Wed. MLB preview: Lester helps #Cubs cling to 1st; Indians go for 21

13 Sep , 2017 Sports

With the Cubs holding a slim lead over St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central, veteran lefty Jon Lester (10-7, 4.35 ERA) looks for his third straight win when the Cubs host Matt Harvey (5-4, 5.82 ERA) and the depleted Mets. The defending World Series champions had lost three in a row and six of eight before Tuesday night’s 8-3 victory over New York.

The amazing Indians go for their 21st straight victory when right-hander Mike Clevinger, who hasn’t allowed a run in his past three outings, faces the Detroit Tigers in a 12:10 p.m. start. Cleveland can tie the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest winning streak in major league history. The record is 26 in a row by the 1916 New York Giants. Closing in on their second consecutive AL Central crown, the Indians ran their incredible string to 20 games Tuesday night, beating Detroit 2-0 behind Corey Kluber (16-4) to match the American League mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Cleveland’s streak began on Aug. 24 in Boston.

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Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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