Tribe Madness: Municipal Stadium Region Round 2 results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the second round of the Municipal Stadium Region where four players move on and four are eliminated.
For an overview of how the tournament works and for an in-depth preview into each of the players remaining in the region, go here.
#5 SP Johnny Allen (1936) vs. #4 OF Larry Doby (1952)
April: Allen 24, Doby 12
April was not a kind month to either competitor. Allen started out the month strong with three complete games but was 1-2 then had a stinker on the 22nd (which was also Doby's best game). Doby scuffled throughout the month and except for a 4-for-5 day on the 22nd, things would have been worse. As it was Doby finished the month with a .210 average with 4 homers, 14 runs, and 12 RBI.
May: Allen 51, Doby 24
Allen's tough season continued as he slipped to 5-6 with a 5.48 ERA. In seven May starts, Johnny gave up six or more runs four times and one time didn't get out of the fourth inning. With Allen leaving the door open, Doby failed to take advantage. While his May average was better (.262) his OPS fell (.791 to .781 in May).
June: Allen 78, Doby 69
Allen turned things around in June going 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA. In five of his six June starts, Johnny gave up two earned runs or less. Doby countered with his first .300 (.302) month and he added nine bombs. Larry had a nine-game hitting streak up until June 10th.
July: Doby 135, Allen 114
A 2-4 record with a 4.11 month put Allen's lead in jeopardy. Things started well for Johnny as he threw a three-hit shutout on Independence Day but pitched poorly after the gem. As Johnny was struggling, Doby was flexing his muscles as he hit 10 homers including a run of six homers in four games. In one game during his homer streak, Doby pelted Allen for two bombs with the second a slam which sent Johnny to the showers in the fifth inning.
August: Doby 186, Allen 144
Allen went 3-4 in August with a 3.69 ERA including a five-hit shutout on the 18th. For the second consecutive month, Larry Doby hit like he wanted to advance. He thumped four homers and put up a 1.036 OPS. He started the month continuing a hitting streak that was started in July. That hitting streak was stopped at 11 games but he finished the month on a 12-game streak. In total, Larry hit in all but three August games.
September: Doby 240, Allen 198
Johnny went 3-0 in September to make things interesting. In five of his six September starts, Allen gave up three or fewer earned runs but salvaged three wins and three no decisions. Starting the month on a 12-game hitting streak, Doby added 10 games to tie the Indians Madness record for the longest streak in the tournament as 22 games. With the streak, Doby cruised to a 42 point victory.
Johnny Allen: 17-15, 3.93 ERA, 274.2 IP, 120 ER, 109 BB, 228 K, 1.34 WHIP, 6.0 WAR
Larry Doby: .295/.394/.573/.968, 37 2B, 7 3B, 40 HR, 112 R, 132 RBI, 5 SB, 8.0 WAR
#11 OF Jim Piersall (1961) vs. #3 SP Early Wynn (1956)
April: Piersall 24, Wynn 18
Jimmy Piersall hit .300 with 4 doubles and 3 triples to grab an early lead. Jimmy kicked off the season with a 10-game hitting streak and finished the month on a 9-gamer. Meanwhile, Early “Gus” Wynn struggled to a 2-3 record with a 5.15 ERA.
May: Wynn 48, Piersall 42
Jimmy kept hitting in May (.308) and found his power stroke putting three balls into the cheap seats. He also finished the month on a 7-for-16 run which included a homer and three RBI. Despite his consistently strong month, Piersall lost his lead as Gus went 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA to edge ahead. Wynn also finished strong giving up only five earned runs over his final 35.1 innings.
June: Wynn 111, Piersall 84
It was a big month for both Jimmy and Gus. Jimmy hit .345 and scored 21 runs to sit at .319 and 49 on the season. Piersall put together a mid-month 14-game hitting streak. Wynn's June was even better going 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA. Gus's two losses were both complete games where he surrendered only four earned runs combined. He finished the month with a three-hit shutout.
July: Wynn 138, Piersall 108
Piersall hit .286 for his first sub-.300 month. Jimmy made a mad rush to preserve his .300 month streak grabbing hits in his final five games of the month. Wynn widened his lead despite a 2-5 record in July. In spite of his record, Gus had a 3.52 ERA. In four of Gus' seven July starts his team scored less than four runs to support him.
August: Wynn 147, Piersall 123
Jimmy returned to his .300 self by hitting .318 and scored 17 runs to make up some ground on a struggling Wynn. Wynn's struggles were mighty in August going 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA. Gus gave up at least four earned runs in every start in August including 10 on August 12.
September: Piersall 180, Wynn 168
Knowing he had 24 points to make up really motivated Jimmy Piersall. He put up his best month of the season to flip the scoreboard. Jimmy won by hitting .387 in September with three homers (tied with May for his most of the season.) Jimmy did it by hitting in 16-straight games from September 1st through the 18th and hit in 25 of 27 September games. Gus dropped his first four September decisions moving his winless drought to 10 games. Then facing elimination he won his final two giving up a combined two earned runs, but still fell short.
