Tribe Madness: Dunn Field Region semi-finals results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the League Park Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.
#6 SP Willie Mitchell (1913) vs. #2 OF Tris Speaker (1923)
April: Mitchell 54, Speaker 27
The Grey Eagle started out collecting just one hit in each of his first seven games. No more, no less. In the season's eighth game, Speaker didn't stop after an infield single in the first as he finished the day 4-for-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Despite a solid .352 average, the #2 seed was doubled up in Madness points by Willie Mitchell. Things didn't start so good for Willie Mitchell as he dropped a 0-3 decision but that was the low point in April for Mitchell. Willie gave up only 3 runs in the next three starts as he won games 3-1, 4-1, and 2-1. Willie then gave up 5 in a slugfest 22-5 victory then capped the month by winning his fifth straight game 6-4.
May: Mitchell 108, Speaker 51
The Grey Eagle started off May with an 11-game hitting streak and he hit in 23 of his 26 May games. Speaker hit his first 5 homers of the season as he drove in 21 with a .992 OPS. In 5 of his 6 May starts, Willie Mitchell limited the Eagles to two runs or less as he went 4-1 in May to build a 57 Madness Point lead. While Willie matched his April record (5-1) in May, he had a better month with a 1.78 ERA.
June: Mitchell 141, Speaker 102
Tris upped his game in June hitting .388 with 1 homer and 18 runs scored. He put up season highs in doubles (9), triples (4) and OPS (1.084). He started off the month on a 21-game hitting streak and finished the month on a 4-for-8 run with a double, a triple and 3 RBI. Mitchell's June started off with his worst start of the year as he gave up 7 in a 4-7 loss. He came back to blank the Eagles on five hits. He added his second win in June with in a 6-2 win but lost his last two including another 2-7 loss.
July: Mitchell 171, Speaker 141
Willie started the month struggling as he gave up 16 runs in his first three starts (2 losses). He got in the win column for the month when he won a tight 7-5 game then came back. He saved his best for his last two starts when he gave up only 3 runs in 16.2 innings as he finished the month 3-2 with a 4.79 ERA. An 0-for-11 stretch marred Speaker's month but he rebounded with runs of 8-for-12 and 6-for-7 to hit .353 for the month. For the second consecutive month, the Grey Eagle put up an OPS over 1.000 as he hit 3 homers.
August: Mitchell 198, Speaker 177
Mitchell's fabulous season either hit a wall or a speed bump in August. He won one game and dropped six as he put up a 4.29 ERA. While he started and ended the month on three game losing streaks, his best starts were his first and last ones. In his first start he scattered four hits but lost 1-2. In his final start, Willie limited the Eagles to only one run in a 0-1 loss. His lone win was a 7-4 decision. Speaker buried himself early in the season but for the third consecutive month, he cut into Mitchell's lead. He did it in August with a 1.010 OPS and 2 homers. While his 21 point deficit may be insurmountable, Speaker is entering the final month on a 17-game hitting streak.
September: Mitchell 240, Speaker 222
Willie Mitchell closed out his upset of Tris Speaker with a 5-0 September including 2-hit and 3-hit shutouts. The Grey Eagle fell partly due to the matchup with the southpaw. While Tris hit .324 off of lefties (.322 off of Mitchell), he only belted one of his 15 homers off of lefties. Tris hit .393 off of righties.
Willie Mitchell: 21-12, 3.32 ERA, 320 IP, 118 ER, 176 BB, 247 K, 1.38 WHIP, 8.0 WAR
Tris Speaker: .358/.461/.543/1.003, 33 2B, 15 3B, 15 HR, 97 R, 99 RBI, 5 SB, 7.4 WAR
#5 SP Cliff Lee (2008) vs. #1 SP Bob Feller (1946)
April: Feller 42, Lee 39
Jacobs Field was rocking on opening day to see Rapid Robert Feller battle 2008 Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Feller took that game 6-5. Lee evened up the score with a 2-1 win but the Heater From Van Meter threw two shutouts and two one-run games to finish 5-1. Feller's last start and second shutout of the month was a two-hitter. Lee's month included four games which he gave up only one earned run but lost three of those. His other two losses were games which he gave up six earned runs in each.
May: Feller 117, Lee 75
Feller whiffed 16 of the Lee Generals in a 9-1 win to start off May. Cliff came back by limiting the Fellows to two runs in a 7-2 win. The two hurlers then split the next two 5-3 (Feller) and 7-1 (Lee). Rapid Robert had to go 10 innings to break the May tie for a 2-1 win (Lee also went all ten as well) and finished off the month with a 4-1 win.
June: Feller 162, Lee 108
Rapid Robert and Cliff Lee went back and forth in June. Lee bedazzled the Fellows in a 3-1 win. Feller came back with a four-hit shutout to win 3-0. Game 3 was Lee's turn as he went 8.1 innings to win 4-2. Feller then tossed another shutout but Lee's three-hit shutout evened the month up. Then Feller gave up 2 in a 7-2 win. Feller took the edge in ERA 1.99 to 2.62.
July: Feller 219, Lee 141
With a 6-13 record heading into July, the Lee Generals manager decided he needed to drop Lee down one spot in the rotation. Initially, Cliff took to the move as he tossed a 3-hittter (5-1) and then followed that up with a three-hit shutout (7-0). He was then hammered as he went only 4.2 innings in a 4-13 loss. He then lost a 1-2 duel but the losses continued as Lee failed to make it out of the third inning in a 6-12 loss. He came back for a 9-7 win before dropping a 1-3 contest. Feller didn't fare any better going 3-4 with a 3.98 ERA.
August: Feller 279, Lee 186
When Lee was moved into the number 2 starter role, he was 6-13 with a 2.83 ERA but the move has really helped his record. After a 6-0 August, Lee boasts a 15-17 record with a 2.97 ERA. In 5 of his 7 starts, Cliff gave up 2 or less runs. While Lee went 6-0, the Heater from Van Meter was also perfect with a 5-0 record but he could also boast a no-no. The no-hitter came on August 8th and he struck out 10 while walking only 3. Feller followed his gem with his second consecutive shutout.
September: Feller 306, Lee 240
The battle of the Forrest City hurlers took another turn as Lee took the number one spot opposite Feller. It was the best shot for Lee to make up the 93 points. It started well for Cliff as he won the first September game 7-1. He followed it up with a six-hit shutout but then Feller sent him to the showers as a loser in the next three decisions. Bob Feller dominated the Generals' hitters limiting them to a only 13 homers and a .184 average (.529 OPS) as he advanced to the region championships.
Cliff Lee: 17-21, 3.13 ERA, 316.1 IP, 110 ER, 71 BB, 250 K, 1.13 WHIP, 8.0 WAR
Bob Feller: 24-12, 2.20 ERA, 332 IP, 81 ER, 158 BB, 350 K, 1.13 WHIP, 10.6 WAR
Next Up: #6 SP Willie Mitchell (1913) vs. #1 SP Bob Feller (1946)
Here is the updated west and east bracket: