Tribe Madness: Super Regional I & II results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves to the Super Regional which pits the region winners from the Municipal Stadium Region and Stadium Region as well as the League Park Region and Dunn Field Region against one another. Two players will be eliminated, and the two winners will face off against one another in the Final Four round.
For an overview of how the tournament works, go here.
Super Regional: Lake Front
Municipal Stadium Region Champion #1 SP Gaylord Perry (1972)
Stadium Region Champion #2 SP Luis Tiant (1968)
Two of the top right-handed pitchers from the Indians lean seasons (1960–1993) are up against each other. The number one overall seed and 1972 Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry against hard throwing right-hander Luis “El Tiante” Tiant. Perry came to Cleveland in a trade for Sam McDowell and wasted little time making his mark in 1972 and he added another 20-win season the next year. Tiant has run through his opponents with ease stomping his region's number one seed as well as Charlie “Piano Legs” Hickman, Joe Carter and Sandy Alomar.
April: Tiant 48, Perry 39
Opening day in the finals of this Super Regional was a day that the two-time Cy Young winner would like to forget. He gave up six runs in 2.2 innings while his rival El Tiante went the distance for a 10-2 win. El Tiante followed it up by going 9 while Perry was again hammered for 7 runs in 6.2 innings. In his third start Perry was again hammered in a 6-8 loss. Perry then found the win column in start number four with a 2-1 win. A 1-3 loss left Perry at 1-5 with a 4.71 ERA while Tiant sat atop the scoreboard with a 5-1 record and 1.56 ERA.
May: Tiant 117, Perry 72
Gaylord Perry gave up 8 first inning runs in his first start in May then in his third he gave up 6 runs in 7.2 innings. Between those two stinkers he gave up one run in a 9-1 win. He did finish May with an improved 2-3 record with a 4.05 ERA but he risks falling too far behind El Tiante. Twice Luis Tiant had to take the mound in the 10th inning to record victories in May as he went 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA with 76 strikeouts.
June: Tiant 174, Perry 126
Gaylord Perry's surge started with his final May start then got into full swing in June as he won a 5-3 decision in his first June start then threw a 2-hitter in a 2-1 win. He followed that up with wins of 6-1 and 4-1 to put his win streak at 5 games. He then dropped two before a 3-hitter to finish June with a 5-1 record and 1.82 ERA. While he only won 2 games in June, Tiant did throw a 3-hit shutout as he put up a 3.10 ERA.
July: Tiant 249, Perry 186
It was a tale of two halves in July. In the first four starts Gaylord Perry went 3-0 while El Tiante went 0-3. In the final three starts El Tiant didn't give up an earned run including back-to-back 5-hit shutouts and went 3-0. Tiant posted a 1.40 ERA while Perry had a 2.56 ERA.
August: Tiant 315, Perry 204
Singles in the fourth and sixth inning were the only things between a no-hitter and a 2-hit shutout for Gaylord Perry on the 17th. It was one of two wins for Perry in August as he went 2-5 with a 3.91 ERA as the #1 overall seed looks to be in danger of being eliminated in the round of 8. That's because El Tiante is putting together another impressive season. Tiante has dominated every opponent in his way thus far and in August he went all 9 five times as he joined the 20-win club on his final August start as he held the Lords to only 1 run. Tiant is simply out-pitching the Hall of Famer.
September: Tiant 384, Perry 264
Gaylord closed out his season with his best month of the season but could only go 4-3 as he posted a 1.66 ERA. Fittingly for a contest like this Perry's 3 losses were 2-3, 0-1, and 0-2. In his final start, El Tiante served notice to his Final Four opponents. A second inning single was the only thing between El Tiante and perfection as he faced the minimum as the runner was then cut down trying to steal. Tiant struck out 11 and walked none.
Gaylord Perry: 17-21, 3.00 ERA, 321.1 IP, 107 ER, 216 K, 77 BB, 1.14 WHIP, 8.8 WAR
Luis Tiant: 23-16, 2.31 ERA, 346.2 IP, 89 ER, 412 K, 92 BB, 1.01 WHIP, 12.8 WAR
Super Regional: Lexington and E. 66th
League Park Region Champion #3 3B Jim Thome (1996)
Dunn Field Region Champion #1 SP Bob Feller (1946)
As the final position player on this side of the bracket, Jim Thome had to knock out a player considered the best player of his era (Nap Lajoie) and slugging DH Travis “Pronk” Hafner. Most of us remember Jim as a 1B/DH but the Peoria native was a college shortstop. While Thome didn't get a full time spot out of spring training, he burst on the scene with obscene numbers at rookie ball Burlington the next year and jumped all the way to high A before season's end. He faces the player voted the best right-handed starter in the first half of the 20th century. Feller needed a big final game to put down a tough southpaw in Willie Mitchell, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee, and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.
April: Feller 24, Thome 9
Seven innings of shutout ball put Bob Feller to the top of the competition in a 3-0 win while Thome was only able to produce one single in four at bats. Feller didn't fare well in his next two starts as he fell 2-4 and 1-10. The Heater from Van Meter then hurled his way to a 2-1 win but then lost a 1-2 decision. Jim Thome was so out of sync to start the season that as late as the 27th, he was hitting below the Mendoza Line. He followed that up with a 7-for-13 finish in April with a .261 average and 2 homers.
May: Feller 84, Thome 12
Thome's sluggish April turned into a dismal May when he started out 0-for-23 and his average dipped below .200. Even after stopping the drought he still only managed 5 hits in his next 11 games. For the month, he hit only .138 with 1 homer. In only two of his May starts did Rapid Robert Feller give up more than 1 run (3 in 6 innings and 4 in 8.2 innings). He finished off the month with a 5-hit shutout to improve to 6-5 on the season.
June: Feller 135, Thome 45
Thome started June 6-for-13 with 2 homers and his season average was over the Mendoza Line. He added a 5-for-7 run with another 2 bombs and he consistently raised his average. In June he amassed 8 homers with a .333 average and 18 RBI. In each of his first five June starts and his seventh start, Bob Feller gave up exactly 2 earned runs. He went 4-1 in those starts but it was his other start, a 6-hit shutout, that paved the way to a 5-1 record and 1.82 ERA.
July: Feller 186, Thome 102
If June was a Thome-Revival then July was a Thome-Surge as July was highlighted by a 9-game hitting streak and a 7-gamer. The surge resulted in a .340 average with 9 homers and 27 RBI. Rapid Robert was unlucky on Independence Day as he lost a 1-2 decision then went on a 6-game winning streak. On July 22nd, the Heater from Van Meter surrendered 2 hits and struck out 8 in a shutout victory. The win streak puts Feller at 17-7 with a 2.00 ERA.
August: Feller 204, Thome 135
From August 6th through the 18th, Jim Thome put together an 11-game hitting streak in which he had 8 multi-hit games including a 2 homer game on the 7th. That streak was enough to propel Thome to a .284 average with 7 homers and 20 RBI. Feller won his first two in August but lost his next three decisions including a 0-1 and an 0-4 game.
September: Feller 243, Thome 192
Thome really salvaged a nice season after getting out to an abysmal start. That start certainly sunk the Indians all-time home run leader. After the poor start, Thome outscored Feller 180 to 159. Feller coasted in August going 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA.
Jim Thome: .289/.411/.508/.919, 25 2B, 3 3B, 30 HR, 84 R, 98 RBI, 2 SB, 6.4 WAR
Bob Feller: 22-11, 2.62 ERA, 302.2 IP, 88 ER, 151 BB, 296 K, 1.26 WHIP, 8.1 WAR
Next Up: #2 Stadium Region SP Luis Tiant (1968) vs. #1 Dunn Field Region SP Bob Feller (1946)