Let's honor The Streak with some awards – MLB.com

“I still can’t believe we lost,” reliever Joe Smith said in the aftermath.

Indians on win streak ending

[email protected]: Tribe on 22-game win streak being snapped

Terry Francona, Trevor Bauer, Jay Bruce and Austin Jackson discuss the Indians’ 22-game streak being snapped in a 4-3 loss to the Royals

The Indians can now turn their focus to their upcoming American League Central clincher (their magic number is down to two) and the challenge of ending the game’s longest World Series championship drought at 69 years.

DYK: Final facts from Tribe’s 22-game streak

But before they do, let’s salute The Streak one last time. If we can have monthly awards and awards for best-of-seven postseason series, surely we can honor this four-week stretch of baseball brilliance with some imaginary hardware. Ladies and gentlemen … The Streakies!

Best Hitter and Most Valuable Player: Jose Ramirez

Tough call here, because Francisco Lindor really sprung to life during The Streak (.360/.427/.767 slash with nine homers). His leadoff production was a huge reason the Indians were able to ambush teams so consistently in this stretch.

But Ramirez slashed — and this is not a misprint — ..423/.462/.944. You got that? He had a .944 slugging percentage! To put that in perspective, 81 percent of qualified hitters during this timeframe had a lower OPS than Ramirez’s SLG.

Because of a sore wrist, Ramirez only played 18 games to Lindor’s 21, and, despite batting leadoff, Lindor had 20 RBIs to Ramirez’s 14. But when in the lineup, Ramirez, a clear American League MVP and Best Major Leaguer candidate for the MLB Awards, was the extra-base-compiling, helmet-losing igniter he’s been all year. His double set up the walkoff in Win No. 22 and, as The Streak ended Friday night, he tried valiantly to keep it

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