Corey Kluber is Cleveland’s favorite son today. Well, the Cleveland Indians that is. He put the Indians on his back or on his pitching arm actually, and took care of business by shutting down the Texas Rangers and ending the eight game losing streak of the Indians. Before everyone shouts for joy let us take a look back and see what damage was done over the losing streak.
The last time they won a game before last night was June 1. On that day the Indians were only one half game behind the Detroit Tigers. Now with the streak finally over they lost five games total and are 5.5 games back. Luckily for them, they are still in second place but the Kansas City Royals have been on the move over the same stretch of games and are threatening to overtake them for the second spot.
All in all they should feel pretty good about their current spot after such a long losing streak. After all an eight game losing streak in April is one thing but in June it means a lot more. As the season goes on, losing streaks mean more. For now the Indians are still in second place and therefore still well in contention. Without a doubt the extended losing streak was costly. The best medicine for a long losing streak of course is a long winning streak. They’ll try to get that going now.