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Tribe Madness: First Energy Region semi-finals results

Tribe Madness: First Energy Region semi-finals results
December 15, 2013
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Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the First Energy Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.

For an overview of how the tournament works, go here. For a profile of each player in this region, go here.

#11 OF Tito Francona (1959) vs. #2 SP Vean Gregg (1911)

April: Gregg 45, Francona 42

When a number 11 seed makes it to the third round that player has be doing something right.  In Tito's case it is hitting the ball and he hasn't stopped.  Tito continued that trend in April crushing 6 balls into the cheap seats as he raked to the tune of a .381 average (1.049 OPS) in April.  Tito was especially hot during an 11-for-20 run which capped an 8-game hitting streak.  After four games, Vean Gregg was 1-1 with an 0.98 ERA.   He lost on opening day 1-2 and then only gave up 1 earned run in his next three starts but drew two no decisions.  Vean then split his final two games to finish the month 2-2 with a 1.28 ERA.

May: Francona 102, Gregg 87

Nine homers and a .355 average in May were the highlights of Tito's month but it was a 10-for-16 run which fueled those numbers.  In his hot streak, Tito homered twice and drove in 6.  Vean Gregg started off the month where he left off by splitting his first two starts on only 5 earned runs.   Then on the 13th, Gregg was hammered for 5 runs and that was the beginning of a 3-game slide.  The slide cost Gregg as he finished the month with a 2-5 mark and a 2.88 ERA.

June: Francona 159, Gregg 120

Tito Francona finished June high on a 15-game hitting streak which pumped up his average to .375.  He hit .391 in June with 8 homers and 20 RBI to give him 23 on the season.  Tito crushed Vean Gregg pitches in back-to-back games for homers but Vean finished June with a 4-1 mark and a 2.24 ERA.  He did it by winning 4 in a row including three straight games in which he surrendered only one run in each.

July: Francona 222, Gregg 153

The Tito train just keeps rolling as he hit .a season best .393 with 9 homers and 29 RBI.  He stretched his end of June hitting streak to a June-July 18 gamer.  He followed that 18-gamer with an 11-game streak.  Sylveanus “Vean” Gregg suffered a 3-game losing streak in July all of which were games he didn't get offensive help (1-2, 0-3, and 2-3).   The month was marred by a no-decision in which he gave up 7 in 6.2 innings. 

August: Francona 243, Gregg 168

Tito put his game on cruise control in August by hitting .325 with 4 homers and 18 RBI.   All were season lows.  He did start to put his foot on the gas as he finished the month with hits in 8-straight games.  Like Tito, Gregg put up his worst stats for any month of the season.  While Tito's stats were still winning stats, Gregg's stats were those of a frustrated pitcher.  Vean went 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA in August.   At the beginning and the end of the month, Vean came out victorious but lost all four of his decisions in between.

September: Francona 321, Gregg 198

Tito finished off Vean Gregg with his best month of the season.  He hit .449 with a 1.205 OPS, 10 doubles, and 34 RBI.  All season highs for Tito and he added 7 bombs.  Tito had an amazing run of 12 straight mult-hit games.  Gregg battled back by winning 4 straight to even his record at 15-15 but dropped 3 in a row.  Gregg did win his finale 9-4.

Final Stats:

Tito Francona: .383/.430/.640/1.070, 30 2B, 4 3B, 43 HR, 118 R, 151 RBI, 6 SB, 10.7 WAR
Vean Gregg: 16-18, 3.10 ERA, 301.2 IP, 104 ER, 121 BB, 183 K, 1.39 WHIP, 6.6 WAR

#5 OF Albert Belle (1995) vs. #1 3B Al Rosen (1953)

April: Rosen 27, Belle 21

In 1995, Albert didn't get much of a chance to show what he could do in April as the month was virtually locked out.   Belle jumped out to a 9-game hitting streak.  He is locked in a battle with number one seed, Flip Rosen, and it's a tight battle.  Flip used a 6-for-15 run to finish the month with a .304 average while launching 5 balls into the cheap seats.

May: Rosen 105, Belle 54

Albert continued to punish the baseball in May hitting just .288 but he launched 10 balls into home run land.  He drove in 23 runs while scoring 21 as he put up a 1.039 OPS.  Flip Rosen showed why he was a number one seed in May as he pummeled opposing pitchers to the tune of a .373 average and 10 homers. After starting the month 0-for-3, Flip unleashed his fury as he went 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 RBI.  The 4-for-5 day launched a 10-game hitting streak as the 1953 MVP takes control of this match up early.

June: Rosen 153, Belle 123

Albert drove in 6 runs on June 5th with a 4-for-4 day with 2 homers and he didn't stop hitting all month.  Albert joined the 30 home run club with his 13th homer of the month as he hit .373.  Flip had a 10-game hitting streak but also a 2-for-22 slump in June.  The hot-and-cold month left Flip hitting .320 with 6 homers and 23 RBI.

July: Rosen 204, Belle 150

Albert cooled off a bit in July as he only hit hit 7 homers with a .286 average.   The month was going well until a 1-for-18 slump ended his month.  Before the slump, Albert had an 11-game hitting streak.  Flip matched a season high 10 homers in July to surpass the 30 homer mark on the season.  His best run in July was a 14-game hitting streak.

August: Rosen 255, Belle 186

The dog days of August affected Albert's average as he hit only .255 but hit 10 homers.  Albert suffered through a 3-for-26 run early in the month and really didn't get hot all month. Albert's tough road was made tougher in August as the number one seed used August to build an almost insurmountable lead by hitting .346 with 6 homers and 25 RBI.  Flip used a 9-for-21 run with 2 homers, a triple and 9 RBI to build his lead.

September: Rosen 318, Belle 231

Albert finished strong hitting in his final 7 games but still couldn't overcome Rosen's lead.  While Albert had his best average in the first 3 innings on the season (.315), Belle's OPS went up as games progressed (.963 → 1.012 → 1.089).   Rosen started the month with a 15-game hitting streak to put a fork in the battled of the Als.

Final Stats:

Albert Belle: .297/.376/.642/1.018, 34 2B, 3 3B, 57 HR, 116 R, 171 RBI, 7 SB, 7.7 WAR
Al Rosen: .333/.427/.601/1.028, 23 2B, 7 3B, 42 HR, 120 R, 150 RBI, 4 SB, 10.6 WAR

Next Up:  #11 OF Tito Francona vs. #1 3B Al Rosen (1953)

Here is the updated west and east brackets:

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