5 reasons the Cleveland Indians are World Series favorites

The win gave Cleveland sole possession of the second-longest winning streak in Major League Baseball history, passing the Chicago Cubs.

Even though the historic run has captured the attention of fans and media, the Indians aren't getting too wrapped-up in their success. Cleveland is now on a 21-game winning streak and Miller has been out for all of it.

The Indians, who won in electrifying fashion Thursday night, scoring runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and bottom of the tenth to win it, had no such magic on Friday.

They will be tested against those teams in the final stretch, as they face off against the Brewers and Cardinals 11 times in the final 17 games.

Down to their last strike - what is this, the 1986 World Series? - the Indians climbed back and upward, prevailing over the Royals, 3-2, in 10 innings for their 22nd straight victory.

The Indians finished one of the most memorable games in park history in the 10th. Bruce then smacked a 2-0 pitch into the right-field corner to score Ramirez with the winning run. The team has also played incredibly well since it lost its last game, outscoring opponents by a grand sum of 139-35.

The Indians are back in action on Thursday night, looking to extend their streak to 22 games in a matchup against the Kansas City Royals.

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The Cleveland Indians are chasing a Major League Baseball record that few teams in the modern era have managed to accomplish. Iglesias had returned to his home in Florida for the birth of his child but got stranded there during Hurricane Irma .

"I thought he looked much, much closer to Andrew than the last time", said manager Terry Francona, who will closely monitor Miller. Through the first 21 games and 189 innings, Cleveland had trailed in just four innings.

And once the team tied the game, there was no way they were losing.

Judge hit an opposite-field drive over New York's bullpen in right-center in the fourth against Mike Wright, then lined a 448-foot drive into the second deck in left in the sixth off Rich Rodriguez.

Since the streak began, Cleveland's starters have gone 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA.

That said, this is the inherent appeal of gambling - if you can predict the future of sports (and many feel like they can), you can get rich quick. It's true that the Dodgers are enjoying a hard-fought and joyous one-game win streak, but they are not the team they were in the middle of the summer. "There's so much randomness in every single game and things you just can't control".

The Indians are the talk of the baseball world not just for winning all these games, but for doing so in dramatic, dominant fashion. By the time Game 7 of last year's World Series rolled around, he felt Miller was exhausted.

"I knew the results would validate my approach", Moncada said through a translator. "I mean, it's utterly incredible", Royals manager Ned Yost said.


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