Tribe Madness: Progressive Field & Jacobs Field Region finals
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the region finals as the final two teams in the Progressive Field Region and Jacobs Field Region square off. Two players will be eliminated, and the two winners will face off against one another in the Elite 8 round.
Progressive Field Region Championship
#2 SP Sam McDowell (1970) vs. #1 OF Joe Jackson (1912)
April: Jackson 54, McDowell 36
Sudden Sam went 6.2 innings with one run on opening day to stymie the Shoeless Ones, 19-2. Despite the loss Shoeless Joe Jackson went 4-for-5 with 3 doubles. In six April starts, Sam went 4-0 with a 2.74 ERA and finished April with a 3-2 win by recording 13 strikeouts. Jackson added a 3-for-5 day to his opening day stats and was hitting .700 after two games. Shoeless then held his own by hitting .364 on the morning of April 20th. That was when he started a 9-game hitting streak that swelled his average to a .455 with 8 doubles, 3 triples, 15 runs and 13 RBI.
May: Jackson 126, McDowell 75
In his first May start Sudden Sam gave up 5 runs in six innings as he fell for the first time, 1-8. That was his lowest point in May as he held the Shoeless Ones to 3 runs or less in every other May start and finished the month 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Shoeless Joe kept his foot on the gas by raking in May. A 14-game hitting streak propelled Joe to a .425 May average with 21 runs, 17 doubles, and 4 triples to build on his lead.
June: Jackson 183, McDowell 126
Shoeless Joe Jackson started off June with a lofty .437 average. He got off to a torrid June and raised his average as high as .453 on the 9th. While he kept hitting a hot pace, his average did drop to .425 on the 22nd. Jackson finished June on a 6-game hitting streak starting on the 23rd but his average dropped to .422. At the half way mark, Shoeless Joe is on pace to be the 2nd player to top the .400 mark. In his first two starts, Sudden Sam McDowell gave up only 5 runs in 15.2 innings but failed to get a decision. He then only gave up one run in seven innings but lost 0-2. Sam got back on the winning track with a 5-4 win then dropped a 3-4 decision. McDowell then finished June strong with back-to-back wins (3 runs in 14 IP).
July: Jackson 243, McDowell 189
Needing a big month, Sudden Sam went 4-1 in July with a 2.79 ERA. In four of his seven outings, Sam struck out 10 batters or more. His final start in July may have been his worst (4 runs in 6.1 innings) but thanks to an offensive explosion he won his 15th game of the season (with 5 losses). Shoeless Joe's pursuit of .400 glory continued in July as he hit .404 and sits at .417 on the season. Starting the month at .419, a 5-for-10 start put him at .422 but he fell as low as .408 but hit in 14 of his final 16 games. Joe hit his season's first homer on the 29th to go along with his 36 doubles and 13 triples.
August: Jackson 294, McDowell 216
After 9 August games, Shoeless Joe Jackson's average was still above .410 but a 1-for-5 game dropped him to .408. Joe got it going again with a 3-for-5 day and his average was back up to .410. Another 1-for-5 game put him back to .408 but a 6-game hitting streak helped him to be at .409 heading into the final month of the season. In none of his seven August starts did Sudden Sam give up more than 3 runs (2,2,2,1,3,2, and 2) but he only won 3 times and had 1 loss. His 2.36 ERA was his season best and he notched 52 strikeouts.
September: Jackson 381, McDowell 264
Sudden Sam gave up 2 runs in 6.2 innings in his final start and the McD's bombed the Shoeless Ones pitching staff for a 20-2 win and Sam joined the 20 win club. After 3 straight no decisions and a loss, it appeared that Sam may not have achieved his goal but he did in the season finale. Jackson’s average slowly declined over the course of the month, and was as low as .402 on the 21st only to recover by going 17-for-30 his final few games and set a Madness record for batting average and claimed the Progressive Field Region championship. Part of the amazing thing is the left-handed hitting Jackson achieved such success against a southpaw pitcher. While McDowell did limit Joe to only a .331 average, Joe did pelt the other lefty starter to a .408 average. Against one of the McD pitchers Jackson hit .524 (43 for 82) and he also hit .482 against the other right-handed starter.
Sam McDowell: 20-7, 2.74 ERA, 296 IP, 90 ER, 123 BB, 352 K, 1.24 WHIP, 8.6 WAR
Joe Jackson: .411/.489/.586/1.075, 55 2B, 22 3B, 2 HR, 121 R, 64 RBI, 34 SB, 12.7 WAR
Jacobs Field Region Championship
#2 SP George Uhle (1926) vs. #1 SS Lou Boudreau (1948)
April: Boudreau 48, Uhle 27
George “The Bull” Uhle held the Boudries to only one earned run in 8.1 innings but lost 2-3 in his first start of the season. Uhle lost again 4-6 in start number three before winning start number four, 10-8. A no decision in start five ended his month with a 4.05 ERA. Lou got off to a slow start hitting only .235 after 10 games but a 10-game hitting streak raised his average to .375. Old Shufflefoot finished April on an 0-for-6 run to hit .346 in April with 4 homers and 12 RBI.
May: Boudreau 84, Uhle 51
Old Shufflefoot Boudreau enjoyed a 7-game hitting streak at the beginning of May then went 6-for-12 to finish off May. His May featured 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, and 14 RBI. Uhle the Bull started the month by getting hammered to the tune of 6 runs in 4 innings and finished the month with another stinker in a 1-5 loss. Between the two losses the Bull pitched well but went 2-2 so his May stats finished at 2-4 with 4.13 ERA.
June: Boudreau 153, Uhle 87
After dropping his first June start 4-9 (7 runs in 5.2 innings), Uhle the Bull was at 3-7 but by winning 5 of his next 6 starts, George battled his way back to .500 (8-8). In his 5-2 June, the Bull pitched 53 innings while posting a 2.83 ERA. Lou Boudreau used a 12-game hitting streak to put up his best numbers of the season in average (.384), walks (20), and OPS (1.057). He also hit 4 bombs and 2 triples, both totals matched season bests.
July: Boudreau 225, Uhle 114
Old Shufflefoot Boudreau put together a 13-game hitting streak to post season highs in doubles (7), homers (6), RBI (22), and walks (23). He also added a .330 average and a 1.026 OPS. George Uhle dropped his first start 1-11 but came back and tossed a gem (3-hit shutout) to even his record at 9-9. Then the Bull's month took a downward trend. He was hammered for 8 runs in 3.2 innings in a 7-12 loss. He came back and went 10 innings but the offense abandoned him as he lost 2-1. The bad start, good start trend continued as the Bull then gave up six in a 5-7 loss and he followed that up with a 0-2 loss to finish the month with a 2.96 ERA.
August: Boudreau 318, Uhle 144
George “The Bull” Uhle had an up and down month. In three starts, the Bull gave up six or more runs but in the other four starts he gave up only 7 runs. That all added up to a 3-3 mark with a 5.61 ERA. A 14-for-21 run in mid- August was enough for Lou Boudreau to put this competition out of reach and the champagne on ice. His .411 average, 7 homers, 24 RBI and a 1.186 OPS were all season highs.
September: Boudreau 402, Uhle 165
Lou “Old Shufflefoot” Boudreau had the championship sewed up going into the final month but that didn't mean he was going to coast to the finish. Lou used a torrid 18-for-28 to finish September with a season best .412 average and 1.200 OPS. September started out right for the Bull when he held the Boudries to 4 hits in a 6-0 shutout win. That was his best but the Bull would finish up with 3 no decisions and 2 losses.
George Uhle: 13-18, 4.05 ERA, 273.1 IP, 123 R, 127 BB, 146 K, 1.47 WHIP, 5.5 WAR
Lou Boudreau: .362/.471/.590/1.061, 35 2B, 9 3B, 28 HR, 129 R, 110 RBI, 0 SB, 13.4 WAR
Next Up: #1 OF Joe Jackson (1912) vs. #1 SS Lou Boudreau (1948)
Here is the updated west and east bracket: