The Cleveland Indians streak has gone from franchise-best to officially upper echelon, as the team is now tied for the 20th-longest streak in MLB history with their 16th consecutive victory coming against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
With their 5-0 shutout, the Indians have jumped into the conversation of best streaks in recent history. Since 1950, the Indians are on an extremely exclusive list and are tied for the third-longest streak:
|New York Yankees||1953||18|
|New York Giants||1951||16|
|Kansas City Royals||1977||16|
Adding intrigue, the Indians have been absolutely pummeling their competition during the stretch, padding their already-legendary run differential to 114-28. By pythagorean win expectancy – which is based off of run differential – the Indians would have an expected win percentage of .943 over that span.
En route to their 16th straight win, Edwin Encarnacion opened the scoring for his club with a three-run bomb to straightaway center for his 34th homer of the season. It was also the 34-year-old’s 16th dinger of the second half – tied for most in the American League since the All-Star break.