Jaffe: As Indians close on record, is Cleveland’s winning streak most impressive ever?

From SABR member Jay Jaffe at Sports Illustrated on September 14, 2017:

On Thursday night at Progressive Field, the Indians beat the Royals 3-2 in 10 innings to to win their 22nd game in a row, surpassing the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the longest winning streak in the majors since 1900. The win was the most dramatic of the streak, for were one strike away from defeat in the bottom of the ninth when Francisco Lindor smashed an RBI double off the leftfield wall above the head of Alex Gordon, bringing home pinch-runner Erik Gonzalez, and in the 10th, Jay Bruce doubled home Jose Ramirez.

The full list of teams to win at least 18 straight—which does not include the 1916 Giants (26 wins without a loss) or the 1906 White Sox (19) because both teams had ties in the middle of their streaks—is as follows.

Read the full article here: https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/09/11/cleveland-indians-winning-streak-record

Originally published: September 15, 2017. Last Updated: September 15, 2017.