Wednesday afternoon the Tribe won their 21st consecutive contest with a 5-3 win over the Tigers, tying the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the longest win streak in league history without a tie.
On this night, the Indians doubled that count with four trailed innings. That's due largely in part to their dedication to the long ball. The Indians entered the game averaging almost seven runs per game during the streak.
Just last month, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest baseball team since the combination of the 1906 Cubs, 1998 Yankees and 2001 Seattle Mariners.
But even though the win streak itself has been a wild ride, Thursday night's game was the signature win to top all other signature wins in what has been and continues to be a historic run.
"We're in uncharted territory, and that's an understatement", Bruce said after the victory before a raucous crowd in Cleveland.
What stood out most to DePodesta was the six shutouts recorded by Indians pitchers, a total many teams don't achieve in an entire season.More news: Peru Declares North Korea's Ambassador Persona Non Grata
The Indians unprecedented streak also revived a controversy that has plagued the baseball world for 101 years. "Hopefully my arm caught a little bit of breather here, but that's been pretty good throughout the year". So, of course, Cleveland responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Jay Bruce home run, taking the lead for good. Duffy is 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA in 21 starts. They steamed through the 2016 regular season and set a record with 73 wins, but lost in the Finals, putting a serious damper on what had seemed a monumental achievement. And Corey Kluber now pitching the way Chris Sale did for the Red Sox when it was Sale who looked like the best pitcher on the planet.
The Tigers drew to within one run in the sixth inning. Nonetheless, the Indians' starters aren't competing against themselves, but rather opposing major league teams. Vargas carries a 1.33 WHIP with 116 strikeouts over 158 1/3 innings.
Both the bullpen and rotation have contributed their fair share to the team's success. Now, a decade later, he is in the Indians dugout.
In a winning streak filled with blowouts, this was anything but.
Royals manager Ned Yost said, "To hold that team to one run is an accomplishment". The Athletics' "moneyball" philosophy changed baseball forever, for better or worse, to a game of numbers, and the numbers tell the story. When he came up you just had this feeling, the type of year he's having, the type of player that he is, he's going to put together a competitive at-bat and do everything he can to try to get that run in. The Indians' strikeout rate also dwarfs the Athletics' rate by nearly 50 percent.