Indians continue streak of choking


The Cleveland Indians' recent record in put-away games is becoming ominous.

Dating back to the 2016 World Series - in which Cleveland held a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs - the Indians have lost six straight games in which they could have closed out their series.

In 2007, holding a 3-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, the Indians choked again, losing to the eventual World Series champions in seven games.

Since losing the World Series in 1997, the franchise has gone an abysmal 3-17 in potential put-away games, blowing a two-game series lead on four separate occasions.

Under Terry Francona's five-year tenure, the Indians are 0-for-3 in elimination games as well, dropping the 2013 wild-card game, the 2016 World Series, and, now, the 2017 ALDS against the New York Yankees.

The Indians, coming off a 102-win regular season that included an AL-record 22 straight victories, entered October as a World Series co-favorite. Jumping out to a 2-0 ALDS lead against New York was the perfect start on what they hoped would be the path to their first championship since 1948.

But after blowing an opportunity with three consecutive defeats, much like the collapse in last year's Fall Classic, baseball's longest title drought is once again extended in excruciating fashion.

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