Tribe Madness: Dunn Field Region Round 2 results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the second round of the Dunn Field Region where four players move on and four are eliminated.
#5 SP Cliff Lee (2008) vs. #4 Bill Bradley (1903)
April: Lee 45, Bradley 3
Cliff Lee battled through 9 innings on opening day for a 10-5 win. It was his worst start of the month. In start number two, Lee went 11 innings for a 1-0 shutout win. For the month, the 2008 AL Cy Young winner went 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA. Bradley just couldn't get things going hitting .217 with a homer and 9 RBI. A 3-for-24 start put him behind the eight-ball but a 3-for-5 game on the 14th put him above the Mendoza-Line.
May: Lee 93, Bradley 36
Sporting an 11-0 record on May 26th, Cliff Lee was in a tight 2-2 game heading into the bottom of the 8th inning. Cliff induced the first two batters into outs but gave up a single and a double. With runners on second and third, the hitter grounded to short but the shortstop misplayed the ball allowing two runners to score. After the dust cleared, Lee gave up three unearned runs and suffered his first loss of the season. Other than that it was a grand month for the southpaw going 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA. After an 18-hit April, Bill Bradley began to find his stroke collecting 30 hits (.249 average). Bradley must hit better with runners in scoring position (.194 in May) if he is going to fight his way back into this competition.
June: Lee 138, Bradley 42
In the win-loss column Cliff Lee struggled but his 2.87 June ERA says otherwise. In truth, it was a lack of offensive support which negatively affected Lee's fortunes. He lost games 0-1 and 1-2. Bradley's season to forget continued as his June average dipped to .225. Bradley did put together a season high 7-game hitting streak but an 0-12 run to finish the month erased anything positive going on in his game.
July: Lee 181, Bradley 54
Starting out 1-2 in July, Cliff Lee rolled off four straight wins and now sits at 18-6 on the season. Lee did twirl a 5-hit shutout on the 17th which started his run. Bradley continues to fade in the contest and July didn't spark much optimism. He hit .237 but did drive in a season high 15 runs. Bradley did finish July on a 7-game hitting streak.
August: Lee 288, Bradley 96
Bill Bradley figured it out in August. Maybe his alarm went off and he was actually awake after sleeping through the first four months. Whatever it was Bradley hit 5 homers, 5 triples, and a .330 average. All were season highs. He had one 14-for-26 run and by the end of the month his season average climbed to .255. Still, for as good of a month as Bradley put together, it was still second fiddle to Cliff Lee who continued a Cy Young worthy campaign. He held the Bradley’s to a microscopic 0.58 ERA as he went 6-1. In seven August starts, Lee gave up 1 run five times and a big zero the other two times.
September: Lee 351, Bradley 138
Fans would have loved for the Bill Bradley that donned the uniform in September to have shown up earlier in the season. The late season Bradley hit .402 in September with a 1.001 OPS. Both were season highs. Bradley’s season ending 16-game hitting streak was also a season best. On September 12th, Lee gave up 2 runs on 4 hits for his 8th straight win. He dropped his next start 3-1 to end his streak. Lee went 4-2 in September as he coasted into the third round.
Bill Bradley: .281/.310/.420/.730, 25 2B, 19 3B, 9 HR, 88 R, 65 RBI, 32 SB, 4.6 WAR
Cliff Lee: 28-9, 2.22 ERA, 344 IP, 85 ER, 44 BB, 293 K, 1.00 WHIP, 11.7 WAR
#6 Willie Mitchell (1913) vs. #3 Willis Hudlin (1929)
April: Mitchell 54, Hudlin 3
Things started out promising for Ace Hudlin as he went all nine in a 7-2 win, but he then fell on hard times falling to 1-3 with a 6.69 ERA. Three times in April, Ace gave up 6 or more runs. Willie Mitchell on the other hand went 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA to jump out to an early lead. With four shutouts including three 3-hitters Mitchell pitched like Cy Young.
May: Mitchell 111, Hudlin 42
Willie and Ace were matched up against each other and with seven starts in May. Mitchell had a 2.40 ERA but he needed two brilliant performances to close out the month. The first was a complete game 5-1 win and the second a 5-hit shutout for a 3-0 win. Despite taking a hit in the win-loss column (2-3), Ace only surrendered 2.11 earned runs per 9 innings. In his 3 losses, Hudlin gave up only 9 runs (1, 5 and 3).
