MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Indians this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.
May 12: Indians 2, Cubs 1 (10 innings) -- Under the radar
So much of the focus on the Indians' dominant bullpen has surrounded Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak and Bryan Shaw -- and rightfully so -- but the relief corps has found tremendous success in getting top-notch innings from all eight guys in the 'pen, including Cal Quantrill. Although he missed the cut to join Cleveland's rotation at the beginning of the year, he's done his part out of the bullpen and extended his scoreless innings streak to nine in the series finale against the Cubs. It marks the second-longest such streak of his career, as his longest was 11 2/3 innings with the Padres.
May 11: Indians 3, Cubs 2 -- Bieber shines on defense, too
Since Statcast began its tracking in 2015, no pitcher has ever caught a harder-hit line drive than the one Shane Bieber snagged for the first out of the series opener against the Cubs. An 111.5 mph bullet came off the bat of Joc Pederson and flew just to the glove side of Bieber's head. In a split second, Bieber was able to get his glove up in time to make the catch.
May 8: Indians 9, Reds 2 -- Pitching staff solid
Apparently, the Indians just need to get four runs on the board to walk away with a win. Because of the solid starting pitching and elite relief work the team has received so far this year, all but one game has gone in Cleveland's favor when it plated at least four runs. The team's 17-1 record in these games equates to a whopping .944 win percentage.
May 7: Reds 3, Indians 0 -- No-hit again
On April 14, the Indians’ offense was stymied against White Sox starter Carlos Rodón. Just 20 games later, the team found itself in the same situation. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Indians became the third team in MLB history to be no-hit twice within its first 31 games of a season, joining the 1917 White Sox and 1884 Pittsburgh Alleghenys (American Association). Cleveland also became the eighth team all-time to be no-hit twice in a 21-game span in a single season.
May 6: Indians 4, Royals 0 -- A series sweep for the books
This four-game series at Kauffman Stadium couldn't have come at a better time for the Indians. Fresh off a series win over the White Sox, Cleveland swept Kansas City on the road to take sole possession of first place in the American League Central for the first time since April 13. Better yet, it will go down as the first time the Indians have ever swept the Royals in a four-game series in Kansas City. The last time Cleveland pulled off a four-game sweep in Kansas City came in 1960, when the A's were still around, with Jack Harshman earning the Game 4 win.
May 5: Indians 5, Royals 4 -- Bieber extends K's streak
Even when he's not at the top of his game, Shane Bieber can't stop making history. Against the Royals, Bieber gutted out six innings and struck out the first two Kansas City hitters in the bottom of the sixth to bring his strikeout total to nine. He has now struck out at least eight batters in 19 consecutive games, which extends the record he established in his previous start on Friday.
May 4: Indians 7, Royals 3 -- Another Cleveland comeback
The Indians clawed their way back from a three-run deficit against the Royals to give them their 10th come-from-behind victory of the season. This is the most comeback wins the team has had this early in the season since 1999, when Cleveland also had 10 comeback wins in the first 28 games. The club has only had at least 10 comeback wins in six different seasons dating to 1906. The most in the first 28 games came in 1995 (12), with '32 (11) just behind. This season joins '99, '54 and '24 (all with 10) as the only others.
May 3: Indians 8, Royals 6 -- HR streak at eight
The story for the Indians' offense all year long has been the long ball. The team entered the series opener against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium having scored 51.5% of its runs via homers -- the third-highest percentage in the Majors. And once again, the game was decided by two blasts -- one from Eddie Rosario and one from Josh Naylor -- to have their eighth consecutive game with a homer (13 homers total in that span). This is the longest homer streak for the club since it recorded a home run in 12 straight contests from June 3-19, 2019.
May 2: Indians 5, White Sox 0 -- A historic shutout
The victory at Guaranteed Rate Field not only gave the Indians the series win, but also handed them their second shutout of the season and their 161st all-time shutout against Chicago. That marks the Indians' second-most shutouts against a team since 1901, trailing just the 166 they've recorded against the Orioles. The White Sox have only been shutout twice through their first 27 games -- both times by Cleveland. The Indians' pitching staff also combined to allow just four hits, which is the seventh time the staff has held opponents to four hits or fewer in its first 26 games.
May 1: White Sox 7, Indians 3 -- Staff rewrites history
Although the White Sox were able to put five runs on the board with just one hit through the first three innings, the Indians' pitching staff was still able to complete a feat that hadn't been done in the franchise's last 55 years. Starter Triston McKenzie and reliever Phil Maton combined to record the first nine outs of the game all via strikeout, which is the first time since Sept. 18, 1966, the club had done so. In '66, it was Sam McDowell who recorded all nine outs by strikeouts against the Tigers.