Jimmy Piersall: .336/.375/.463/.838, 53 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 105 R, 74 RBI, 20 SB, 6.0 WAR
Early Wynn: 13-21, 4.18 ERA, 314.0 IP, 146 ER, 130 BB, 194 K, 1.40 WHIP, 5.6 WAR
#7 SS Omar Vizquel (1999) vs. #15 SP Otto Hess (1906)
April: Hess 21, Vizquel 9
Otto started out strong going 4-2 with a 2.87 ERA as he held Omar to only three hits in 23 at bats. Omar's struggles included 21 straight at bats without a hit but he did rebound to hit .272 on the month.
May: Hess 75, Vizquel 51
Omar got it going hitting .359 in May and scored 20 runs. He still is struggled against Hess but may have solved that puzzle going 4-for-8 in the final two matchups with the southpaw. Hess went 3-4 in May with a 2.88 ERA and had five complete games. Two of Hess' losses were of the 0-1 and 0-2 variety.
June: Hess 126, Vizquel 87
Otto saved his best for his final June start going all nine innings in a four-hit shutout as he stretched his win streak to three games. On the season, Hess is 11-9 with a 2.94 ERA. Vizquel put together his best month against Hess as he raised his season average to .250 against the southpaw. Omar also put together an 11-game hitting streak (his best of the season thus far).
July: Hess 171, Vizquel 115
Omar stayed hot hitting .325 but only hit two extra-base hits as Hess started to run away with the contest. Otto went 4-3 with a 3.43 ERA as he put a bit more distance between him and the Venezuelan shortstop. Otto won his first two July decisions to cap a five-game winning streak.
August: Hess 210, Vizquel 126
Vizquel popped his second homer of the season but for the first time since April his average dipped below .300. Omar's three-run homer on August 19th was part of a 4-for-5 day and drove in a season high six runs. Smelling blood, Hess went 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA. Otto finished August with a four-hit shutout to win his 20th game of the season.
September: Hess 222, Vizquel 168
Maybe he thought he had it all wrapped up but Hess suffered his worst month going 3-3 with a 4.41 ERA. It was his only ERA greater than 3.50 all year. He did finish the year off with 2-1 win where he surrendered five hits in 8 2/3 innings. Needing a monster month, Omar did his best but a .321 average, two homers and 17 RBI wasn't enough as Hess pulled off his second upset of the tournament.
Omar Vizquel: .318/.362/.393/.755, 32 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 92 R, 62 RBI, 37 SB, 5.6 WAR
Otto Hess: 23-17, 3.11 ERA, 336.0 IP, 116 ER, 97 BB, 188 K, 1.20 WHIP, 7.4 WAR
Next up: #11 OF Jimmy Piersall (1961) vs. #15 SP Otto Hess (1906)
#8 1B Hal Trosky (1934) vs. #1 SP Gaylord Perry (1972)
April: Trosky 30, Perry 21
Hal served early notice that Perry's “forkball” didn’t fool him as he smacked Gaylord around to the tune of a 1.187 OPS with a homer in the month. He collected hits in the first nine games. In spite of his troubles with Trosky, Gaylord went 3-1 with both of his no decisions going extra-innings.
May: Trosky 90, Perry 90
A frustrating May saw Gaylord drop five decisions (one win) but his ERA was 2.43. In only one of those losses did Gaylord give up more than three earned runs. Once again, Trosky battered Perry in the head-to-head but Hal's been battering all of the pitchers in the league. Hal strung together two nine game hitting streaks with the second one still going at the conclusion of the month.
June: Trosky 135, Perry 132
Hal put together another solid month with a .353 average and six bombs. Trosky drove in 21 to put him at 65 on the season (17 homers). Gaylord is staying close as he went 3-3 with a 2.78 ERA in June. He is still trying to solve the Trosky mystery as Hal is raking against Gaylord (.465 with five homers).
July: Trosky 186, Perry 186
Gaylord made seven starts in July and went 6-0 with a 1.94 ERA. His only no decision was a 15-inning affair where Perry was gassed after 11 2/3 innings of work. Perry was on his game on the 26th when he pitched a three-hit shutout, but on queue Trosky collected one of those hits and drew two walks. With Perry having a big month, Hal needed one too and he got it going .361 with seven long balls. Hal celebrated Independence Day with a 2-for-4 day with a homer. That ballgame would be the beginning of an 11-game hitting streak.
August: Perry 225, Trosky 213
Trosky hit .318 with a .947 OPS. Those are pretty good numbers, but for Hal it represented his worst numbers on the season over a month. He did hit in 14 consecutive games. Hal's numbers weren't strong and he let his hold on first place slip as Perry went 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA.
September: Perry 294, Trosky 273
Trailing Perry, Trosky needed a big month to have a chance to upset the number one seed. He got that by hitting .414 with six homers and 28 RBI. Hal finished strong with a 14-game hitting streak. With Hal throwing down the gauntlet, Perry needed his A-game and that’s what happened as he piled up a 4-1 record with a 1.85 ERA. Perry went nine innings or better in five of his seven September starts and twice pitched into free baseball area.
Hal Trosky: .368/.414/.645/1.059, 48 2B, 7 3B, 37 HR, 96 R, 139 RBI, 0 SB, 9.1 WAR
Gaylord Perry: 21-12, 2.32 ER, 349.1 IP, 90 ER, 62 BB, 237 K, 1.13 WHIP, 9.8 WAR
Next up: #4 OF Larry Doby (1952) vs. #1 SP Gaylord Perry (1972)
Here is an updated tournament bracket: