Tribe Madness: Super Regional III & IV results
Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament continues through the Super Regional which pits the region winners from the Quicken Loans Region and First Energy Region as well as the Progressive Field Region and Jacobs Field Region against one another. Two players will be eliminated, and the two winners will face off against one another in the Final Four round.
For an overview of how the tournament works, go here.
Gateway Super-Regional Regional Championship
Quicken Loans Region Champion #2 SP Addie Joss(1908)
First Energy Region Champion #11 OF/1B Tito Francona (1959)
One of two #2 seeds left, so far this tournament the Quicken Loans region champion Addie “The Human Hairpin” Joss has downed one of the Big Four (Mike Garcia), a Cy Young winner (CC Sabathia) and two 21st century Indians (Ellis Burks and Jhonny Peralta). The first Indian to throw a perfect game looks to take down the surprise of the tournament, First Energy champion Tito Francona. Tito, the #11 seed, pulled four upsets to make it this far but he has his sights on the Madness Championship. Tito didn't take over the starting position in 1959 until June and one has to wonder what could have been had he been given the job out of spring training.
April: Joss 57, Francona 39
If April is any indication, this contest should be one heck of a contest. It all started with the Joss-ters taking a 4-3 win in which Addie went 8.2 innings for the win. Addie followed up with 8 innings and a 4-2 win. He then rattled off three complete games; winning two and losing one but only surrendering 5 runs in the three games. Joss capped his successful month off with a 5-3 win to finish 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA. While Joss held Tito hitless on opening day, Tito rebounded with a 9-game hitting streak to raise his average to .409. He then went on a 12-for-21 stretch which saw his average swell to .441. Seven times in April Tito collected 3 hits in a game but he only hit one home run.
May: Joss 138, Francona 60
In his first May start Addie Joss kept the pressure on Tito by throwing a 2-hit shutout. He had to take the mound in the tenth inning in start number two but didn't get a decision. It wasn't until start number three before the Human Hairpin gave up an earned run in a 2-1 win (20.1 innings of shutout ball to start May). Addie then lost a 2-5 decision in his only loss of the month. The loss sparked a run where Addie pitched 27.1 innings and gave up no earned runs (4 unearned). Joss finished May with a 4-1 record and a microscopic 0.72 ERA. After a .422 April, Tito's .305 May seems so small. He did hit 4 homers and drive in 20 runs (both of which bested his April numbers). Things could have been worse as Tito ended May with a 5-for-7 game with 2 doubles and an RBI. That game went 15 innings.
June: Joss 189, Francona 93
The Human Hairpin's first five starts in June left him 2-2 with his two losses being disasters (9 earned runs in 7.2 innings and 5 earned runs in 8 innings). Joss then found his rhythm finishing out June with two wins and only 2 earned runs in 18 innings. His 3.98 June ERA was the highest mark on the season thus far. Tito started off June by hitting in his first 8 games (10 games total including May). He finished off the streak with a 4-for-4 game with a run and and RBI. He finished the streak at 13 games. The outfielder/first baseman from Aliquippa PA, posted a .382 average in June with 3 homers and 21 RBI.
July: Joss 234, Francona 126
Independence Day was a tough luck day for Addie Joss as the Human Hairpin gave up 3 unearned runs in a 0-5 loss. His second July loss occurred five days later as two more unearned runs victimized the righty (4-5). Joss got into the July win column in his next start as he gave up one earned run in an 8-2 win. He split his final four starts to finish July with a 3-4 record with a 2.85 ERA. It's beginning to look like Tito's upset run may come to an end in the round of 8. In July he hit .309 with 4 homers and 18 RBI and sports a season .349 average with 14 homers.
August: Joss 303, Francona 168
Addie Joss won his first two starts in August with the second win a 6-hit shutout. He then went 5 consecutive starts without getting a decision. In one game he went 12.1 innings of 4-hit no run ball but his team lost in 15 innings. His 2-0 August was accompanied by a 2.95 ERA. Tito hit a season best 10 homers with a .328 average. He had 2 multi-homer games in August including a 4-for-4 game with 2 solo homers.
September: Joss 342, Francona 213
Addie Joss lost his first September start then won his next four starts to finish the season with 20+ wins. Tito for his part went out on a positive note hitting .350 with 8 homers.
