Hey, we just caught wind of something that seems pretty neat. It has sort of been an under the radar story so we thought we would let you know. Not too many people around baseball have heard about this but apparently the Cleveland Indians are doing something pretty remarkable that is going absolutely, utterly, completely unnoticed by the entire baseball community.
In fact, ESPN, a television channel who has dedicated ginormous chunks of programming to covering baseball, has seemingly let this story slip through the cracks. Not even astute observers of the game like LeBron James seem to have picked up on what’s been going on with the Indians.
See?! Like that! He has no idea!
The big story here is that the 2017 Cleveland Indians won 22 whole games in a row. Isn’t that something?!
We know what you are thinking. “How did I not follow this?! I got so focused on the Dodgers’ losing streak!” But don’t worry, we’re here to cover this exciting little sabermetric (Of course wins are a sabermetric, you fool.) so that you can go back to watching paint dry or whatever it is you do for fun.
Here’s what you need to know about this otherwise untold tale:
- This is the longest winning streak in baseball history. Kinda. Some people are saying it isn’t because the 1916 Giants won 26 games without taking an L. However, there was a tie in the middle of their streak and that’s just un-American so, by our books, the Indians have the longest streak ever.
- They won 15 games in 14 days during this span. There was a doubleheader mixed into this streak where the Indians played the Tigers and, - don’t worry, we did the math – there’s a 100% chance that they won both games of that doubleheader.
- They slashed .306/.385/.552 during the streak. That’s – like good and stuff.
- The starting staff held a 1.77 ERA over the course of the streak. That’s – also like good and stuff.
- Trevor Bauer wore the streak-ending L. According to his own tweet,…
What did Trevor Bauer learn from The Streak? pic.twitter.com/Rt5iLWh1gd— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 16, 2017
Apparently he doesn’t believe in 23 game win streaks in the same way that he doesn’t believe in global warming.
- By the end of the streak, the Indians were (and as of the moment of this very important writing, are) in 1st place in global domination. Er, uh, the AL Central race. And they have the best record in the AL, too! Both of these leads have clinched the Indians a playoff spot. At worst, they will be the second wild card team. Not too shabby, gents.
- According to deep research done by scientists (or me), it is a verifiable scientific fact that this streak was fun to watch. It broke TV ratings records and the fans in the ballpark when the streak ended gave the team a standing ovation. Now that’s something everyone can enjoy.
Now that you are all filled in, you can go back to knitting or whatever it is that excites you, weirdo. But we here will take this moment to ponder: What does this mean for the Cleveland Indians moving forward? When do they receive their medals, hand delivered by the ghosts of the 1916 Giants who have risen from their graves to pass the torch? Will this streak inspire Terry Francona to finally fit 22 pieces of gum in his mouth? Will the Indians feel really sorry for all the teams that they beat during the streak and swear an oath to never win a game again? Only time will tell, seeing as all of those storylines are mostly probable.
But to get back to the point, we here at Korked say “You’re welcome” in advance for letting you know about this sparsely known storyline that occurred. We always like to keep a lookout for the big stories as well as the smaller ones that we think the fans will appreciate. The Cleveland Indians went streaking (Huh?) and nobody really seemed to bat an eyelash – but we did. We batted our eyelashes and we reported it to you because we realize that the beauty of the game lies in both the big things (like the method which Hunter Pence takes his practice swings) as well as the small things (like 22 game win streaks).