Tribe Madness: Quicken Loans Region Round 2 results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the second round of the Quicken Loans Region where four players move on and four are eliminated.
#5 2B Joe Gordon (1947) vs. #4 SP Herb Score (1956)
April: Gordon 42, Score 27
Flash Gordon started 2-for-9 but then a 5-game hitting streak raised his average to .333. Flash then finished the month with a 9-game streak to finish the month at .367 with 3 homers and 17 RBI. After two no decisions, Herb Score entered the win column with an 8-2 win. He went 7 innings while giving up only 3 hits and 1 run. He didn't have to wait long for his next win as he struck out 8 hitters (for the 4th time in a row) in a 9-3 win. He split his final two starts to finish the month 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA.
May: Gordon 54, Score 48
The Flashers struck out 49 times against Score in May as Herb went 2-2 with a 3.35 ERA. On the 13th, Score went 9 1/3 innings of one run ball while striking out 14 of Joe's teammates. Gordon was one of those strikeout victims but his 9th inning homer sent the game into extra innings. The homer was one of five May bombs by the second sacker but for Gordon it was mostly famine as he hit .238. Of his 25 May hits, 12 were for extra bases.
June: Gordon 102, Score 60
Herb Score had an inconsistent June going 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA. Twice the big southpaw struck out 10 or more Flashers. The first was in a 7-8 loss where Score got a no decision and the second what in a 4-7 loss where Score gave up 5 runs including a gopher ball to Gordon. Flash got his hitting stroke back slugging 9 homers with a .294 average. Gordon finished the month on a 9-for-14 roll with 3 homers.
July: Gordon 132, Score 78
Score went 2-2 in July with a 2.32 ERA and struck out a season best 52 hitters. His best win was a 3-2 win with 11 strikeouts. In that game, Herb went the distance and gave up only 1 unearned run. Flash hit 7 homers in his .264 July and his month finished in a six game slump (3-for-25).
August: Gordon 177, Score 93
In August, Joe Gordon flashed the skills that got him into this tournament. He stroked his 32nd homer and drove in his 93rd run as his season average climbed to .291. He did it with a .311 August average, 8 homers and a season high 24 RBI. While Flash was raking, Score was scuffling. He went 0-4 with a 6.13 ERA in August and fell below .500 for the first time this season.
September: Gordon 225, Score 126
Score limited the Flashers to only 3.33 earned runs a game in September but it didn't result in an upturn in record as Herb went 2-3 to close out the season. Score’s problem throughout the year was when he let runners get to third base the Flashers hit .455 in such situations. Flash loved hitting off of lefties as he hit 24 of his 41 homers against them despite having 99 less at bats.
Joe Gordon: .298/.365/.562/.928, 24 2B, 8 3B, 41 HR, 105 R, 118 RBI, 2 SB, 7.5 WAR
Herb Score: 11-14, 3.44 ERA, 264.1 IP, 110 ER, 175 BB, 286 K, 1.50 WHIP, 4.2 WAR
#6 SP CC Sabathia (2007) vs. #14 OF Coco Crisp (2005)
April: Sabathia 39, Crisp 9
The 2007 Cy Young winner was brilliant in his first two starts giving up only 1 run. He was 1-0 with an 0.57 ERA but then was shelled in two starts and his ERA ballooned to 3.62. CC split his final two starts for a 2-3 month with a 3.29 ERA. CC's one-time teammate Coco Crisp came out of the gate hitting in the season's first 15 games but slumped to a 3-for-21 finish for the month. Crisp finished the month with a .275 average with 9 doubles.
May: Sabathia 81, Crisp 24
CC Sabathia gave up one run in a 6-1 win in his first May start then went on a no decision run. Out of his next 6 starts, he amassed 4 no decisions. For the month, CC went 2-1 with a 2.72 ERA in May. Coco finished hot going 6-for-13 to finish May with a .282 average with 22 runs scored but struck out 25 times.
