Tribe Madness: Jacobs Field Region Round 1 results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the first round of the Jacobs Field Region where eight players move on and eight are eliminated. These are the final results for Round 1 of this tournament.
This battle, or should I rephrase it war, started out with both Lemon and Shaute as the number one starters. The two pitchers went at each other through May. At that point Shaute was 2-5 (five no decisions) and Lemon was 5-3 (four ND's). This prompted manager Casey Stengal to demote Shaute to third in the rotation. Essentially, Lemon was matched up against Al Jackson. The two pitchers locked in a stalemate until Lemon won six of his last eight starts and he beat Shaute 195-141. The highlight for Lemon was on July 21st when he took a no-hitter into the seventh. With one out, LF Frank Thomas hit a 14 hopper between short and third which escaped every fielder and rolled into left field. Lemon was unfazed and retired the final eight guys in order for a 10-0 one-hitter.
After losing the head-to-head battle to Lemon, Shaute couldn't get things on track finishing up going 12-11. Shaute was more competitive at League Park (8-8 3.98 ERA) but struggled at the more cavernous Cleveland Stadium (6-8, 4.14 ERA). Shaute was perfect in August going 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA as he finished the season on a 6-2 note.
Greg Swindell had battled to a 10-9 record with a 3.64 ERA before things went wrong. Swindell lost seven straight starts but only gave up 26 earned runs in those losses. Twice in that streak Benton's team only scored one run and two other times they scored less than three but all were losses for the big lefty. Greg broke the streak with a five-hit shutout then followed it up with another shutout.
Benton used a 3-1, 1.83 ERA month of September to bolster good stats but as a reliever Benton just couldn't score enough Madness Points as he fell to Swindell 231-36. Relievers in this tournament went 0-5 and that’s just the nature of how WAR is calculated for relief pitchers.
Opening day was very kind to Crossfire Moore as he shut out the Kelts 6-0. Of the three hits surrendered by the sidewinder, Butch Keltner got one, a two-out seventh inning single to left. Moore's teammates just didn't give him the run support as 15 times they scored three or fewer runs. No month demonstrated his hard luck more like July when Crossfire went 2-5 with a 2.29 ERA. It was in July where his team was shut out on two consecutive Moore starts (both 0-3 losses).
Butch on the other hand belted 26 bombs on the way to downing Big Ebbie (Moore) 261-192. Butch really came through in the clutch hitting .349 in late/close game situations. He slammed 3 homers and drove in 19 as he put up an .894 OPS when the game was on the line. He also had a lot of success against Crossfire in head-to-head matchups hitting .294/.378/.365/.743 with 2 homers, 18 RBI, 15 Runs and 8 strikeouts.
The Rock was solid as granite as Earl “The Rock” Averill crushed Ronnie Belliard 252-120. The biggest difference was that Belliard, who hit fifth in the line-up, was beaten into submission in runs produced (119–208). One telling stat for Belliard was his two hits in 12 at bats with bases loaded with no extra-base hits. Belliard also couldn't come up with a two out hit very often as he hit just .214, but 7 of his 42 two-out hits went out of the park. Belliard performed best with the bases empty with a .285 average and .762 OPS including 14 round trippers.
Rock, the Earl of Snohomish, started out slow hitting just .161 in April but started to heat up as the temperatures rose smacking around the ball to a .373 average (1.065 OPS) during the dog-days of July. July also was his most impressive power month hitting 10 bombs. In contrast to Belliard, Averill had a 1.022 OPS with runners in scoring position and a .583 average in 12 bases loaded at bats (12 RBI). Just to show how much Rock was in control, he hit .341 with two strikes on him (14 homers).
Through the first four months of the season, Falkenberg was experiencing a tough season at 10-12 but had a sterling 2.81 ERA. Gonzalez on the other hand was cruising with a .326 average, .987 OPS, and 32 homers. Cy flipped the competition in August by going 5-1 while Igor Gonzalez suffered his lowest home run total (4) for any month in the season. In September, Juan Gone did all he could belting 11 bombs with a season high 28 RBI but he just couldn't overcome the deficit as Falkenberg took a 294-174 victory.
On June 1st Igor pelted Al Jackson for three bombs. In the first, inning Juan hit homer #13 with a runner on, in the sixth he hit number 14 with the bases empty and in the 8th he connected for his 15th with the bases empty in a 5-3 victory. Cy enjoyed pitching at League Park going 13-7 with a 2.73 ERA but struggled to win at Jacobs Field as he went 4-8 with a 2.73 ERA. In head-to-head matchups Gonzalez hit .289/.324/.356/.679 with 1 homer, 11 RBI, 10 Runs and 21 strikeouts.
Next up: #5 OF Earl Averill (1934) vs. #4 SP Cy Falkenberg (1913)
Perry romped to a 4-2 August with a 1.95 ERA. The 4-2 record matched his May and June records for his season best. Jim's 1-3 April and 2-3 July were his only losing months. The contest came down to Perry's ability to win games while Kenny lacked the extra base hits (37). In a very close contest, Perry beat Kenny 180-150 - the difference is one game in the WAR category. He also had trouble retiring Kenny on a regular basis and when Kenny got on, he scored (19 runs in 55 times getting on base).
Kenny was extremely successful with the bases loaded, hitting .429 as he drove in 18 runs in 21 at bats. For Lofton, it was important to be ahead in the count (1.115 OPS) because he only had a .612 OPS when behind in the count. In head to head matchups Lofton excelled hitting .357/.404/.468/.873 with no homers, 4 triples, 19 runs, and 14 RBI.
Next up: #6 3B Ken Keltner (1948) vs. #14 SP Jim Perry (1974)
On August 2nd, Brook Jacoby was hitting a respectable .275, .868 OPS and 29 homers but things took a terrible turn for the Indians' third sacker. From that point until September 9th, Jacoby was bullied by the Bull's pitching staff going 22-for-130 with only two bombs. His average dipped to .249 (.792 OPS). Jacoby picked things up but couldn't make up the ground as he fell to the right-hander 237-120. Brook was more comfortable hitting at Cleveland Stadium (.285 average, .913 OPS, 20 homers) but saw his numbers dip at Dunn Field (.252 average, .779 OPS, and 16 round trippers). Those home and road splits were evident in the Jacoby's home/road record as he held a 42-39 edge at home but was crushed 31-50 at Dunn Field.
Uhle dominated Jacoby in the head-to-head matchup by holding Brook below the Mendoza line deep into September. While Jacoby struggled in August, the Bull soared with a 7-0 record and a 0.93 ERA. As for Jacoby's teammates, George held them to a .210 average and a .564 OPS as he surrendered only 8 homers in 1,135 at bats. In fact, the Bull held opponents to only 47 extra-base hits all year. In head-to-head matchups Jacoby hit .203/.274/.308/.582 with 3 homers, 2 triples, 16 RBI and 6 runs.
Next up: #7 SP Greg Swindell (1987) vs. #2 SP George Uhle (1926)
41,800 fans jammed into Cleveland Stadium (okay not jammed, the old stadium would fit 41K fans comfortably) to witness the first Battle of the Eaus. Joe jumped out early taking a two-run lead in the second inning. Lou would cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth. With two outs and a runner on first, Super Joe slammed a 1-1 pitch into the left-center field bleachers and the “Go Joe Charboneau” song was blaring. Super Joe cruised to an 8-3 win. The two Eaus would battle 161 more times in the War of the Eaus with Old Shufflefoot Boudreau crushing Super Joe, 272-24.
Joe's opening day dramatics was his highest point and represented his only lead in the war but it wasn't his only highlight. He had a 3-for-4 day on April 19th with two homers and 7 RBI in a 13-5 win. On August 18th, Joe rocked two homers then returned the next day to repeat the accomplishment. While Joe started 142 games, he did pinch hit eight times going 4-8 with a 1.250 OPS. Lou raked all season especially in late game/close game situations as he hit .342 with a .990 OPS. In those situations, Lou hammered three balls into the cheap seats and drove in 22 ribbies.
Next up: #9 SP Bob Lemon (1949) vs. #1 SS Lou Boudreau (1948)
Here are the updated west and east brackets for the tournament: