Postseason success is all about teams peaking at the right time and the Cleveland Indians are hoping that a deep playoff run is happening. If they continue to win like they have over the last 14 games, a championship might make its way to Cleveland yet again.
The Indians have a 14-plus winning streak in each of the last two seasons, and they ended up on the wet side of a rain delay that cost them a title against the Chicago Cubs. But history is something that the Tribe makes in baseball, and it seems to have been like that for a while.
Over the past 14 games, Cleveland has won one game against the Boston Red Sox, three against the Kansas City Royals, three over the New York Yankees, four versus the Detroit Tigers and three wins against the Chicago White Sox. The streak has also included a doubleheader sweep over the Yankees on Aug. 30 and Tigers on Sept. 1. It is also more meaningful when fans look at the schedule and note that the Indians swept two doubleheaders and played them with one day of rest in between.
On Wednesday night, Carlos Carrasco retired the first 12 White Sox players on his way to a complete-game victory that included nine strikeouts and no walks.
Pitching has been a reliable source for the Indians as of late, and Carrasco came out on the right side of a tough matchup against White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. The Tribe has ridden the arms of Carrasco (13-6, 3.67 ERA), Corey Kluber (14-4, 2.56 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (15-8, 4.39 ERA) in 2017.
Kluber pitches against Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.15 ERA) as Cleveland looks for their 15th consecutive win on Thursday and second consecutive four-game sweep in the month of September.