June: Sabathia 126, Crisp 33
Coco hit a season high 4 homers along with a .289 average. With Coco hitting in the leadoff spot, his .309 OBP needs improvement if he is going to get back into this contest. A 1-2 loss and a 2-6 loss were the bread in CC's June sandwich. The meat was an impressive 4-game win streak in which the lefty gave up a total of 6 earned runs. For the month he limited the Crispies to a .209 average and only 6 free passes.
July: Sabathia 195, Crisp 75
CC gave up 3 runs in his first 24 2/3 July innings as he started the month 3-0. He lost his next two decisions but only once gave up more than 3 earned runs in the four game slump (2 no decisions). CC then struck out 10 Crispies in 8 innings in a 7-2 win to close out the month. Coco put together his best month of the season by hitting .304 with 4 homers. He had season highs in runs (24), RBI (12), walks (9) and OBP (.355). Crisp finished the month on an 8-game hitting streak (17-for-38).
August: Sabathia 258, Crisp 99
Coco put his best month together hitting .321 with 15 RBI, both of which are season highs. If it wasn't for a 2-for-16 streak, the month would have been even better. While his August record was a disappointing 1-3, CC Sabathia had a season best 2.24 ERA to move to the threshold of advancing. In all three of his losses, Sabathia gave up 2 or fewer earned runs.
September: Sabathia 306, Crisp 117
With the writing on the wall, Coco Crisp mailed it in with a .204 average in September. Leadoff hitters must get on-base and score runs. Crisp did improve his OBP as the season went but still didn't get the job done. Despite posting his best numbers in the final third of ball games (.228 average), CC's lack of complete games (5) may indicate trouble ahead but he didn't need a high complete game total to do away with Coco.
Coco Crisp: .280/.322/.433/.755, 47 2B, 7 3B, 14 HR, 116 R, 60 RBI, 33 SB, 3.9 WAR
CC Sabathia: 16-14, 2.88 ERA, 303.1 IP, 97 ER, 48 BB, 280 K, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 WAR
#10 SS Jhonny Peralta (2005) vs. #2 SP Addie Joss (1908)
April: Joss 54, Peralta 30
A three run seventh inning doomed Joss' opening day start as he fell 5-4. The Human Hairpin shook off the opening day frustration to win his next three starts then split the final two. For the opening month, Addie went 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA. Jhonny Peralta homered in his final game of the month off of Addie Joss. It was his fifth homer of the month and Jhonny hit .278 in April. Jhonny hit in 8-straight games including a 4-for-4 day on the 18th.
May: Joss 135, Peralta 84
Peralta homered 7 times in May and drove in 20 runs while hitting .269. Somewhat concerning is Peralta's 60 strikeouts through the first two months of the year. A perfect (record wise) May saw the Human Hairpin stretch his win streak to 8 games. His May 2nd start was like a maestro at work. Joss gave up a single to the Peralta Panther leadoff hitter then gave up only one hit the rest of the game as Addie took the 4-0 win.
June: Joss 204, Peralta 120
Joss kept his winning ways and a 5-3 decision on the 21st of June as the win streak reached 12 straight. The Hairpin's streak came to an end when Joss gave up 3 earned runs in a 3-4 loss. Joss redeemed himself with a 10-4 win to go 16-3 on the season with a 1.74 ERA. A June-swoon slipped Peralta's average to .238 and took away his power as he hit only 3 homers.
July: Joss 252, Peralta 150
Jhonny did find his power stroke again hitting 6 long balls but he didn't find his hitting stroke as he hit .227. Mostly Jhonny had problems making contact as he struck out 36 times in July (139 for the season). Joss pitched himself to a 20-4 record through July with a 4-1 mark. His 2.06 ERA in July is the highest of his season. Joss tossed a 10 inning 4-hit shutout on the 26th of July.
August: Joss 360, Peralta 192
The Human Hairpin started out August whirling his way to a 4-0 record then he lost offensive support. Joss only gave up 6 earned runs over the next 27 1/3 innings but lost all three games (2-3, 0-1 and 2-4). Jhonny responded to two below average months to put together his best of the season. Peralta hit .311 with 6 homers, 23 RBI and 20 runs scored. He still has a problem with the whiffs but his 25 strikeouts in August were his lowest amount.