June: Mitchell 147, Hudlin 60
Ace Hudlin posted his first winning month with a 4-3 mark. Ace did it with a three game complete game winning streak as he yielded only seven runs. Hudlin started it all off by out-dueling Mitchell for a 2-1 win on the 13th. At 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA, Willie pitched well but a 1.54 WHIP may have been a contributing factor as he slipped a little in his battle with Ace Hudlin. Willie lost three straight starts in June but put a stop to that run with a 4-hit 3-1 win.
July: Mitchell 186, Hudlin 69
Willie Mitchell won his first three July starts and held on to take the Battle of July. In one four start stretch, Mitchell went 2-2 but gave up only six earned runs. For Ace Hudlin, the month of July was a roller coaster. In his 3 wins, Hudlin surrendered only 4 earned runs but in his 4 losses, Willis gave up 21 runs.
August: Mitchell 246, Hudlin 108
When two pitchers are pitted against each other in every start, a pitcher's win loss record doesn't always show how good the pitcher threw. That certainly was the story for Willie Mitchell's August. He went 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Mitchell won his first start before falling 1-3 in a game with three unearned runs. That loss started a three-game losing streak but Willie won his final two starts including a 7-hit shutout to finish August. Like Mitchell, Hudlin's 2.27 ERA is only reflected in a 3-3 record. Hudlin's chance for a winning month slipped away as he was out-dueled by Mitchell 1-0 on the 30th.
September: Mitchell 261, Hudlin 114
Champions finish strong and that's what Willie Mitchell did in the War of the Wills. Mitchell finished off Willis with a 5-1 September and a 3.77 ERA as he won 7 of his final 8 starts. Ace Hudlin wilted as the game wrapped up with his 7.12 ERA and the Willies hit .341 off of him. Ace did salvage his season by winning the finale by the score of 8-2.
Willie Mitchell: 22-13, 2.39 ERA, 335.2 IP, 89 ER, 137 BB, 252 K, 1.27 WHIP, 8.7 WAR
Willis Hudlin: 15-20, 3.86 ERA, 324 IP, 139 ER, 106 BB, 44 K, 1.48 WHIP, 3.8 WAR
#7 OF Rocky Colavito (1958) vs. #2 OF Tris Speaker (1923)
April: Speaker 18, Colavito 3
The Rock went yard on his second at bat of the season as he charged out with a 4-game hitting streak. The four game streak had Rocky hitting .375 but the 2-for-33 slump afterwards left the right fielder sitting at a perplexing .163 average. Colavito limped to a .179 April average. The Grey Eagle on the other hand started out slow hitting .182 after 3 games but a 8-for-18 run put his average over the .350 mark. Speaker finished the month on a 4-game streak as his average climbed to .360.
May: Speaker 66, Colavito 42
The Rock powered his way back into the competition with 8 May homers and a .302 average. Colavito used a 12-game hitting streak with 5 homers to wash the bad taste of May out of his mouth. Speaker wasn't going to let the Rock's power go unanswered as he stroked 4 out while raking at a .402 pace.
June: Speaker 156, Colavito 45
The Grey Eagle was flying high in June as he passed a .400 average for the season. He passed the .400 mark on his final game in June going 4-for-5 with a double, homer, 3 runs and 2 RBI. While power is not Tris' game he did belt 8 balls over the fence while hitting .435 and a .500 on base percentage in June. All that progress that Rocky made in May evaporated under the June sun. Rocky's average slipped to .225 thanks to a .193 average in June. He did belt 6 homers but finished without a long ball in his last 9 games.
July: Speaker 204, Colavito 66
Rocky's string of bad month-good month continued as he once again rebounded with his best month yet. Rocky went deep 12 times in July to reach the 30 dinger mark and he hit .267 with a 1.007 OPS. Tris on the other hand strung together his fourth straight productive month. His .351 July average was a season low to this point but he put up his third consecutive 1.000+ OPS month and drove in his 100th run on the season. He had a 14-game hitting streak and a 5-for-6 day with 2 homers to highlight his July.
