Tribe Madness: Quicken Loans and First Energy Region finals
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the region finals as the final two teams in the Quicken Loans Region and First Energy Region square off. Two players will be eliminated, and the two winners will face off against one another in the Elite 8 round.
Quicken Loans Regional Championship
#8 SP Mike Garcia (1952) vs. #2 SP Addie Joss (1908)
April: Joss 60, Garcia 33
Addie “The Human Hairpin” Joss blanked the Big Bear Boys for 8.1 innings on opening day en-route to a 2-0 win over Mike “The Big Bear” Garcia. Joss went on to take game two 5-1, game three 9-2, and game four 3-1. With an 0-4 record and a 4.67 ERA, Mike Garcia finally struck gold with 6.2 scoreless innings in a 2-1 win but Joss came back for a 5-2 win to finish the month.
May: Joss 126, Garcia 81
After being dominated in April, the Big Bear turned the tables in May winning the first 3 decisions including a 4-hit shutout in his first May start. His real gem was a one-hit shutout and he needed every bit of his dominance as Joss countered with a 5-hitter but Garcia triumphed 1-0. In total Garcia won 4 games giving up only 2 runs. Addie Joss' only real stinker in May was a 6 run 6.1 inning performance in a 1-7 loss. In his other 4 losses, Joss gave up only 5 earned runs as he added 2 wins with equal success.
June: Joss 180, Garcia 108
Addie Joss blanked the Big Bear Boys in a 7-0 win in June start number one. Both pitchers went 6 in start number 2 but left in a 2-2 tie. Joss added his second June shutout, this time a 5-hitter as Garcia gave up 2 earned runs in a 4-0 Joss win. Garcia rebounded with a shutout of his own (3-hitter) but it was tied after 9 innings. Joss gave up a run in the 10th and the Big Bear triumphed 1-0. Garcia went 6 in a 6-3 win in the fifth June start but Joss took starts six (3-1) and seven (6-2).
July: Joss 240, Garcia 141
Addie Joss went 9.1 innings in a 6-3 win on Independence Day while Garcia went 6.1 innings and one earned run (no decision). The bats were alive in the second game as Joss gave up 5 runs while Garcia gave up 6 as Joss picked up an 11-10 win. Start number 3 was the exact opposite as neither pitcher gave up a run as Garcia went 9.1 innings and Joss went 11. Start number 4 saw both pitchers stuck in a 1-1 stalemate as the game went extras. Start number five was also another stalemate until Garcia left in the 8th but Joss needed to go 10 for the win. The final start saw Joss go the distance for a 4-1 win.
August: Joss 309, Garcia 183
Mike “The Big Bear” Garcia came up big in his first start in August shutting out the Josters for 4-0 win. Joss evened up the August records with a 6-2 win in start number 2. Garcia was in line for a victory in start number 3 but his bullpen erased a 2-1 lead then the Joster bullpen returned the favor and both pitchers got ND's. Joss then blanked the Big Bear Boys on 2 hits for a 3-0 win. In start number 5 it was Joss out-dueling the Big Bear 3-2 but the Big Bear then shutout the Josters on 4 hits for a 4-0 win. In the month's final start, Addie Joss joined the 20-win club with a 3-1 win.
September: Joss 345, Garcia 213
The Big Bear finished off his season with a 4-3 September with a 2.38 ERA. The month featured a 3-hit shutout and another 3-hitter (4-1 win) but his deficit was just too great. With the Quicken Loans Region championship in the bag, Joss coasted with his poorest month on the season. That is if you consider 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA poor. Joss did go out with an exclamation point as he shutout out the Big Bear Boys 4-0 to cap a sensational season.
Mike Garcia: 13-21, 2.59 ERA, 306.1 IP, 88 ER, 108 BB, 167 K, 1.20 WHIP, 7.1 WAR
Addie Joss: 23-12, 1.97 ERA, 328.1 IP, 72 ER, 20 BB, 160 K, 0.86 WHIP, 11.5 WAR
First Energy Regional Championship
#11 OF/IB Tito Francona (1959) vs. #1 3B Al Rosen (1953)
April: Francona 60, Rosen 39
Tito Francona went 2-for-2 with a double, 3 runs, and 2 walks on opening day while Al “Flip” Rosen suffered an 0-for-4 day. The big opening day was part of a hot start for Tito as he collected hits in his first 6 games as he was hitting .417 with 6 homers. Tito's hot start vaulted him to a .374 April with 10 bombs and 23 RBI. After the opening day 0-fer Rosen went on a 9-game hit streak as his average ballooned to .395 while adding 3 homers. Flip settled in and finished April with a .360 average with 5 homers.
May: Francona 123, Rosen 81
Tito Francona used a 9-game hitting streak to put an exclamation point on his May campaign. A campaign which featured a .364 average with 11 homers and 28 RBI. Flip Rosen started off May with the final 5 games of his 11-game hitting streak but then had an 0-for-10 run. Flip hit .282 with 8 homers and 20 RBI in May.
June: Francona 180, Rosen 117
Tito Francona used June to raise his season average to .382 by hitting .407 but saw his power numbers fall. His 5 homers were a season low as were his 1.021 OPS, 17 runs and .585 slugging. While Francona's power dipped, Flip Rosen added a season best 9 homers including 6 in a 5-game stretch (8-for-16). Rosen did hit .333 with 23 RBI.
July: Francona 264, Rosen 144
From July 12 until the 25th, Tito Francona was almost unstoppable as he put together a season high 13-game hitting streak in which he raised his average from .380 to .391. On the 19th in the midst of his streak he went 3-for-5 with 3 runs, 2 homers and 7 RBI. All of this added up to Tito's best month of the season. He hit .413 with 12 homers, 30 runs and 38 RBI. While Tito was raking, the 1953 AL MVP was limited to his lowest monthly numbers in average (.261), homers (6) and RBI (17).
August: Francona 348, Rosen 174
A 3-for-4 day on the 27th of August put Francona at the coveted .400 mark but he finished August on a 2-for-12 slump. The end of the month didn't overshadow another stellar month for the Aliquippa, PA native. Francona hit .414 with 11 homers and 33 RBI. With one month to go, the OF/1B is one homer shy of 50 and only 5 points shy of .400. In August, Flip Rosen made it back into the .300 club (.316) and he hit a season best 4 triples to go along with his 5 homers and 21 RBI.
September: Francona 372, Rosen 216
With the First Energy Region Championship in the bag, the only drama in September was if Tito could join Tris Speaker in the Madness .400 club. A 2-for-4 day on the 2nd of September drew the left-handed hitting 1B/OF to .397, but Francona just couldn't keep up the pace and slipped to .389 on the season. Rosen finished up hitting .312 in September with 6 homers and 23 RBI but he was simply out hit by Francona.
Tito Francona: .389/.445/.694/1.139, 31 2B, 1 3B, 59 HR, 144 R, 168 RBI, 0 SB, 13.4 WAR
Al Rosen: .307/.372/.546/.918, 16 2B, 5 3B, 39 HR, 105 R, 128 RBI, 7 SB, 7.2 WAR
Next Up: #2 SP Addie Joss (1908) vs. #11 1B/OF Tito Francona (1959)
Here is the updated west and east bracket:
I know this is a "fun" match up series, but those players really weren't in the same class.