The Cleveland Indians have been the hottest team in baseball lately and they did not show any signs of slowing down against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. American League MVP contender Jose Ramirez exploded offensively, going 5-5 at the plate with two home runs, three doubles and three RBIs in the game. The team altogether racked up eleven runs on the struggling Tigers with five coming in the first three innings and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin gave up only one run in 5.2 innings for an 11-1 final.
The 11 runs on Sunday gave the Tribe their eleventh straight win, the second longest streak in franchise history and the longest active winning streak in the majors. The win also marks the 80th win on the season for the team, making them the second team in the American League and fourth team overall to reach the 80 win mark so far this season.
The Indians are on fire at the best possible time. The winning streak has all but ended the divisional race with the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals and also closed the gap for the top spot in the American League with Houston. Five Indians have at least 20 home runs making any night a possible offensive onslaught and Ace Corey Kluber is making a tremendous late season push to capture his second Cy Young Award at season’s end. The road through the American League will certainly be just as challenging as any other year, but this Tribe team certainly seems ready to make it back to the World Series and quite possibly bring Cleveland it’s second championship in as many years.