August: Speaker 271, Colavito 102
Speaker was able to get on base in half of his August at bats as he hit 7 homers and had another 1.000+ OPS. August also featured a 14-game hitting streak for the Grey Eagle. Colavito exercised his bad month demons with a .311 average but his homer total dropped to 5 in August. Rocky also hit safely in 13 of his last 15 August games.
September: Speaker 339, Colavito 150
The Grey Eagle finished strong hitting .394 along with 14 doubles in September. Those doubles lifted Speaker's total to 55 on the season which is a Madness record. For the third consecutive month, Rocky put it together hitting .330 along with 13 bombs for his most complete month but it was too little too late.
Rocky Colavito: .266/.357/.545/.902, 26 2B, 0 3B, 48 HR, 120 R, 122 RBI, 2 SB, 5.0 WAR
Tris Speaker: .387/.468/.645/1.113, 55 2B, 9 3B, 30 HR, 139 R, 151 RBI, 6 SB, 11.3 WAR
Next Up: #6 SP Willie Mitchell (1913) vs. #2 OF Tris Speaker (1923)
#9 SP Dennis Eckersley (1975) vs. #1 SP Bob Feller (1946)
April: Feller 33, Eckersley 18
Feller went 8 innings on opening day giving up 2 earned runs but fell 3-4. He came back to strike out 10 in a 3-0 win. In total, Feller went 3-2 in April with a 1.91 ERA. He didn't give up more than 3 earned runs in any start. Eck on the other hand was 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA before getting shelled (8 runs in 3 2/3 innings) which ballooned his ERA to 4.84. Eck finished the month 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA.
May: Feller 93, Eckersley 21
Eck evened his season record at 3-3 with a 2-1 month but his 5.03 ERA was higher than April. Over half of Eckersley's six May starts were no-decisions. Rapid Robert improved to 6-4 with a 3-2 month with a 2.10 ERA. Feller finished the month giving up only 2 earned runs over his last 23 innings (going 2-1 over that span).
June: Feller 120, Eckersley 45
The Eck visited the winner's podium five times in June (against 2 defeats) but a 5.08 ERA gave him mixed results. In truth, when Eck won he gave up 3 or fewer runs but his two defeats were struggles (13 runs in 7.1 innings between the 2 starts). The Heater from Van Meter was as hot as the summer sun in June going 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA. He finished the month especially hot winning his final four starts and only surrendering 2 runs over his final 17.2 innings.
July: Feller 186, Eckersley 78
Rapid Robert went 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA in July by holding his opponents to a meager .184 average and striking out 59 Eckies. On the 12th, he hurled a 2-hitter in a 16-3 win and did not give up more than 3 runs in any July start. As good as Feller was in July, Eck was better, going 5-0 with a 2.49 ERA. Eck has now won six in a row and he gave up more than 2 runs only once all month and that was in a 10-4 win in which he struck out 10 Bobbies.
August: Feller 234, Eckersley 99
Eck split his six decisions in August but saw his ERA again rise in the 5+ stratosphere. Two starts were the culprits for the high ERA. The first was on August the 2nd when he only lasted 2.1 innings while giving up 6 runs and then on the 24th when he lasted 4.2 innings and another 6 runs. Rapid Robert suffered his first losing month as went 2-3 with a 2.85 ERA. After winning his 18th game on the 8th, Bob lost three and had two no-decisions.
September: Feller 267, Eckersley 117
At first look, Feller's 3-0 September record looked good but his 4.19 ERA was his worst of the season. Not only was it his worst but it was over a run higher than his previous high. Eck's season fell apart in September going 1-4 with a 5.28 ERA. Eck lost his final three decisions on the season.
Dennis Eckersley: 17-12, 4.55 ERA, 245.1 IP, 124 ER, 104 BB, 228 K, 1.40 WHIP, 3.9 WAR
Bob Feller: 21-9, 2.69 ERA, 297.2 IP, 89 ER, 127 BB, 308 K, 1.20 WHIP, 8.9 WAR
Next Up: #5 SP Cliff Lee (2008) vs. #1 SP Bob Feller (1946)
Here is the updated west and east bracket: