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Tribe Madness: The Championship Game

Tribe Madness: The Championship Game
January 11, 2014
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Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament wraps up with the championsip game matchup between Addie Joss and Luis Tiant.

Both were #2 seeds in the tournament, but their consistency and high point totals led them through the minefield of six rounds to get to this final matchup. Since both pitchers are the #1 pitchers on their teams for this round they are matched up against one another in each game they pitch, and the results from each game are listed below.

For an overview of how the tournament works, go here. It is important to note that the results from this tournament or each matchup has nothing to do with how the players performed over their careers. It is based on how they performed in the best year of their career. So, it is important to note that the Joss vs. Tiant matchup is based on Joss's 1908 season when he went 24-11 with a 1.16 ERA and 208 ERA+ (both led the league) and Tiant's 1968 season when he went 21-9 with a 1.60 ERA and 186 ERA+ (both led the league).

[Editor's Note: Thanks to Rick for all the work with this outstanding  tournament!]

#2 SP Addie Joss (1908) vs. #2 SP Luis Tiant (1968)

April: Tiant 75, Joss 33

Game #1:  Addie Joss gave up 2 second inning runs and that is all El Tiante needed as he went the distance in a 4-1 win.  Luis struck out nine Jossters while Addie gave up 4 runs in 7.2 innings.

Game #2:  The Jossters struck first in the second inning but could only put up one run.   The LT's evened up the score in the fifth and that was the score when both pitchers gave way to their bullpens.   Tiant struck out 11 in 9 innings while The Human Hairpin went 10.

Game #3:  Luis Tiant had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning while sporting a 4-0 lead before two one out hits ruined his no-no and his shutout.  Tiant slammed the door with 2 strikeouts and that's all the Jossters could muster in a 4-1 LT win.  Two of Addie's runs surrendered were unearned.

Game #4:  Addie Joss gave up only 2 runs but he was bested by Luis Tiant and his 17 strikeout effort.  Tiant gave up only 2 hits again to improve to 3-0 with a 2-1 win.

Game #5:  Joss' tough luck continued as he gave up one run in a 2-0 loss.  Tiant's first shutout of the season wasn't as impressive as his prior starts as he only struck out 7 while giving up 8 hits.

Game #6:  El Tiant capped a perfect month with a 4-2 complete game victory.  Tiant struck out 13 but gave up two gopher balls while Joss gave up 3 earned runs in 6.2 innings.  Tiant claimed a decisive April with a 1.00 ERA while Joss was winless with a 2.44 ERA.

May: Tiant 141, Joss 96

Game #7:  Both Luis and Addie gave up 6 hits but the LT's struck for one run in the seventh inning and Tiant improved to 6-0 and the tough luck Joss remained winless.

Game #8:  The LT's struck for 3 in the first and Joss was on the ropes but the Jossters slowly fought back to tie it up in the fourth.   Joss then gave up two in the fifth and trailed 5-3 but the Jossters chased El Tiant in the 8th as Addie claimed a come-from-behind 7-5 win.  The win came at the expense of the LT bullpen so Luis remained unbeaten at 6-0.

Game #9:  Addie Joss entered the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead.  Addie left with a runner on first with no outs and his bullpen proceeded to load the bases with two outs.   Then the left fielder dropped a fly ball and two runs scored preventing Addie from winning another game.  Luis struck out 17 but picked up a no-decision.

Game #10:  Knotted at 2-2 in the seventh, the LT's struck for the games winning run to send Joss down 2-3 while El Tiante improved to 7-0.

Game #11:  Both pitchers had to take the mound in the 10th inning with the game locked in a 2-2 tie.  The Josster bullpen couldn't pull out the win and Tiant improved to 8-0 with 9.2 innings of work.  Joss went 9.1 but left with a no-decision.

Game #12:  Addie Joss couldn't make it out of the sixth inning giving up six runs while El Tiante went the distance for win number 9.   Luis struck out 14 and gave up only one earned run while Joss' ERA climbed to 2.96.

Game #13:  For the second time on the year, Joss found the win column with a 3-2 win.  Tiant lasted out 6.2 innings but left with the game still tied.   The win improved Addie's record to 2-8 while Luis remained undefeated.

June: Tiant 222, Joss 150

Game #14:  As the calendar moved to June, Addie did something he hadn't done all year.  He sent El Tiante home a loser.   Addie went 8.1 innings giving up 2 runs (one earned) while Luis went 8 (complete game) giving up 3 (2 earned) and striking out 11.

Game #15:  Losing must have left a bitter taste in his mouth because El Tiante came back with a vengeance.  He struck out 16 Jossters in a 3-1 win.   His only blemish was a 7th inning gopher ball but Joss had already given up 3 by then.

Game #16:  Addie Joss gave up no runs through nine innings but Tiant matched him and the game went into extra innings.   El Tiante blanked the Jossters in the top of the 10th inning then the lead off LT greeted Joss with a long ball as El Tiante prevailed 1-0.  Luis struck out 18 and walked 2 while Addie added 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Game #17:  The LT's struck for four in the first then Addie Joss set them down the rest of the way.   The Jossters could only must a single run off of El Tiante as the Cuban right-hander improved to 12-1 with a 1.40 ERA.

Game #18:  Luis had another 10 strikeout game but giving up 7 runs (4 unearned) gave El Tiante his second loss on the season.  The 7-4 win improved the Human Hairpin to a 4-11 record with a 2.80 ERA.

