The Cubs may have emerged from Cleveland last fall as World Champs, but the runners-up are certainly not feeling any sort of hangover.
The Indians just rattled off their 21st straight win Wednesday afternoon, tying the MLB all-time record for consecutive games with a win, held by the 1935 Cubs.
The 1916 New York Giants hold the record for most consecutive games without a loss (26), but they also had a tie in there. The 1881 Chicago White Stockings also went 21 straight games without suffering a defeat, but that stretch also included a tie.
The 2017 Indians last lost on Aug. 23, sweeping the Royals, Yankees, Tigers, White Sox, Orioles and Tigers (again) in the process.
It's so many wins, the Indians Twitter account doesn't even have enough room:
The insane run has pushed the "Windians" to 90-56 overall and an MLB-best +222 run differential. With the Los Angeles Dodgers scuffling, the Indians are now only 3.5 games from baseball's best record. As it stands, the Indians have a two-game lead on the Houston Astros for best AL record.
The Cubs, meanwhile, are clinging to a two-game lead in the NL Central and left in a position where they feel they have to deliver a reality check to fans.
What's even more amazing is the Indians have accomplished this feat while three of their best players — Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller, Jason Kipnis — are on the shelf with injury. The win streak started two days after Kipnis went down with a hamstring injury and three days after Miller was placed on the disabled list with a knee issue.