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The Francona 500: Five Memorable Moments of Terry Francona’s Time as Indians Manager

5. Let’s Do 22

Last season the Indians seemed to have a letdown after the draining World Series that didn’t conclude until November 2nd, and on July 19th the team was just a half game up on the Twins in the AL Central sitting at 48-45.

A team meeting took place, and with it the team regained its focus and played better than any other team in the Majors the rest of the season, going 54-15 the rest of the way to finish the year 102-60, best in the American League.

With it came a win streak that started on Thursday August 24th with a 13-6 win over the Red Sox, and lasted until Thursday September 14th, as the team topped the Royals 3-2 in 10 innings at Progressive Field.

During the 22-game win streak, the team recorded seven shutouts, scored over 10 runs six times, and outscored their opponents 141 to 37 – that’s a plus 104 in runs over 22 games.

It was a crazy turnaround and the way that Francona handled it was even better – one game at a time, never willing to look ahead or behind.

After the win streak ended the team was just as impressive, going 11-4 in their final 15 games to end up with 102 wins, again thanks to Francona keeping the ship steady when some people felt they were ready to would sink.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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