CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Indians were ousted from the 2017 MLB Playoffs in disappointing fashion Wednesday night, with a Game 5 loss against the New York Yankees.
Even though the Tribe was expected by many to last much longer in the playoffs this year, manager Terry Francona cherished the team's journey throughout the regular season.
"It was an honor to go through this year with these guys. There's times it hurt, like tonight. But it's quite a group, and I feel like a better person for going through the year with these guys."
- The Cleveland Indians won 102 regular season games in the 2017 season, the third time in franchise history that the team eclipsed the 100-win mark. Cleveland's record was also the best in the American League and enough to clinch the Central Division pennant.
- During the regular season, the team rattled off 22 wins in a row, an American League record. Only one other team had more wins in MLB history. The 1916 New York Giants went 26 consecutive games without a loss.
- The most exciting game of the season for the Indians is arguably Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees. Down by five runs, the Indians were able to put together an epic comeback to defeat the team 9-8 in extra innings.
- The Indians finished the regular season with three pitchers that totaled 17 or more wins. Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco both finished with 18 wins, while Trevor Bauer finished with 17.
- As far as slugging goes, the Indians displayed a powerful lineup this season. Three players hit more than 25 home runs, including Edwin Encarnacion with 38, Francisco Lindor with 33, and Jose Ramirez with 29.
The 2017 season was memorable for Tribe fans and players, but manager Francona is not ready to talk about next year. Until 2018!