Tribe Madness: League Park 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.
#12 SP Steve Hargan (1967) vs. #13 3B Odell Hale (1936)
April: Hargan 45, Hale 12
Opening day featured Hargan vs. Hale in the battle of the H's. In his first at bat of the game, Hale flew out to center. Hale then tripled to right and scored one batter later. It would be Hales Heroes only run of the game. Odell would later hit a double but Hargan emerged as the winner 7-1. Hargan followed the opening day win with a 4-hitter and a 2-1 win and finished the month with a 3-2 record with a 2.80 ERA. “Bad News” Hale had a successful April hitting .322 with 6 doubles and 2 triples with half of those extra-base hits coming against Hargan. Bad News started out hitting in six straight and then finished the month on a 7-game streak.
May: Hargan 108, Hale 51
With a .352 May, Bad News raised his season average to .339 and he continued to exploit the lefty (Hargan) vs. righty (Hale) match up as he is pummeling Hargan in head-to-head match up to the tune of a .442 average with 7 doubles and a triple on the season. Steve Hargan whiffed 42 opposing hitters in May while going 3-4 with a 3.33 ERA. The month started for Hargan with a 4-hit shutout then flipped strong start/poor start. In his May wins, Hargan gave up zero, 2 runs and 1 run but in his losses he gave up 6, 5 runs, 1 run and 5 runs.
June: Hargan 174, Hale 75
Steve churned out quality start after quality start in June but only had a 2-3 record to show for it. It could have been better as his two no decisions were blown saves by the bullpen. As it was his 2.59 ERA was good enough to maintain his lead. Bad News on the other hand put together season highs in homers (3), runs (18) and RBI (18) while hitting .302. Hale finished the month on an 8-game streak which is threatening the 9-game streak he put together in May.
July: Hargan 231, Hale 99
Hargan limited the Halies to four runs or less in every start in July. He started off with a complete game 5-4 victory and then a 4-2 win but he then dropped 3 of his final 4 decisions in July. He now sits at 11-12 with a 2.84 ERA on the season. Bad News had his best month by driving in 21 runs, 10 doubles and 3 triples despite his lowest monthly average (.295) of the season.
August: Hargan 282, Hale 105
Bad News had a mixed month. He hit .294 and scored a season best 20 runs but for the first time since April he failed to hit a homer which contributed to a season low 8 RBI. He did put together a 14-game hit streak but his best day was a 4-for-4 effort off of Hargan. Hargan used a 3-game winning streak to return to his winning ways going 4-2 with a 3.12 ERA. The streak started with a 6-0 shutout win.
September: Hargan 339, Hale 161
A 4-2 September with a 2.66 ERA and a season best 47 strikeouts helped Hargan finish off Bad News. Hargan started off the month with a 3-hitter in a 10-1 victory. Hale put up season best numbers in September in average (.360), doubles (13), runs (21) and RBI (31).
Steve Hargan: 19-16, 2.86 ERA, 314.2 IP, 100 ER, 58 BB, 229 K, 1.19 WHIP, 11.3 WAR
Odell Hale: .323/.371/.507/.878, 46 2B, 12 3B, 15 HR, 96 R, 104 RBI, 6 SB, 4.7 WAR
#11 OF Roy Cullenbine (1943) vs. #3 3B Jim Thome (1996)
April: Thome 30, Cullenbine 12
Roy Cullenbine started out his season hitting .282 while scoring 20 runs and collecting only 5 RBI. Of the 12 games Roy hit in, 7 of those games were multi-hit games. Thome finished the month on a 5-game hitting streak including a 4-game homer streak to finish the month with a .295 average with 6 bombs.
May: Thome 87, Cullenbine 42
Roy Cullenbine took his game up a notch in May hitting .302 with his first two homers of the season. Roy has a 16-game hitting streak going into June. During the hitting streak, Roy's average climbed from .250 to .293. Thome hit .302 in May also but his 10 homers and 23 RBI put some distance between himself and Cullenbine.
June: Thome 162, Cullenbine 54
For the second consecutive month, Jim Thome hammered 10 homers in the month and he did it in June with a .340 average. An 0-for-10 run in June set Cullenbine back and his June average dipped to .271 his lowest output of the year. Roy did hit 7 doubles and he drove in 13 runs. Both of those were season highs but he had season lows in average, OPS and runs scored. Roy also extended his 16-game May hitting streak into a 22-game streak which ended on the 7th.
July: Thome 210, Cullenbine 90
Roy Cullenbine improved in July to hit .284 but drove in only a miniscule 4 runs. Roy finished July on a 7-for-15 run including 6 runs scored. Another 10 homer month this time with a season best 25 RBI put Thome on the verge of advancing to round three.
August: Thome 291, Cullenbine 114
Four months, four identical 10 home run totals boosted Thome to a big lead in this #11 vs #3 matchup. Jim did it this month hitting a season best .361 and a 10-game hitting streak. Cullenbine hit .280 in August to further slip behind the Peoria, Illinois native. Roy did enjoy a 9-for-16 run but only managed 2 runs and 4 RBI to show for it.
September: Thome 333, Cullenbine 123
Cullenbine slumped to a .254 average in September. Overall, Roy's inability to produce runs (128 total) was what doomed him in this contest. Thome's string of 10 homers per month came to an end but Thome still powered his way to the winner in this contest. Thome hit 43 of his 51 bombs off of right handers and he did it with an average that was 52 points higher than against southpaws.