Addie Joss: 22-10, 2.77 ERA, 344.1 IP, 106 R, 41 BB, 199 K, 1.13 WHIP, 11.4 WAR
Tito Francona: .346/.390/.534/.924, 24 2B, 4 3B, 32 HR, 110 R, 117 RBI, 3 SB, 7.1 WAR
Carnegie and Ontario Super-Regional Championship
Progressive Field Region Champion #1 OF Joe Jackson (1912)
Jacobs Field Region Champion #1 SS Lou Boudreau (1948)
In a battle of two number one seeds, Joe hit .400 to take the Progressive Region Championship having downed a tough southpaw (Sam McDowell), a batting champion (Bobby Avila), and a Cy Young winner (Rick Sutcliffe). In the other corner is a player-manager of a World Series Champion in Lou “Old Shufflefoot” Boudreau. Lou took down a one-time Indians Home Run champion (Earl Averill), one of the Big Four pitchers (Bob Lemon), and a Rookie of the Year (Joe Charboneau), not to mention #2 seed George Uhle.
April: Boudreau 63, Jackson 48
Like with the Gateway-Super Regional April, this contest's April was an incredible start for these two competitors. Shoeless Joe Jackson sprinted out to a .458 average after six games. His average dipped below .400 the over the next 3 games but a 4-for-5 outing put him up to .419. Another 4-for-5 day just 5 games later saw his average soar to .441 only to finish the month at .395 with 8 doubles and 2 triples. Game six on the season saw Lou “Old Shufflefoot” Boudreau find his power stroke knocking out his first two homers of the year. He added 3 more while driving in 24 in April with a .361 average.
May: Jackson 108, Boudreau 102
Shoeless Joe rolled off a 16-game hitting streak to start off May and his average climbed as high as .419. In only two May games was Shoeless held hitless but he was unable to maintain the .400 pace and his average dipped to .393. Joe rallied to finish May with a 5-for-10 run to enter June with a .399 average. Joe belted his first homer in May and drove in 13 runs. Lou Boudreau cooled off of his torrid April pace hitting .311 with 2 homers and 15 RBI. After a hot start to May, Old Shufflefoot suffered a 2-for-13 slump which initiated his cooling off.
June: Jackson 168, Boudreau 165
On June 18th, the Shoeless Ones belted the Boudries 12-6 and Shoeless Joe was the spark going 4-for-8 with 2 triples, a run and 3 RBI. That game raised Joe's average up over the .400 mark. It was a brief moment in the lofty stratosphere as Jackson went 4 for his next 22 at bats. Joe finished June with a.353 average with one homer, 8 triples, 18 RBI and 17 Runs. Handsome Lou hit 5 homers in June while hitting .318 with 14 RBI and 18 runs to keep pace.
July: Jackson 264, Boudreau 246
Jackson's run at the magical .400 mark started with an 8-game hitting streak to start July and after a 2-for-3 night, Shoeless Joe was sitting at .400. His spot there was short lived because Joe went 0 for his next 7 but he then hit in every game the rest of the month (18) to sit at .414 with 2 months to go. Joe's July was incredible as he hit .495 with 1 homer and 25 RBI. He also added 9 doubles and 5 triples. Old Shufflefoot Boudreau had an excellent month to stay within striking distance by hitting a robust .348 with 4 homers and 18 RBI. Lou's month would have been better but he finished July on a 4-for-20 run.
August: Jackson 321, Boudreau 312
Shoeless Joe Jackson hit in his first 12 August games to stretch his season best hitting streak to 30 games and maintained a .400 average all month long. Joe enters the final month with a .402 average after hitting .356 with a home, 9 doubles and 5 triples in August. But chasing .400 isn't the only thing on Joe's mind as he is battling Old Shufflefoot Lou Boudreau for a spot in the Madness final four. Lou hit .320 in August with 3 homers and 17 RBI to stay within reach of Jackson.
September: Jackson 366, Boudreau 336
Jackson kicked off September on a 14-for-34 start with 4 doubles, 2 triples and a homer to extend his lead of Lou Boudreau to 30 points. Lou started off hitting only .200 in his first 30 at bats (Jackson 345, Boudreau 315). Lou's slump continued into the second week of September as he went 5-for-24 and was still looking for his first long ball while Joe hit .316 but was still clinging to his .400 dream (Jackson 357, Boudreau 318). Joe Jackson wasn't going to let anything stop him from advancing and reaching his .400 dream. He hit .440 in the third week while Lou continued to struggle and fall behind until a 3-for-5 Monday with 2 homers to start the final week of the season (Jackson 363, Boudreau 327). Those were the only two homers that Lou would hit in September as he finished September with a .245 average. Jackson went 8-for-24 to end the season and accomplished both goals of advancing and making it into the .400 club.
Joe Jackson: .401/.479/.601/1.080, 48 2B, 28 3B, 5 HR, 101 R, 84 RBI, 43 SB, 12.2 WAR
Lou Boudreau: .316/.422/.486/.908, 31 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR, 90 R, 107 RBI, 0 SB, 11.2 WAR
Next Up: #2 Quicken Loans SP Addie Joss (1908) vs. #1 Progressive Field OF Joe Jackson (1912)
Here is the updated bracket: