This weekend in baseball was chock full of action. Two more teams clinched their respective divisions, we had a near no hitter in Detroit, and the Indians streak finally came to an end. So let’s get it started.
We all have been waiting 2 weeks for the next division to be completed. That happened twice this weekend as both the Indians and the Astros clinched division titles in the AL Central and AL West, respectively. The Indians have been the hottest team in baseball, posting a 17-1 record in the month of September. This is the Indians’ 9th overall AL Central division title and their second in as many years. The Astros on the other hand have not been far behind. They have been almost as hot with an 11-5 record in September. This is the first AL West title for the ‘Stros since joining the division back in 2013.
Since trading Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tigers have not had much to cheer about. That changed yesterday with lefty Matt Boyd. Boyd was cruising through 8 2/3 innings against the Chi Sox, and then Tim Anderson came up to the dish. With two outs in the top of the 9th inning, Anderson ripped a double to right field over the head of Nick Castellanos. Boyd came within one out of completing the Tigers’ eighth no-no in team history and their first since Verlander in his spectacular 2011 season. Despite the double, Boyd was able to retire the next hitter and seal the deal for a 12-0 win. His final line was 9 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB.
The weekend for the Cleveland Indians was full of ups. Some may say that losing a game is a down, but not when is comes after a record setting 22-game win streak. Before Friday, the last time the Indians lost a game was August 23rd. They went nearly a month without losing a baseball game. The 22 wins in a row set an MLB record for the longest win streak. After the game on Friday, there was not one sad face in Cleveland as the entire stadium, even Royals fans, gave the team a standing ovation for giving us something we may never see again in our lifetimes.
Oh and not to mention we saw a potential NLCS matchup in Washington that did not disappoint. So if you were not able to turn on some baseball this weekend, boy did you miss a lot.