Game #19:  Avenging losses is what Tiant does.  He struck out 15 while giving up only 2 unearned runs but still it was a collapse of the Josster bullpen which gave him the 3-2 win.

Game #20:  Desperate for a win, Addie Joss came up big with a 5-hit shutout.   Tiant struck out 11 but gave up 5 to drop to 13-3.

July: Tiant 327, Joss 189

Game #21:  In his worst start of the year, Addie Joss failed to make it out of the 2nd inning as he gave up 6 runs including 2 homers.  That was enough for El Tiante who struck out 15 Jossters while giving up only 3 hits.   The LT 9-1 win raised Tiant's record to 14-3. 

Game #22:  Luis was brilliant in a 2-hit shutout win over Addie Joss.   Joss gave up 3 but it was Tiant and his 11 strikeouts which ruled the day.

Game #23:  Joss then turned in his own shutout, a three hitter, to win 2-0.  Tiant went 8 giving up 2 as he dropped to 15-4.

Game #24:  Luis rebounded by going 8.2 innings and giving up one unearned run on four hits and Joss gave up 6.   The win put El Tiante at 16-4 with a 1.47 ERA.

Game #25:  The beat goes on for El Tiante.  This time a 4-1 win with 14 strikeouts on six hits.   Joss surrendered his 4 in 7.2 innings and fell to 6-15 with a 3.05 ERA.

Game #26:  July 26th was another complete game victory for Luis Tiant - this time 6-1.  Luis gave up 4 hits and struck out 9 while Joss went 7.1 innings with 5 runs (4 earned).

Game #27:  Addie Joss finished July with an 11 inning performance for a 4-1 win.  The Human Hairpin limited the LT's to only 6 hits while striking out 4.   El Tiante struck out 14 in 10 innings on four hits but picked up an ND.

August: Tiant 372, Joss 249

Game #28:  Addie Joss made it two in a row with an 8-1 win.  Joss went 8 innings giving up one unearned run in the seventh while Tiant could only go 5 while giving up 6 runs.

Game #29:  Addie Joss went 7.1 innings and left with a 2-1 lead but his bullpen thwarted his attempt for a 3-game winning streak.   Tiant picked up the win thanks to an 8th inning rally and a 4-2 win.

Game #30:  El Tiante struck out 13 in a 3-1 win to join the 20-win club.   Tiant gave up 1 run on 11 hits in 8.1 innings while Joss took the loss with a complete game.

Game #31:  Addie Joss gave up 2 runs in 8.1 innings and El Tiante gave up 3 (1 earned).   The win gave Joss a 9-17 record with a 2.79 ERA.

Game #32:  Two in row thanks to a 3-hit performance while Tiant struggled.  Luis was chased in the sixth inning after giving up 6 runs in the 7-0 Joss victory.

Game #33:  Joss gave up 4 runs (3 earned)  in 8 innings while El Tiante gave up 4 in 8.1 innings.   Neither pitcher got a decision in the 12 inning affair.  Tiant struck out 9 with 5 walks while Joss K'd 2 with no walks.

Game #34:  Luis Tiant took a shutout and a 1-hitter into the ninth but a first pitch gopher ball put the Jossters on the board.  It would be all the Cuban righty would give up as he struck out 8 for a 3-1 win.   Joss went the distance but gave up 3.

September: Tiant 429, Joss 297

Game #35:  El Tiante just keeps it going improving to 22-7 with a 4-1 win.   Tiant struck out 10 while Joss went 8.1 with 3 earned runs.

Game #36:  It looks like the only way that Joss will win games is when he tosses a shutout.  That's what he did with a 5-hitter and a 2-0 win to improve to 11-19 with a 2.67 ERA.   El Tiante gave up fewer hits (4) and struck out more (11 to 7) but his two runs surrendered doomed him to his 8th loss.

Game #37:  Seven innings and 1 run allowed was enough for El Tiante to register his 23rd win in a 4-1 win.   Tiant struck out 8 but a sixth inning gopher ball cost him the shutout.

Game #38:  Joss got the complete game but Tiant got the win in a 4-3 battle.   Joss gave up less earned runs (2 to 3) while both hurlers gave up 5 hits.

Game #39:  Tiant out dueled Joss for a 3-2 win improving to 25-8.   The win saw Tiant strike out 10 while Joss struck out 4.

Game #40: Even when he surrenders no runs, Joss isn't guaranteed a victory and such was the case in this 15-inning marathon.   Joss went 8.1 innings but Tiant bettered him with 11 innings of 1-hit ball.  Tiant had a no-hitter into the 8th inning and struck out 11 to lower his ERA to 1.76.

Game #41:  Addie Joss ended the season with a 5-hit shutout victory striking out four while Luis sat out.

Final Stats:

Addie Joss: 12-22, 2.58 ERA, 327.2 IP, 94 ER, 48 BB, 137 K, 1.11 WHIP, 9.9 WAR, .738 QS%
Luis Tiant: 25-8, 1.76 ERA, 342 IP, 67 ER, 103 BB, 443 K, 0.96 WHIP, 14.3 WAR, .854 QS%

Here is the final bracket:

User Comments

Jim Piascik
January 13, 2014 - 7:38 PM EST
Now I'm sad. :( I love Addie Joss.
January 13, 2014 - 11:37 AM EST
The Maestro of Twirlology!

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