Roy Cullenbine: .278/.380/.365/.745, 32 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 85 R, 47 RBI, 5 SB, 4.1 WAR
Jim Thome: .330/.467/.626/1.123, 19 2B, 7 3B, 51 HR, 138 R,123 RBI, 0 SB, 11.1 WAR
#7 DH Travis Hafner (2006) vs. #2 SP Jim Bagby (1920)
April: Hafner 45, Bagby 9
Pronk homered 8 times in April as he put up a 1.159 OPS to jump out to an April lead. Pronk was 0-for-5 after the first two games but went on a 4-game hitting streak to climb to the .300 range and didn't look back as he had a 6-game and a 4-game hit streak. Having lost his first 3 games, Sarge Bagby took the mound looking for his A-game. Sarge baffled the Pronkers for seven innings as the scoreboard showed the Pronkers still hitless. The Pronk catcher squirted a ball past a diving second baseman for the Pronker’s first hit. It would be all they would get as Sarge completed an 8-0 one-hit victory. It would be his only win in April against four defeats (4.46 ERA).
May: Hafner 144, Bagby 12
Sarge Bagby dropped to 1-8 with a 5.62 ERA before rallying for 2 wins in which he gave up 3 runs. Sarge was hoping he was back on track but was shelled in his month ending loss. Sarge gave up six runs and didn't get out of the 5th inning. One of the reasons that Sarge struggled is that he can't solve the Pronk Puzzle. The big DH is hitting .432 off him with 5 homers. It wasn't just Bagby that Pronk terrorized but all of the Bagboy pitchers. He hit .404 with 15 bombs in May.
June: Hafner 225, Bagby 15
Sarge's June was a virtual wasteland as he went 0-3 with a 7.15 ERA. In only one of his June starts did Sarge limit the Pronkers to 3 runs or less. The month hit the absolute depths for Sarge in his final June start where he gave up 7 runs while failing to make it out of the first inning. Pronk's 15 June bombs pushed his season total to 38. He also added an amazing 45 RBI while hitting .379.
July: Hafner 252, Bagby 18
For the first time this season, Sarge Bagby didn't have a losing month. It wasn't a winner but he did begin to right the ship with a 2-2 record and a 4.22 ERA. In fact he had a run of 3 games where he gave up 2 runs including a game where he pitched 12 innings in a no decision (a 15 inning 7-2 win). Travis hit 5 bombs in the last 4 games in July to reach the 50 home run mark.
August: Hafner 306, Bagby 36
Sarge had an August surge as he put together his best month of the season. In 5 of his 7 August starts, Sarge limited the Pronkers to 3 runs or fewer as he posted a 3.14 ERA. On the 19th, Sarge threw a 3-hitter in a 2-1 win. In spite of Sarge's good month, Pronk basically put the competition to bed with a .360 average and 9 homers. The next home run will be number 60.
September: Hafner 339, Bagby 54
Sarge had his only winning month (3-2) but had a 5+ ERA. Of the 32 homers Bagby gave up all year, 10 of them came off of Hafner's bat. Pronk's 64 homers tied Rocky Colavito for the Madness record but his 168 RBI broke the record as did his 151 runs scored.
Travis Hafner: .346/.455/.697/1.153, 21 2B, 2 3B, 64 HR, 151 R, 168 RBI, 0 SB, 11.3 WAR
Jim Bagby: 11-19, 4.93 ERA, 290 IP, 159 ER, 91 BB, 63 K, 1.51 WHIP, 1.8 WAR
Next Up: #3 3B Jim Thome (1996) vs. #7 DH Travis Hafner (2006)
#9 1B Andre Thornton (1978) vs. #1 2B Nap Lajoie: (1906)
April: Lajoie 36, Thornton 3
Thunder went 2-for-4 with 2 homers, 3 runs and 3 RBI on the 28th. The game represented half of Thornton's homers, and a third of both his run and RBI totals for April as Andre struggled to a .231 average. In the other dugout, Nap hit .372, scored 18 runs and drove in 15 runners as he jumped ahead of Thunder in the early going. Larry only failed to gather hits in 2 games all month as he had a 12-game hitting streak and currently sits on a 6-game streak.
May: Lajoie 87, Thornton 30
Nap stretched the April hit streak to 13-games by hitting safely in the first 7 games in May as he collected hits in all but 3 games in May. Lajoie hit .360 in May with 22 runs and 14 RBI. Thunder found his home run stroke in May hitting 8 long balls and he drove in 25 runs.
June: Lajoie 132, Thornton 33
June pushed the storm out and Thunder's offense dried up in June. He hit only .232 with 2 homers. He had hitless strings of 16 and 12 at bats and only hit two homers all month. He did finish 8-for-15. Larry (Lajoie) did score a season best 26 runs in June as he hit at a .355 clip.
July: Lajoie 165, Thornton 57
Nap hit .328 in July as he maintained his lead. Larry's opponent Thornton slammed 9 home runs as he hit .280 in July. For the season, Thunder has 23 homers and 66 RBI.
August: Lajoie 192, Thornton 84
Thunder put together a .291 average and 5 homers in August. He also hit a season high 7 doubles and 26 runs scored. Thunder hit in the final 16 games which is his longest such streak of the season. Lajoie also put together his poorest month but that just means he only hit .316. He also ended the month on an 8-game hitting streak.
September: Lajoie 243, Thornton 87
Thunder limped across the finish line with a .226 average and 6 homers in September. An 0-for-26 slump from the 8th through the 15th doomed any chance Thunder had to catch the Frenchman. Lajoie on the other hand finished the season hitting .345 and his 12 September doubles added up to a Madness record (60).
Andre Thornton: .257/.349/.482/.831, 26 2B, 5 3B, 34 HR, 94 R, 97 RBI, 2 SB, 2.9 WAR
Nap Lajoie: .345/.386/.471/.857, 60 2B, 11 3B, 1 HR, 118 R, 66 RBI, 41 SB, 8.1 WAR
Next Up: #12 SP Steve Hargan (1967) vs. #1 2B Nap Lajoie (1906)
Here are the updated east and west brackets: