Tribe Madness: Progressive Field Region semi-final results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the Progressive Field Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.
#3 SS Ray Chapman (1917) vs. #2 SP Sam McDowell (1970)
April: McDowell 30, Chapman 3
Hitting leadoff Chapman scored 10 runs as he hit .250 with a .315 OBP. Chapman was rolling along but hit a wall and struggled through a 1-for-16 run to finish the month. Sam jumped out to a 4-0 start but gave up 8 runs in 4 innings for his first loss. Sudden Sam rebounded pitching 8.1 innings of 3-hit ball in a 6-0 win.
May: McDowell 75, Chapman 45
After a sub-par April, Ray Chapman was having an even more frustrating May and his season average dipped as low as .214 on the 16th but Ray then went on a 7-for-13 run before finishing the month on a season best 6-game hitting streak. The hot spurts salvaged the month and Chapman put up a .269 average in May. Sudden Sam for his part lost his first game of May 0-3 but then 8 innings of 3-hit ball put him back in the win column (7-0). McDowell then went four straight games giving up exactly 3 earned runs in each as he won (8-7), lost (4-6), won (6-3), and won (4-3). For his final start, McDowell went 8 innings but an unearned run in the ninth sent him home an 0-1 loser. His May record was 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA.
June: McDowell 138, Chapman 87
Ray Chapman opened June and extended his May ending hitting streak to an 11-game May-June hitting streak. After the streak ended, Chapman immediately embarked on an 8-gamer in which he hit .421. All this lead Ray to hit .292 with a .380 OBP in June. He also added his first homer of the year and drove in 11. Sudden Sam was amazing in his first June start holding the Chappies to only 4 hits and striking out 15 in an 8-0 shutout victory. Sam then dropped his next two starts but followed that up with 2 wins. His month ended in a 2-7 rout as Sam didn't make it out of the seventh inning.
July: McDowell 186, Chapman 117
Ray Chapman overcame an 0-for-15 run to hit .291 in July which is only one point shy of his season high. To accomplish that, Ray had an excellent 8-for-17 run with 4 doubles and a triple. Sudden Sam lost his first two July decisions, especially a 5.1 inning game where he gave up 6 runs. McDowell stopped his losing streak with a 5-hit shutout, but fell in the July finale 1-5.
August: McDowell 204, Chapman 168
Chapman finished August on fire as he went 14-for-23 in his final 5 games and he finished on a 10-game hitting streak. The hot finish sparked Ray's best month of the season. He hit .336 with 3 homers, 27 runs and 11 RBI. At one time Sudden Sam was 12-6 on the season but with a 2-4 August he has slipped to 15-14 on the season. In his two August wins, Sam gave up only one earned run in each but in his losses he gave up 16 in all 4 games.
September: McDowell 240, Chapman 198
Ray Chapman started off the month by completing a 15-game hitting streak but his .272 average was just not enough to upend the big lefty. Sudden Sam finished strong with a 3-2 September record. After nabbing win number 19, Sam needed a win in the season finale to join the 20-win club but he was hammered for 6 runs in 3.1 innings. His quest for 20 wins fell short but Sam did enough to eliminate one of the most well liked players of his era (Ray Chapman).
Ray Chapman: .287/.356/.418/.774, 40 2B, 13 3B, 6 HR, 109 R, 48 RBI, 45 SB, 6.6 WAR
Sam McDowell 19-16, 3.50 ERA, 290.1 IP, 113 ER, 115 BB, 378 K, 1.16 WHIP, 8.0 WAR
#5 2B Bobby Avila (1954) vs. #1 OF Joe Jackson (1912)
April: Jackson 39, Avila 24
Beto got off to a slow start as he was hitting only .200 after the first four games but Bobby went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a homer on the 13th. That game sparked Beto to roll to a .307 month with 4 homers and 16 RBI. Shoeless Joe hit 7 doubles and 6 triples to go along with a single homer as he hit .361 in April. Until an 0-for-5 in the month's final game, Joe was on a 10-for-19 run.
May: Jackson 114, Avila 66
Beto Avila used a 7-for-16 run with a homer, 2 doubles, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored to finish the month off. He also had runs of 9-for-14 and an 8-game hitting streak as Bobby hit .336 with 3 dingers and 8 two-baggers. Beto's strong finish was overshadowed by Shoeless Joe's 13-for-27 finish with 6 doubles and 2 triples. Jackson's finish raised his season average from .350 to .370 as he finished May strongly.
June: Jackson 165, Avila 102
Beto put together an 11-for-23 run in which he doubled 3 times and homered once to hit .343 in June. He added 2 homers and 16 RBI. Shoeless Joe finished June with a 3-for-5 day with a double and an RBI to move 63 points ahead of Beto Avila. Jackson wasn't hot in June but was very steady hitting 9 doubles, 3 triples and a homer with a .356 average.
July: Jackson 198, Avila 165
Beto Avila found the stroke that won him the 1954 AL batting title as he raked to the tune of a .365 average with 6 homers. He added a season best 13-game hitting streak then finished the month on an 8-game run. Shoeless Joe went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI to kick off July then finished the month on a 4-game 6-for-16 run. In spite of that Jackson had a season low .306 average as his season average dipped to .349.
August: Jackson 222, Avila 213
After falling behind Shoeless Joe, Beto Avila started to turn things on in June in an attempt to advance and he continued the trend in August. First, he turned July's month ending 8-game hitting streak into a 20-gamer. Then he went long ball happy belting a season high 7 homers. He finished the month with a .327 average and 24 RBI. Avila's hot August has seen him cut Jackson’s lead to only nine Madness points. He was able to do that because Jackson slumped in August hitting only .255 but he did hit 5 triples. Jackson's month was undone by a 2-for-25 run. Shoeless is hoping his 4-for-7 finish to August can carry over to the season's final month.
September: Jackson 261, Avila 255
Beto started out September with 10 hits in his first 30 at bats as he cut his deficit to just 231-228. Joe followed up by hitting .409 the next week with a double and a triple but it wasn't enough to prevent Beto from flipping the score. Avila moved ahead with a .476 week with 2 homers and 5 RBI (Avila 243, Jackson 240). The week after taking the lead, Beto eased up some going 7-for-28 with only 3 RBI, and in the meantime Shoeless Joe hit .333 and the final week started with a tie (Avila 255, Jackson 255). With the contest on the line, Beto limped across hitting .211 in the season's final week while Jackson went 7-for-23 with 2 triples to take a narrow victory.
Bobby Avila: .334/.394/.516/.911, 31 2B, 1 3B, 26 HR, 90 R, 108 RBI, 4 SB, 8.5 WAR
Joe Jackson: .334/.408/.536/.944, 52 2B, 26 3B, 5 HR, 95 R, 91 RBI, 22 SB, 8.7 WAR
Next Up: #2 SP Sam McDowell (1970) vs. #1 OF Joe Jackson (1912)
Here ar the updated west and east brackets: