Beat Goes On; Tribe Racks Record-Tying #20

First fell Custer,
Bums and Braves.
Next up Astros?
Dodgers? Knaves?

 

We’ll find out sooner than we may wish to know, but for now, the Cleveland Indians are making a mark that may stand for quite a while in the MLB team record books. By putting another hurt on the Detroit Tigers by 2-0 on Tuesday night, the Tribe stretched their current winning streak to an AL record-tying 20 games, matching the 2002 Oakland Athletics, and standing together, at least, for today, as a tie for the 2nd best winning streak in the MLB since the 1916 New York Giants of he NL recorded 26 consecutive September wins without a defeat.

What most sources don’t tell you, however, is that the Giant record “streak” of 1916 was interrupted by a 1-1 tie game with Pittsburgh on 9/18/16. I don’t know the reason. Round up the usual suspects from that era and pick one: darkness or rain. – The sequence, completely stated, was that the Giants won 12, tied a game, and then continued to win 14 more before losing for the first time since they started compiling 26 wins on all of the previous 27 times they took the field and played a game that never included a loss.

So, if that 1916 Giant tie-blight sort of contaminates your idea of a pure streak, as it does my own, the true record might be listed more clearly as 21. And that one is owned by two NL representative clubs, the 1880 White Sox and the 1935 Cubs. Also tied for the 20-win mark on the MLB level are the St. Louis Maroons of the American Association and the Providence Grays of the National League, who both pulled their long win runs in the same 1884 season.

The Cleveland win kept their home field advantage lead over the Astro at 1.5 games in spite of the brilliant 8-inning, 1-hit shutout job that Justin Verlander did on the Angels with some 9th inning help from closer Giles, some great fielding, and a whole heaping helping of baseball gods luck.

The ALW division-clinching number for the Astros over the 2nd place Angels now drops to 5.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 87 57 .604  
2 ANGELS 73 71 .507 14.0
3 RANGERS 72 72 .500 15.0
4 MARINERS 72 73 .497 15.5
5 ATHLETICS 63 81 .438 24

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

ASTROS 1 – ANGELS 0

MARINERS 10 – RANGERS 3                 

RED SOX 11 – ATHLETICS 1

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 542 189 38 4 23 .349
2 ERIC HOSMER KC 540 177 28 1 24 .328
3 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 456 147 22 4 16 .322
4 JOSH REDDICK HOU 445 139 30 3 13 .312
5 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 534 165 47 6 26 .309
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 362 111 19 1 20 .307
6 JOSE ABREU CWS 560 171 38 6 31 .305
7 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 575 175 41 4 20 .304
8 JOE MAUER MIN 462 140 32 1 6 .303
9 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 556 167 33 0 31 .300
10 LORENZO CAIN KC 527 158 25 5 14 .300
RANK OTHER TOP 40 ASTROS TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
13 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 486 142 25 0 31 .292
14 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 408 119 28 0 21 .292
16 t YULI GURRIEL HOU 476 138 36 1 17 .290
22 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 493 140 34 5 16 .284

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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One Response to “Beat Goes On; Tribe Racks Record-Tying #20”

  1. Michael McCroskey Says:

    Teams generally run hot and cold during the season. Astros got hot in July, Indians are hot now. Let’s hope they get it all out of their system and hit a little funk about playoff time; .and that our ‘Stros then recover. their mid-summer swagger.
    Peaks and valleys. Always peaks and valleys!

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