Tribe Madness: Stadium Region Round 2 results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the second round of the Stadium Region where four players move on and four are eliminated.
#5 SP Charles Nagy (1996) vs. #4 SP Mel Harder(1934)
April: Harder 21, Nagy 15
Charlie Nagy went 7.2 innings on opening day for a 3-1 win over Chief Harder. After that highlight, Nagy dropped his next three decisions and his ERA ballooned to 6.16 before a no-decision helped to drop his ERA to 5.89. For Chief, it was his three-game winning streak that helped him finish April with a 3-2 record and a 3.86 ERA.
May: Harder 54, Nagy 21
Nagy's 2-3 record for the month does not reflect how bad he was in May and if it wasn't for a three-hitter on the 10thhis month would have been futile. As it was, he posted 6.19 ERA and he sits at 6.04 on the season. On the other hand, Chief went 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA to stretch his lead to 33 Madness Points.
June: Harder 93, Nagy 51
Chief Harder was only 2-3 in June with a 4.33 ERA but held onto his lead over Nagy. His three-game losing streak saw his ERA grow from 2.75 to 3.46 on the season. Charles had his best month despite a 1-3 record as his ERA dropped from 6.04 to 5.15. If this is the start of something for Charles, he might make this an interesting race.
July: Harder 162, Nagy 96
Originally, both Nagy and Harder were matched against each other but Nagy was demoted after his slow start. As fate would have it, Charlie and Chief were again pitted against each other this month and Chief won this battle going 5-2 with a 2.05 ERA. On the 10th and 23rd, Harder threw identical five-hit shutouts. Nagy put up his best numbers yet, but still lost the month (3-5, 3.65 ERA).
August: Harder 183, Nagy 75
Nagy's 2-3 August record removed the drama in this contest as Charles fell to 9-17. For his part, Chief went 3-3 to sit at 17-11 on the season.
September: Harder 183, Nagy 132
Charlie waited till September to find his A-game going 6-1 with a 2.22 ERA. The season's final month was highlighted by a four-hit shutout on the 17th. While the Chieftans only hit .247 off of Nagy it was the 35 gopher balls which sunk Sir Charles. Harder did a much better job of keeping the ball in the park (7 homers allowed).
Charles Nagy: 15-18, 4.17 ERA, 274 IP, 127 ER, 94 BB, 241 K, 1.30 WHIP, 4.4 WAR
Mel Harder: 19-15, 2.98 ERA, 304.2 IP, 101 ER, 98 BB, 190 K, 1.23 WHIP, 7.6 WAR
#6 Toby Harrah (1982) vs. #14 1B Charlie Hickman (1902)
April: Hickman 42, Harrah 13
Piano Legs Hickman raked to a .430 average with 1 homer and 19 RBI to sprint to a lead over Toby Harrah. Hickman hit in 17 of 21 games as he put up a 1.024 OPS. Toby countered with a .326 average. His month started slowly but a nine-game hitting streak boosted his average from .207 to .338.
May: Hickman 90, Harrah 42
Toby added a bit more power in May swatting four long balls and finished the month on a 6-for-16 run. Hickman's .378 May average still leaves him above the .400 mark (.402) and in May he added some power (3 bombs). Piano Legs enjoyed a 13-game hitting streak in May as he built on his lead.
June: Hickman 121, Harrah 69
Harrah showed off his power hitting 7 bombs and scoring 27 runs as he made his biggest step forward in the competition with Piano Legs Hickman. Hickman kept his lead with a .336 June average.
July: Hickman 204, Harrah 81
For the second month in the season, Toby hit over .300 but his power numbers fell a bit (3 homers) and he had 19 multi-hit games. While Toby was hitting his singles, Piano Legs was raking. He hit .468 to put his average over the .400 mark. He also did it with power (5 homers and 12 doubles). Hickman hit in all 27 games and has stretched his streak to a Madness record 35 games.
August: Hickman 264, Harrah 96
On August 1st, Piano Legs went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 36 games. A day later, Hickman made it 37 with another 2-for-5 day. Finally, on August 3rd, Hickman grounded to third to lead off the eighth inning in a 3-0 win and his streak was over at 37 games (a tournament record). Harrah swatted four homers and drove in a season best 20 runs as he hit .327 to raise his season average to .293. Harrah tried to match Hickman's long hitting streak but fizzled out after 18 games.
September: Hickman 330, Harrah 123
There wasn't much drama in the final month but Toby finished hot hitting .303 with 5 homers. On the season Harrah only hit .263 with runners in scoring position but did hit 16 of his 26 homers with runners on base. Piano Legs started September just 12 points shy of the .400 mark. He got as high as .393 but then finished at .388.
Toby Harrah: .295/.356/.479/.835, 31 2B, 4 3B, 26 HR, 99 R, 106 RBI, 17 SB, 4.1 WAR
Charlie Hickman: .388/.419/.569/.988, 45 2B, 13 3B, 18 HR, 126 R, 132 RBI, 22 SB, 11.0 WAR
#7 OF Joe Carter (1986) vs. #2 SP Luis Tiant (1968)
April: Tiant 87, Carter 15
El Tiante sprinted out in April posting a 3-1 record and a 2.96 ERA as Carter and his mates hit a paltry .209 against the Cuban right-hander. Tiant's final start of April was a true gem striking out 12 in a 2-hit shutout. Carter for his part hit .302 with 2 homers and 15 RBI. After starting the season with an .048 average, Joe put together a 9-game hitting streak to rise to .329 territory.
