CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - With Thursday night's dramatic walk-off victory against the Kansas City Royals, the Cleveland Indians have officially clinched a spot in the 2017 Playoffs.
The Indians benefited from the Houston Astros' win Thursday night over the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels' loss guaranteed the Indians a spot in the playoffs, even if they lose the rest of their scheduled games. Cleveland clinched a playoff spot, and is three wins away from clinching the American League Central Division.
Cleveland recently passed the Astros for best record in the American League and are now chasing down the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best overall record in the Majors.
The team wasted no time celebrating their postseason berth.
Cleveland Indians 2017 postseason gear is already available. Fans can stock up on shirts, hats, and sweatshirts marking the Indians trip to the playoffs this year, which start Oct. 3.
The record-breaking Tribe are now chasing the 1916 New York Giants for longest unbeaten streak in baseball history. Cleveland already set the American League record for longest winning streak and is now chasing the Giants' mark of 26 wins.
They look to continue the pursuit Friday night for the second game of four against the Royals. Tickets for the game are already sold out. Trevor Bauer, who has won his last nine decisions, takes the mound for Cleveland.