Nearly everyone on the Cleveland Indians’ roster has contributed to the club’s ongoing and record-breaking 21-game win streak. Most of the team’s stars, predictably, have played well during the stretch: Young infielders Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez have been exceptional on both sides of the ball, Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion have hit for big power, and Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have been unhittable.
But the Indians’ incredible run of success has been buoyed by strong performances from less likely sources. Here are six unsung heroes of Cleveland’s 21-game winning streak:
Swiftly emerging as one of this site’s favorite baseball players, the long-haired, Dazed and Confused-quoting Clevinger has kept pace with the likes of Kluber and Carrasco since the start of the streak. After his win on Wednesday, Clevinger is now 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA across 28 innings in five starts during the winning streak. He has struck out 32 batters and walked 12 in that time.
I know what you’re thinking: “Yandy Diaz, is that a baseball guy? It certainly sounds like a baseball guy.” And indeed, Yandy Diaz is a baseball guy. This specific baseball guy took over the Indians’ starting third-base job when Jason Kipnis went down with an injury and Jose Ramirez shifted from third to second. During the streak, Diaz has hit .357 with an on-base percentage just below .500. A Cuban defector who signed with Cleveland in 2013, Diaz posted consistently high batting…Read More