Corey Kluber continued his and the Cleveland Indians’ utter dominance on Tuesday night when the 2014 American League Cy Young winner spun a marvelous shutout of the Detroit Tigers to win 2-0.
Just how unstoppable have the Indians, who lost last year’s World Series in brutal fashion, been? Let’s look at 10 stats to find out.
1. They’ve been even more dominant than that 2002 A’s squad.
Here’s how the 20-game winning streaks in the AL stack up. Indians have thrown 7 shutouts in this span (A’s had 2 during their streak). pic.twitter.com/l8tSzvD34F
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 13, 2017
2. Their rotation and bullpen have been unhittable.
Indians rotation 18-0, 1.71 ERA during 20-game win streak. @Indians relievers 2-0, 1.34 ERA.
— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) September 13, 2017
3. Which is how they’ve turned seven of those 20 games into shutouts.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 13, 2017
4. They’re putting their city’s NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, to shame.
Indians, last 20 games: 20-0
Browns, last 86 games: 20-66
— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) September 13, 2017
5. They’d be the first ever team to win 20 straight games and claim a World Series title.
The Indians get the chance to try to make even more history. pic.twitter.com/IxNfCtwnhy
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 13, 2017
6. The Indians have almost never even trailed during the streak. (It’s actually been 180 innings, not 181.)
If I’m not mistaken, the Indians have now played 181 innings during this 20-game winning streak. They’ve trailed for four of them. Four.
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) September 13, 2017
7. Only two other teams have done this in the past 100 years.
Longest winning streaks in MLB, last 100 years:
21: 1935 Cubs
20: 2002 Athletics, 2017 Indians*
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) September 13, 2017
8. With Francisco Lindor’s home run last night, this number is up to 39 now.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 12, 2017
9. They’ve outscored opponents by more than 100 runs in the 20-game span.
Every stat during the streak is insane, but here’s one I like: Indians have +100 RD. 24 teams don’t even have 100 total runs in same span.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 12, 2017
10. Lastly, the Indians are definitely getting a movie out of this.
The last team to win 20 straight got a movie.
So we cast our guys in the eventual 2017 Tribe film. //t.co/GMWCuHRusq
— WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW (@Indians) September 13, 2017