September: Joss 441, Peralta 222
Joss closed out his dominating victory with a 4-1 September including a 9-hit shutout on the 20th. Johnny struck out 168 times on the season. Jhonny came on in the 7-9 innings where he hit .309 with 9 homers. Only in the middle third did Jhonny hit more homers (11) and that was in 44 less at bats.
Jhonny Peralta: .269/.337/.466/.803, 25 2B, 6 3B, 28 HR, 88 R, 100 RBI, 0 SB, 7.6 WAR
Addie Joss: 28-9, 1.76 ERA, 364.0 IP, 71 ER, 26 BB, 215 K, 0.90 WHIP, 14.7 WAR
Next up: #6 SP CC Sabathia (2007) vs. #2 SP Addie Joss (1908)
#8 SP Mike Garcia (1952) vs. #1 SP Stan Coveleski (1918)
April: Garcia 21, Coveleski 18
Pitted against each other, the Big Bear and Covey went toe-to-toe in April. Covey struck first with a 4-2 win while Garcia was issued a no-decision. The Bear struck back taking the next two games 7-3 and 8-2. Covey evened the contest up with an 8-4 win but the Big Bear claimed the month with a 5-hit shutout.
May: Garcia 81, Coveleski 45
The battle continued into May with the Big Bear dropping a 5-6 decision but Covey got the no-decision. Covey picked up a 4-2 win with Garcia also getting a no-decision. Covey then wove his magic tossing a 3-hit shutout but the Big Bear came back with a 3-2 win. The two then went into a stalemate for the final two games of the month.
June: Garcia 129, Coveleski 66
The Big Bear out-dueled Coveleski in June as he went 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA. Garcia started out the month going 29 2/3 innings and gave up only 2 earned runs. Covey didn't enjoy June as he went only 1-5 with a 5.63 ERA. The Big Bear's teammates raked off of Covey to the tune of a .311 average.
July: Garcia 156 Coveleski 126
There is no truth to the rumor that July will be renamed Covey domination month but if it was it would be aptly named. Covey went 7-0 in July with a 1.11 ERA as he vaulted back into the competition. Casey Stengal, manager of both teams, re-arranged the pitching staff and Garcia and Coveleski were not going against each other. Before the shuffle, Covey went on a four game winning streak and the Bear was the target of Covey's domination. The Big Bear did take a 2-1 win to finish out the month and he finished the month 1-4 with a 4.82 ERA as his lead slipped away.
August: Garcia 207, Coveleski 162
Both the Big Bear and Covey posted identical 4-3 records. Garcia did it by winning his first two in August then went loss-win-loss-win-loss. The final loss was a 0-4 defeat where he gave up only one earned run. Covey on the other hand had a 4.00 ERA and slipped further behind the Big Bear. After losing his first three August starts he looked to be in line to be the first #1 seed to go down in defeat, but that's when Covey went on a 4-game run to crack open the door of opportunity.
September: Garcia 222, Coveleski 198
Covey's season slipped in a 2-4 September with a 4.02 ERA and Garcia put him away with a 4-2 September and a 2.81 ERA. On the season, Covey lost a little in the final third of ball games allowing the Bear's teammates to hit .270 in the 7th through 9th innings. Covey only gave up 13 gopher balls but 5 were in the final third which was tied for the highest number surrendered despite facing over a hundred less batters in those innings.
Mike Garcia: 18-14, 3.03 ERA, 326.1 IP, 110 ER, 122 BB, 213 K, 1.33 WHIP, 7.6 WAR
Stan Coveleski: 19-16, 3.42 ERA, 318.0 IP, 121 ER, 111 BB, 122 K, 1.37 WHIP, 6.6 WAR
Next up: #5 2B Joe Gordon (1947) vs. #8 SP Mike Garcia (1952)
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