May: Tiant 165, Carter 57
Carter smacked 5 homers and drove in 24 runs and slugged his way to a .893 OPS in May. He did it with a 10-game hitting streak. With the big month, Carter hoped he could gain some ground on El Tiante but Luis struck out 78 of the JC Boys and posted a 2.68 ERA. The Coupe-de-gras was a 4-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts on the 26th.
June: Tiant 216, Carter 87
A 4-2 June record combined with a 3.19 ERA and 62 strikeouts extended El Tiante's lead. Luis finished the month on a 4-game winning streak. While Carter improved his average to .314 and matched his May home run total, Joe had lower RBI output and a lower OPS (.852). In a 12 inning affair on June 19th, Carter collected 6 hits with 2 homers and drove in 5.
July: Tiant 297, Carter 165
Trailing big to the big Cuban pitcher, Joe Carter needed a big month to stay alive in the competition. He didn't just put together a big month. He had a monster month belting 10 homers, driving in 28 and hitting .386. Unfortunately for Carter, El Tiante had a big month for himself holding the JC Boys below the Mendoza-Line and going 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA. Luis put an exclamation mark on the month throwing a 2-hit shutout his final start of the month.
August: Tiant 381, Carter 180
A 1.91 ERA and 69 strikeouts basically put this contest to bed for El Tiante. In four of El Tiante's seven starts, Luis struck out 10 or more JC Boys. Carter's numbers dipped a little in August with only 4 homers and a .288 average.
September: Tiant 426, Carter 213
Carter finished strong hitting 9 homers and a season high 36 RBI but his fate was sealed before the month began. Joe had a nice string of three hit games between the 8th and the 10 (3 games). El Tiant for his part went 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA to finish the season. On the season, Luis held the JC Boys to a .198 average including a season best .181 in September.
Joe Carter: .326/.348/.570/.918, 35 2B, 9 3B, 35 HR, 115 R, 139 RBI, 35 SB, 7.1 WAR
Luis Tiant: 21-13, 2.54 ERA, 333 IP, 94 ER, 91 BB, 390 K, 1.01 WHIP, 14.2 WAR
Next up: #14 OF Charlie Hickman (1902) vs. #2 SP Luis Tiant (1968)
#8 1B Ed Morgan (1930) vs. #11 SS Terry Turner (1906)
April: Turner 24, Morgan 13
Ed Morgan started out hitting in the first six games of the season and was raking at a .381 clip before a 3-for-21 slump dropped him to .262. Morgan did rally to finish April at a .276 average with 2 homers and only 8 RBI. Cotton Top Turner on the other hand started out slow collecting only 2 hits in his first 20 at bats. Then a 4-for-5 day with 2 doubles sparked Cotton Top's game and he finished April with a .265 average with 5 stolen bases.
May: Turner 54, Morgan 45
Cotton Top had a rough May hitting only .227 and scored only 9 runs from the lead off position. The toughest stretch for Turner was from the 13th through the 22nd where he went 2-for-33 and his season average dived to .233. Morgan on the other hand used a four home run month to draw within nine Madness Points of Turner. Ed started the month with an 8-game hitting streak then later added a 7-game streak.
June: Turner 108, Morgan 58
Turner played just as well in June as he played poorly in May. Cotton Top put together a .350 June average and scored 19 runs to raise his average to .282. Morgan slipped to a .728 OPS which was his lowest output of the season and it would have been worse except for a month ending 6-game hitting streak.
July: Turner 129, Morgan 84
Ed Morgan put together his best month of the season banging 5 balls into the bleachers at League Park and driving in 29 runners. With the hot month, Ed raised his average to .315 and 13 homers. Cotton Top hit in 11 straight games to finish the month but in 10 of those games he collected only one hit. During his hitting streak, Turner's average dropped from .278 to .274.
August: Turner 150, Morgan 99
Turner had a month that he'd like to forget hitting only .236 and a lowly .589 OPS. The depth of Cotton Top's struggles was a 4-for-57 run from August 10th to the 22nd. Lucky for Cotton Top, Morgan struggled more. His season average dipped below .300 for the first time all season as he hit only .224 for the month.
September: Turner 174, Morgan 117
Ed Morgan matched a season high 7 homers in September but still fell short of his goal of upsetting a number 1 seed. Cotton Top finished the season on a 5-for-14 run to finish the month with a .286 average.
Ed Morgan: .295/.353/.512/.865, 42 2B, 5 3B, 27 HR, 106 R, 103 RBI, 3 SB, 3.9 WAR
Terry Turner: .269/.309/.347/.656, 34 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 92 R, 65 RBI, 36 SB, 5.8 WAR
Next up: #4 SP Mel Harder (1934) vs. #1 SS Terry Turner (1906)
Here is the updated east and west bracket: