Coming into Thursday night, the stakes were pretty clear for the Cleveland Indians: Another win - No. 22 in a row - would set the modern record for an Major League Baseball winning streak, passing the 1935 Chicago Cubs.
The Indians throttled opponents, outscoring them by 106 runs, recording seven shutouts, and clubbing 41 home runs while holding opponents to just 35 runs.
The wins are remarkable on their own, but the Indians' dominance during this run might be more impressive.
"I was about to say it's incredible" James said, "But I want to come back and do another video when you all got like a 40-game winning streak. (Lindor) is a good hitter, and he laced it that way".
Scott Spencer feels like the Indians current 21-game winning streak has them destined to get revenge on the Cubs and to hoist the World Series trophy for the first time since 1948.
An early 1-0 deficit - only the second time during the streak the opposition has scored first - was quickly erased, and the Indians led the rest of the way Wednesday afternoon in a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in front of a Progressive Field crowd of almost 30,000 that created a playoff-like atmosphere.
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The Cleveland Indians have top reliever Andrew Miller, one baseball's best, back at their disposal.
Their historic winning streak is, well, history.
Overall on the season, the Indians' pitching staff has the best ERA (3.35) and FIP (3.38) in the majors. The Indians started their streak three days later. To put things in historical context, I suggest checking out Jeff Sullivan's piece on how Cleveland's rotation might be the best baseball has ever seen. "It was just right man, right spot, I guess".
The Indians will go for win number 23 in a row today, when they face the Royals. However, in the bottom of the ninth, Francisco Lindor hit a double to the left and Erik Gonzalez scored, forcing the game to go on the 10th.
Indeed, a year after a surprise playoff run fell a game short of a World Series title, they will enter as favorites to repeat as pennant winners. You know how Alex Wood and Chris Taylor have been hit with the inevitable regression that follows breakout performances?
If there's anybody in the Cleveland clubhouse qualified to speak about the uniqueness of the team's collective personality, it's Bruce, who was acquired from the New York Mets in August in a post-deadline trade. Third-year student Joel Alder thinks they have a chance to make a run, however.