It’s not often that a team that’s been around as long as the Cleveland Indians has a chance to make history, but that’s the case today. As any Tribe fan knows, the Indians have won 13 games in a row, tying streaks in the 1942 and 1951 seasons for the best in franchise history. A win tonight would bring the streak to 14, something that has never been done in the team’s 115 years of existence, not by the 1954 team that won 111 games, not by the 1995 team that went 100-44 in a strike-shortened season, not even by the world championship teams of 1920 and 1948.
Taking the mound for the Indians is Josh Tomlin, arguably the best fifth starter in Major League Baseball. Tomlin comes into the game with a 9-1 record to go along with a 3.32 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. A 10th win would tie him for the American League lead in wins. As great as he’s been, Tomlin will have to be careful against the Blue Jays, who rank 5th in the American League in runs scored, just ahead of the Tribe.
The Blue Jays will counter by sending right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound. Stroman has a respectable 6-4 record, but a less than respectable 5.33 ERA, and he’s been pitching worse as the year progresses. This is the kind of pitcher the Indians have been having their way with lately.
Be sure to tune in at 1:07 today to see if the Tribe can go where no Indians team has gone before, and be sure to share your thoughts here at It’s Pronounced Lajaway!