The Diff of +102 is the fact that the Indians have trailed in just four of 180 innings.

Here are the margins during The Streak:

  • 1 (3)-- No. 6, No. 8, No. 18
  • 2 (3) -- No. 12, No. 17, No. 20
  • 3 (1) -- No. 10
  • 4 (4) -- No. 2, No. 3, No. 5, No. 14
  • 5 (3) -- No. 7, No. 13, No. 16
  • 7 (1) -- No. 1
  • 9 (1) -- No. 15
  • 10 (2) -- No. 9, No. 11
  • 11 (1) -- No. 19
  • 12 (1) -- No. 4

The Tigers (60-84) generously have contributed six losses to The Streak, dump-trucked by a combined score of 42-5. In the opener of the three-game series Monday, they lost, 11-0.

The Tigers threatened in the first inning Tuesday. Ian Kinsler led off with an opposite-field double and was sacrifice-bunted to third. Kluber bowed his neck and struck out Miggy looking* and Nicholas Castellanos swinging.

*The 3-2 fastball had comeback action but still appeared to be a tad outside. If Miggy had been hitting .338 or .308 or .278, he might have gotten the benefit of the doubt. He was hitting .248.

Fittingly, Miggy made the last out. After Alex Presley hit a two-out double in the ninth, Miggy sent a dribbler to third. He finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is batting .246 with 36 extra-base hits in 120 games -- at a cost to the Tigers of $28 million for 2017.

The Tigers were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. During The Streak, the Tribe staff has held the opposition to one or fewer hits with RISP a staggering 16 times, seven of which are shutouts.

Lindor hit the homer (No. 30) off lefty Matthew Boyd, who somehow held the Tribe to one run in five innings/116 pitches. Lindor is the third player in franchise history with 30+ homers in a season before age 24 (Hal Trosky, Manny Ramirez).

To the surprise of no one, Lindor and second baseman Jose Ramirez each made a superb defensive play.

Carlos Santana led off the sixth with a double against lefty Blaine Hardy and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Oh, by the way: Santana again handled everything hit and thrown at him as the first baseman. Santana can become a free agent at season's end. He has done his talking with another under-the-radar, highly productive season. The Indians, who understand Santana's value better than any club, know what they need to do -- when the time is right, of course. 

Kluber's five-hitter and fifth complete game put him at 16-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 26 starts this season. He owns three of the Tribe MLB-best 19 shutouts.

Here are the updated stats for Indians players during The Streak:

POSITION PLAYERS

  • Giovanny Urshela: 20 G, 12-for-38 (.316), 4 2B, 9 RBI, 5 R, 3 BB.
  • Carlos: 19 G, 24-for-67 (.358), 7 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 15 R, 14 BB.
  • Lindor: 19 G, 28-for-77 (.364), 2 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 19 RBI, 18 R, 9 BB.
  • EE: 18 G, 17-for-64 (.266), 2 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 14 R, 13 BB.
  • Yandy Diaz: 17 G, 20-for-53 (.377), 5 2B, 3B, 8 RBI, 14 R, 14 BB.
  • Ramirez: 16 G, 25-for-64 (.391), 8 2B, 3B, 8 HR, 14 RBI, 14 R, 3 BB.
  • Bradley Zimmer: 15 G, 9-for-41 (.220), 3 2B, 3B, RBI, 7 R, BB.
  • Austin Jackson: 13 G, 13-for-53 (.245), 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 3 BB.
  • Erik Gonzalez: 12 G, 7-for-21 (.333), 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall: 12 G, 9-for-37 (.243), 3 2B, RBI, 5 R, 4 BB.
  • Jay Bruce: 12 G, 5-for-38 (.132), 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 6 BB.
  • Roberto Perez: 11 G, 13-for-34 (.382), 4 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB.
  • Brandon Guyer: 11 G, 10-for-33 (.303), 2B, 4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB.
  • Yan Gomes: 11 G, 14-for-44 (.318), 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, BB.
  • Greg Allen: 9 G, 5-for-21 (.238), 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, BB.
  • Abraham Almonte: 7 G, 4-for-14 (.286), 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB.
  • Francisco Mejia: 6 G, 2-for-8 (.250), RBI, R, BB.
  • Tyler Naquin: 3 G, 2-for-3 (.667), 2B, RBI, BB.

PITCHERS

  • Bryan Shaw 9 G, 8 2/3 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 13 K.
  • Cody Allen 9 G, 9 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 12 K.
  • Joe Smith 7 G, 6 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 5 K.
  • Tyler Olson 7 G, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K.
  • Disco Dan Otero 6 G, 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 K.
  • Nick Goody 6 G, 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.
  • Zach McAllister 5 G, 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
  • Trevor Bauer 4 GS, 24 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 28 K.
  • Craig Breslow 4 G, 3 1/3 IP, H, BB, 3 K.
  • Corey Kluber 4 GS, 32 IP, 19 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 35 K.
  • Carlos Carrasco 4 GS, 29 IP, 22 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 34 K.
  • Mike Clevinger 3 GS, 18 IP, 10 H, 6 BB, 22 K.
  • Ryan Merritt 2 GS, 12 IP, 12 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
  • Josh Tomlin 2 GS, 10 2/3 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K.
  • Shawn Armstrong 2 G, 2 IP, H, BB, K.
  • Danny Salazar 2 G (GS), 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
  • Kyle Crockett G, IP, 2 H, K.
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