The Cleveland Indians have won 12 games in a row and are now ten games up in the American League Central (as recently as August 6 they were only up by 2.5 games). That 12-game winning streak is the longest in baseball this year.
More impressive than the winning streak itself, though? The Indians haven’t trailed since a week ago Monday.
That’s right: the last time the Indians were behind in a game was eight days ago, when the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning in their game at Yankee Stadium. Cleveland tied it in the sixth and then went on to win going away, 6-2. They’ve been tied a couple of times since then, but they have not trailed at any point in their past seven games.
Next up in Cleveland’s sites: trying to chase down Houston for the best record in the American League. They are currently three games behind the Astros in that department.
(h/t to Bradley Smith)
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.