Tribe Madness: Quicken Loans Region semi-finals results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the Quicken Loans Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.
#6 SP CC Sabathia (2007) vs. #2 SP Addie Joss (1908)
April: Joss 39, Sabathia 33
The 2007 Cy Young winner and the Human Hairpin each drew the number one starter spot in the rotation and went head-to-head throughout April. One of the two pitched like an ace and the other pitched like crap. It started with Joss giving up only 1 earned run in a 4-2 win. Addie followed up with a seven hit shutout. He followed it up with three more wins to finish the month 5-0 while Sabathia lost all five decisions. Sabathia finished the month with a 7.00 ERA while Joss had an ERA of 1.87.
May: Joss 102, Sabathia 66
Sabathia's manager didn't waste time and made a move dropping CC to the second spot in the rotation. CC responded by winning his first two May decisions. After only giving up 4 earned runs in his first two starts, Sabathia lost it losing 1-5 then getting hammered for 7 runs in 2.1 innings. Sabathia then found his Cy Young form giving up 1 run in winning his final two starts. After splitting his first two starts Addie Joss tallied a 4-game win streak to be 10-1 with a 1.45 ERA.
June: Joss 168, Sabathia 120
In five of his six starts in June, CC gave up three or fewer runs but only won two of those games. In two of his losses his defense abandoned him which contributed to 9 unearned runs on those two games. For the month, he was only 2-4 but his 3.02 ERA was his best of the season. Joss is 3-for-3 this season with months of ERA's below 2.00 as he went 4-2 in June with a 1.67 ERA. The Human Hairpin did it by not allowing more than 1 walk in any start and held the Sabbies to 3 earned runs or less in all starts. His best start in June was a 3-hit shutout.
July: Joss 228, Sabathia 168
After losing his first start in July, the 2008 Cy Young winner went on a 4-game winning streak and then had back-to-back games in which he gave up 4 runs as he dropped to 10-14. He then came back to win the July finale 6-5. It was good news and bad news for the Human Hairpin in July. The bad news is that for the first time in the season, his monthly ERA rose above 2.00 (2.33). The good news is that he built on his lead over CC by going 5-2.
August: Joss 301, Sabathia 222
CC battled back to even his season record at 14-14 but then dropped his final two games. In spite of getting shelled in his final start (7 runs/3 earned in 1.2 innings), CC had his best ERA of the season (2.06). Addie Joss won his first game in August 11-4 to join the 20 win club but he didn't stop there winning 4 of 6 decisions while limiting the Sabbies to 1.25 earned runs per every 9 innings.
September: Joss 363, Sabathia 231
CC Sabathia limped to the end going 2-4 in September and his ERA soared to 5.36. Throughout the season, CC struggled to get out of innings as the Addies hit .278 with 11 homers off of the big lefty with two outs. Those numbers were the highest numbers off of CC. Despite a 3-3 September and an 0-1 loss to end the season, Joss finished off Sabathia.
C.C. Sabathia: 16-20, 4.03 ERA, 266 IP, 119 ER, 76 BB, 286 K, 1.34 WHIP, 7.7 WAR
Addie Joss: 26-10, 1.70 ERA, 338.1 IP, 64 ER, 35 BB, 179 K, 0.97 WHIP, 12.1 WAR
#8 SP Mike Garcia (1952) vs. #5 2B Joe Gordon (1947)
April: Garcia 36, Gordon 9
Mike “The Big Bear” Garcia went 7 innings of two hit ball on opening day and gave up no runs in a 9-6 victory. The Big Bear dropped his second start 2-4 but came back for a 2-1 win. He repeated the win-loss pattern for all his six April starts as the Big Bear went 3-3 with a 2.38 ERA. Joe “Flash” Gordon struggled through two-thirds of the month and was hitting a paltry .188 on the 20th. Flash then rallied to finish the month with a .229 average with 4 homers.
May: Garcia 84, Gordon 27
The Big Bear started off May with a 1-2 mark then won his final two starts. In four of his seven May starts, Garcia gave up one earned run as he posted a 2.55 ERA in May. Gordon's April slump continued through May as he hit only .196 with 4 homers and 18 RBI. It got worse as he finished May in a dismal 3-for-45 spiral.
June: Garcia 147, Gordon 45
With a big lead heading into June, the Big Bear wasn't going to let Flash back in the contest and he didn't. Garcia won his first four games in June giving up only 5 earned runs including a 3-hit shutout to cap a 6-game winning streak. Garcia dropped a 1-6 decision but came back to win a 12-3 contest. Flash needs the alarm clock to go off because he's been sleeping throughout this season. He must have pushed the snooze button in June as he struggled again to a .222 average and for the third consecutive month put 4 balls over the fence.
July: Garcia 180, Gordon 69
Garcia split his first two July decisions then finished the month by winning three. In a three game stretch (two wins and a no decision), the Big Bear held the Flashers to only one earned run per game. Flash's bat still hasn't woken up as he hit only .229 in July (tied for his highest total this season) as he once again belted 4 homers.
August: Garcia 231, Gordon 93
The Big Bear used a 3-1 record with a 2.25 ERA to put him on the precipice of punching his ticket into the regional championship game. He won his first three decisions in August to stretch his win streak to six games. In his final two wins of the streak, Garcia gave up no runs in 17.1 innings including a 4-hit shutout. Flash woke up in August hitting .300 but only hit two homers. He did it with two 4-hit games and a 6-game hitting streak.
September: Garcia 243, Gordon 108
The Big Bear coasted to the victory as he went 2-2 with a 5.12 ERA in September. Garcia had to win his final two to join the 20-win club and he did it with a 3-0 victory in which he gave up 3 hits in 7 innings. Flash Gordon belted a season best 8 homers but saw his average fall back to .226 for the month. Garcia really dominated Flash as he only got 19 hits (.143 average) all year off the Big Bear and only 1 homer.
Mike Garcia: 20-10, 2.69 ERA, 304.1 IP, 91 ER, 78 BB, 184 K, 1.17 WHIP, 8.1 WAR
Joe Gordon: .234/.292/.410/.702, 23 2B, 5 3B, 26 HR, 92 R, 105 RBI, 12 SB, 3.6 WAR
Next Up: #2 SP Addie Joss (1908) vs. #8 SP Mike Garcia (1952)
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