Only one winning streak in the last 50 years is better than the Indians' current run

Another day, another win for the molten hot Cleveland Indians. They beat the Orioles (CLE 4, BAL 2) at home Saturday afternoon for their 17th consecutive victory.

The 17-game winning streak is not only the longest winning streak in baseball this season. It is the longest winning streak in Indians franchise history -- their previous record was 14, set last season -- and the second-longest in baseball over the last 50 years. Here's the list:

  1. 2002 Athletics: 20 wins
  2. 2017 Indians: 17 wins and counting
  3. 1977 Royals: 16 wins
  4. 2001 Mariners15 wins
  5. 2000 Braves: 15 wins
  6. 1991 Twins: 15 wins

During the 17-game winning streak the Indians have outscored their opponents 118-30 (118-30!), and trailed in only four of 153 total innings. Two of those four innings came Saturday. The Orioles strung together three singles for a quick first inning run Saturday.

The Indians responded with one run in the third, one run in the fourth, one run in the fifth, and one run in the seventh. Franchise shortstop Francisco Lindor swatted his 28th home run of the season for an insurance run late in the game. Starter Josh Tomlin allowed two runs in five innings, which qualifies as a poor outing for Cleveland's rotation these days.

Thanks to this remarkable winning streak, the Indians are now only one game behind behind the Astros for the best record in the AL, pending the outcome of Houston's doubleheader with the A's on Saturday. The best record in the league would secure home field advantage through at least the ALCS. Then again, maybe home field advantage doesn't matter much to the Indians. They've actually played better on the road this year:

  • Home: 38-29 (plus-97 run differential)
  • Road: 48-27 (plus-109 run differential)

Of course, playing at home in the postseason is much better than playing on the road, even if your season record says you've had more success away from your ballpark. Players prefer to sleep in their own beds and have their home fans behind them as much as possible. The more you're in your comfort zone, the better.

If the Indians stay hot, they could very well pass the Astros for the top spot in the AL before the end of the season. Heck, they might pass them before the end of the weekend at this pace.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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