Sport Is the Indians' winning streak already the greatest in MLB history? Probably

10:06  13 september  2017
10:06  13 september  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

'02 A’s watching as Indians go for AL consecutive-wins mark

  '02 A’s watching as Indians go for AL consecutive-wins mark As the Cleveland Indians whirled off wins left and right the past few weeks, members of the A’s 2002 team took notice. “I was watching one night and it kind of sunk in that they were doing this,” former Oakland first baseman Scott Hatteberg said Monday. “They kind of sneaked up on everyone. I don’t think it’s as easy as people make it out to be — the record stood for what, 65 years when we broke it.

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Probably . The Indians have outscored opponents 132-32 during the 19-game streak . Author: A.J. Perez, USA TODAY Sports , KSDK. We won 't know until it ends where this streak ranks purely on length. On merit, the Indians may already stand alone.

Honus Wagner scored the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lone run in the top of the eighth inning on Sept. 18, 1916, to put the asterisk on the New York Giants’ 26-game winning streak. 

A thunderstorm moved in and play was suspended for weather --- not darkness, as was often the case in those days since stadiums lacked lights --- and the 13th game in the streak ended in a 1-1 tie.

And now the Giants' "record" winning streak has stood for 101 years.

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MLB . Why I love the Indians ' winning streak so much. There should always be a player on your team who stumbles into an umpire at the wrong time. The greatest teams in baseball history lost about 30 percent of the time for a reason.

But we can compare the Indians ’ streak to that Giants’ run and determine exactly how difficult baseball ’s best winning streaks were in general. To judge this, I compared all the MLB streaks to one another, assuming they were done by the same, generic contending team.

The Cleveland Indians play in a decidedly different era: Integration, 30 major league teams, and in a home ballpark with a two-story sports bar and kids' clubhouse.

They are on a 20-game winning streak and tied the modern American League record with a 2-0 victory Tuesday night over the Detroit Tigers.

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And just how can the Indians' feat be contextualized, when their historic rivals span centuries in a game that's constantly evolving?

“A lot of things have changed since some of the other streaks,” Matt Rothenberg, manager of the Giamatti Research Center at the Baseball Hall of Fame, told USA TODAY Sports. “Free agency, for one, has only came into baseball over the last 40 years. Teams were more consistent back then. There are just so many factors when you look at the 1916 Giants versus the 2017 Indians. There have been so many innovations in the game.”

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Notice I did not say " in MLB history " at the end of that sentence. It's possible that the Indians keep on rolling and all this becomes moot, but frankly it already is : the 1916 New York Giants do not have a 26-game winning streak .

The Cleveland Indians are the biggest story in baseball with their 22- win run. That's just one way to streak in this sport, so let's go streaking through all the streaks of significance in the game's long and storied history .

As the Indians shoot for 21, and at the risk of succumbing to recency bias, an examination of the streaks that preceded them:

About that modern AL record

The 2002 Oakland Athletics started their 20-game streak 4 1/2 games back and finished 3 1/2 games up on Sept. 4 in the standings en route to the AL West title.

While the A's got stellar starting pitching in the streak - starters Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Cory Lidle and Aaron Harang accounted for the first 11 wins - they also feasted on a favorable schedule. The teams they dispatched had a combined season-ending record of 444-526 and only the Minnesota Twins finished the season with a winning record. 

Those other 20-game streaks

The St. Louis Maroons started the season on a 20-game winning streak in 1884 in the lone season the Union Association existed before it shuttered operations. Fred Dunlap, who batted .412 that season, had the highest reported salary on the team per Baseball Reference: $3,600.

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  Cleveland Indians (20 Wins and Counting) Are Streaking Toward October They came close in 2016, nearly winning the World Series. A year later, the Indians have put together a winning streak that could break a record.“That’s the thing — you never know what’s gonna happen,” their pitching coach, Mickey Callaway, said recently. “You can’t predict how guys are gonna pitch and say, ‘Whoa, what if we’d had them?’ Well, what if Josh Tomlin hadn’t pitched like he did? Maybe we wouldn’t have even made it to the World Series if he hadn’t been pitching. So you never know. We just try to make sure we stay in the moment and get the best out of whoever we’ve got.

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The other team to go on a 20-game run --- also in 1884 --- was the Providence Grays. The Grays won the World Series that season, which came a year before the Rhode Island team folded.

The longest streak didn’t matter

The New York Giants' streak in 1916  - even if there was that tie - allowed the club to go from 14 games out to five games back in the NL standings. The Giants, however, finished fourth in the league and well out of a playoff spot in the eight-team NL.

It was, indeed, the Dead Ball Era: Twelve home runs was enough for the Giants' Dave Robertson and Chicago Cubs' Cy Williams to share the league lead.

“What stands out about most these teams is that despite the streaks, not all of them had great seasons,” Rothenberg said. “It’s really a mixed bag.”

White Stockings/Cubs hit on 21

The Chicago White Stockings, the forerunner of the Chicago Cubs, went 67-17 in 1880, a season that included a 21-game winning streak. The White Stockings had 13 players on their roster; the league leader that season for home runs that season: six.

The 1935 Cubs had a 21-game streak en route to the NL pennant, although they lost to Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Up until last year’s Cubs team that broke 108-year championship drought, the 1935 Cubs were the last to win 100 games in a season. 

Francona refuses to talk to ‘bad luck’ friend during winning streak

  Francona refuses to talk to ‘bad luck’ friend during winning streak The Cleveland Indians tied an American League record with their 20th consecutive win on Tuesday night, and manager Terry Francona has one friend he refuses to share the excitement with — at least in person. Following his team’s 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers, Francona told reporters he has a friend who is considered “notoriously bad luck.” He’s willing to exchange text messages with said friend, but that’s as far as it goes.

Why MLB recognizes the 1916 New York Giants' 26-game run. America's Team: As Indians stack wins in record streak , a new label emerges. Already 3-for-3 with a walk — pushing his average in the streak to a sublime .414 — Ramirez lashed a pitch into right center field.

Cleveland has already set the new all-time for longest winning streak , as far as I'm concerned. So the 2017 Indians have the longest win streak in MLB history .

As for the Indians...

There's no telling where this run will finish, but already Terry Francona's crew has accomplished some outlandish things. 

The streak started by toppling likely Cy Young Award winner Chris Sale of the Red Sox. 

It included an 11-0 road trip, highlighted by a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.

And the Indians have outscored opponents 134-32 - yes, 102 runs - entering Wednesday's game. They have hit more home runs - 38 - than their pitchers have allowed runs - 32. 

We won't know until it ends where this streak ranks purely on length. On merit, the Indians may already stand alone. 

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