The Cleveland Indians snatched their 16th straight win of the season after a 5-0 victory against the Baltimore Orioles to open their series. They’re the latest team to win 16 or more in a row since the Oakland Athletics won 20 straight back in 2002.
Josh Tomlin (8-9, 5.20 ERA) looks to keep his team’s streak alive but if the Indians end up losing their next match, they will still go down in history as one of only 11 teams to get 16 in a row. While the Orioles and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 3.68 ERA) are faced with the daunting task of stopping this team on the road as the Indians host them for the second game of their series at Progressive Field.
Josh Tomlin, Photo Credit: MLB
Tomlin got another victory when he faced the Detroit Tigers in his last match to extend his winning streak to four; he only gave up one run on six hits while he struck out two batters in 5.2 innings in that match. He hasn’t lost a match since June 25 while he’s 4-0 with a 3.12 ERA in six starts during that span. Fortunately, he’s been lucky to get away with a no decision in his last showdown versus his upcoming opponents last June 20; he gave up five runs on eight hits including three homers while he struck out five batters in 4.2 frames.
Gabriel Ynoa, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, Ynoa will be starting his first game of the season; it’s only the fourth start he’s gotten in his career. Plus, he’s only played five games this year with only a total of 14.2 innings to boast. However, he’s been solid in the two games he’s appeared out of the bullpen against the Indians; he only allowed one run on six hits while he struck out five batters in a total of 5.1 frames.
Baltimore Orioles vs Tomlin, Photo Credit: MLB
Manny Machado, Photo Credit: MLB
Multiple batters out of Baltimore’s lineup have found it relatively easy to hit Tomlin’s throws so far but Manny Machado has been slugging them lately; he’s gotten two runs on four hits including two dingers and four RBIs in six at bats versus the Indians starter. He got those two homeruns this year to help the Orioles beat the Indians and hand Tomlin a loss in their last showdown.
Cleveland Indians vs Ynoa, Photo Credit: MLB
Jose Ramirez, Photo Credit: MLB
While most of Cleveland’s batters have been successful at hitting Ynoa’s pitches but Jose Ramirez is the only who got a perfect two for two against the Orioles starter. Ramirez also got two triples in the two plate appearances he’s faced Ynoa while he’s gotten 12 runs on 19 hits including seven homers, eight doubles, one triple, and 10 RBIs in his last 10 starts. Unfortunately, he’ll be coming off a sore right wrist and two days of rest if he plays in this match.
This could be a close game but then again, the Orioles didn’t win a single game versus the Indians out of the two matches that Ynoa pitched in; the first ended in a 12-0 drubbing while the second was a 6-3 defeat. If Ynoa continues to perform well against Cleveland albeit for a longer stint this time, the Indians’ streak could finally end. However, the Indians are neck and neck with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the title of the best pitching team in the league. So, Cleveland could come out with another win in this one even if Tomlin doesn’t perform well because their bullpen is certainly not weakness.
Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians