Anything can happen in baseball. A seven-game lead on August 24 isn’t always safe, never mind May 24. However, as the Indians continue to win and extend their lead over the Tigers, a trip to the postseason becomes increasingly more likely.
The Tribe has now won at least 30 of their first 45 games for the eight time in the last 90 years. Six of the seven previous occurances led to eventual trips to the playoffs, including the 1948 World Series championship year.
The one year that did not result in a trip to the postseason was 1921, when the Tribe finished 94-60 – tied for the second-best record in the majors – but were edge out of the AL crown by the Yankees.