September 13 Prediction: Indians Aim for 21st Straight Win to Tie MLB Record

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The Cleveland Indians have stamped their 2017 season in the history books after they got their 20th win in a row at the expense of the Detroit Tigers. The Tribe both tied the 2002 “Moneyball” Athletics for the longest winning streak in the Expansion Era (since 1961) and the longest winning streak in American League history. Now, they’re looking to surpass both of those records as they aim to tie the 1935 Chicago Cubs’ modern baseball record of 21 consecutive victories as they host the Tigers at home. Clevelend will send Mike Clevinger (9-5, 3.30 ERA) to the mound while Detroit will start Buck Farmer (4-2, 6.32 ERA) in their series finale at Progressive Field.

Pitchers

Mike Clevinger, Photo Credit: MLB

Clevinger had another start with six scoreless innings to get the win in his last match versus the Baltimore Orioles, he only gave up three hits while he struck out seven batters during his time on the mound. He’s now the first Indians pitcher to have three straight starts with at least six shutout frames since John Denny did it back in 1981. He’s also 3-0 with an impressive 1.61 ERA in his last four starts while he’s been even better against his upcoming opponents with a 3-0 record and a 0.50 ERA in his past three games versus the Tigers.

 

Buck Farmer, Photo Credit: MLB

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On the other hand, Farmer only gave up two runs on five hits while he struck out three batters in his latest win against the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s been going back and forth between the MLB and Triple A this year while his record in the Major League has been inconsistent as well after going 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four starts. That span included a loss to the Indians on September 1 after giving up five runs on three hits while he only struck out three batters in three frames.

Batters

Detroit Tigers vs Clevinger, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Andrew Romine, Photo Credit: Cdn-Vox

Most of Detroit’s batters haven’t been hitting well versus Clevinger but their best bet would have to be Andrew Romine who’s gotten two hits in five at bats throughout his career against Cleveland’s starter. However, he isn’t batting very well this season with a .231/.288/.349 slash line and a .636 OPS.

Cleveland Indians vs Farmer, Photo Credit: MLB

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Carlos Santana, Photo Credit: Local Tvwjw

While Indians’ Carlos Santana has been impressive versus Farmer so far after getting three runs on three hits in seven at bats against the Tigers starter in his career. He’s also having a decent year since he’s posting a .264/.373/.477 stat line and a .850 OPS.

Prediction

Clevinger has been nothing short of incredible versus the Tigers this year while Farmer has been too inconsistent to warrant any regular starts in the Major League this season. To make things worse for Detroit, Cleveland’s batters have been hitting well against Farmer so far. If these factors continue in their next showdown, the Tigers might not have enough to stop the Indians from making history again.

Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians

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