Entering the 2017 season, the Cleveland Indians were one of the favorites to represent the American League in the Fall Classic this upcoming October. During the first half of the season, Cleveland definitely saw its ups and downs, and seemed like a mediocre team with perhaps a World Series hangover. However, things have certainly changed for the Tribe late in the second half, and it looks as if they are better team than they were last year, where they lasted until Game 7 of the World Series.
As of September 12, the Cleveland Indians have won their last 19 games – no, that is not a typo. You can say that everything has clicked for the Tribe. Great pitching, a stellar offense and a lockdown bullpen are the main reasons behind their success. Remember this, they are doing all of this without one of their most lethal bullpen weapons in the likes of LHP Andrew Miller.
The Cleveland Indians have a chance to tie the 2002 Oakland Athletics for 20 consecutive wins – something that has only been done just a few times in baseball history. Their current winning streak is due in large part to their phenomenal pitching staff – pitching to just a 1.58 ERA in September. When your entire pitching staff, including your bullpen, is putting up numbers like that, winning baseball will be in your fortune.
Just a little less than halfway through September, superstar Jose Ramirez is batting .387 with 6 home runs and 11 RBI’s in 31 plate appearances. He is just a small part of what his ball club has been able to accomplish over this historic winning streak.
Another important part of this streak is the fact that it’s coming at the perfect time for the Tribe. There are just three weeks left in the regular season, with September call ups getting a bit more playing time while the regulars get some rest before heading into the postseason. Terry Francona could not have asked for a better time for his club to get hot.
Once veteran LHP Andrew Miller returns, the Tribe will become even better (if that is possible). Miller brings a presence that is hard to find in the league. Andrew is a “team-first” type of player and he has repeatedly said that he is more than willing to pitch whenever he is needed, whether that be from innings three-nine.
So, how long can the Cleveland Indians keep up this historic winning streak? Only time will tell. However, the Indians have still not clinched the AL Central, and they must remember that there is still a lot of baseball to be played, so they must not get distracted – although it certainly doesn’t look like they are. It certainly looks like the Indians are the team to beat in the American League this year, so this upcoming postseason will sure be fun to watch and examine. The Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees must be on the lookout for a Tribe club that is certainly not slowing down anytime soon.
The Cleveland Indians must ride out this winning lifestyle as long as they can to secure a postseason spot and make other contending ball clubs fearful of their success. As long as team chemistry is in order and the Tribe are having fun on the field, their winning ways will continue.
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