A Look Back At The Week Ahead; March 31 to April 7

This is the baseball(s) - Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

A look back at how the Tribe has fared historically on each calendar day for the upcoming week.

This is a first in what I hope to be a weekly series ...

March 31

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

3

1

0

.750

Home

1

0

0

1.000

Road

2

1

0

.667

Extra Innings

0

1

0

.000

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

1

1

0

.500

Tuesday

1

0

0

1.000

Sunday

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

1

0

0

1.000

Orioles

0

1

0

.000

White Sox

1

0

0

1.000

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

The 1998 game was in Seattle where the Tribe had a thrilling 10-9 victory by scoring 4 runs in the 8th, sparked by a Lofton triple, a Manny double and the game winner scoring on a Fryman bases loaded walk. The only loss was in extra innings on the road to the Orioles in 2003. There is no game scheduled in 2013 on this date.

April 1

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

1

1

0

.500

Home

0

1

0

.000

Road

1

0

0

1.000

Extra Innings

-

-

-

-

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Wednesday

1

0

0

1.000

Friday

0

1

0

.000

White Sox

0

1

0

.000

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Only two seasons have ever had a game played on April Fools Day. The loss was the forgettable Opening Day 15-10 home massacre in 2011 while the 9-7 victory was in Seattle, powered by two Manny homers. There is no game scheduled in 2013 on this date.

April 2

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

4

5

0

.444

Home

1

3

0

.250

Road

3

2

0

.600

Extra Innings

-

-

-

-

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

1

1

0

.500

Tuesday

0

2

0

.000

Wednesday

3

0

0

1.000

Saturday

0

1

0

.000

Sunday

0

1

0

.000

Angels

0

1

0

.000

Orioles

1

0

0

1.000

White Sox

2

3

0

.400

Yankees

0

1

0

.000

Athletics

1

0

0

1.000

Amazingly enough, five of the nine games on this date have been against rival Chicago, and three of them have been at home. The largest victory was one of the road games in Chicago, 12-5 in 2007. The 2013 game this year is on the road in Toronto on a Tuesday. Hopefully we get the first Tuesday win ever on this date.

April 3

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

7

3

0

.700

Home

2

2

0

.500

Road

5

1

0

.833

Extra Innings

-

-

-

-

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

2

0

0

1.000

Tuesday

1

0

0

1.000

Wednesday

1

1

0

.500

Thursday

1

2

0

.667

Friday

1

0

0

1.000

Sunday

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

2

0

0

1.000

Orioles

2

0

0

1.000

White Sox

1

1

0

.500

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Yankees

0

1

0

.000

Athletics

0

1

0

.000

Rangers

1

0

0

1.000

If history holds true, the Tribe should win on the road against the Blue Jays as they hold a 7-3 all-time record and a 5-1 record on the road. The four victories against the Angels and Orioles were all in row from 1998 to 2003.

April 4

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

6

5

0

.545

Home

2

0

0

1.000

Road

4

5

0

.444

Extra Innings

1

1

0

.500

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

2

2

0

.500

Tuesday

1

0

0

1.000

Wednesday

2

0

0

1.000

Friday

0

3

0

.000

Saturday

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

1

1

0

.500

White Sox

3

1

0

.750

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Athletics

1

1

0

.500

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

0

1

0

.000

The best victory on this date was again the 1998 squad. They continued the opening road trip in Anaheim with a 11-0 whitewashing of the Halos. Powered by a homer by Manny (again) and two more from Fryman, Colon pitched a shutout with ten strikeouts. The game in Toronto will be the first Thursday game on this date.

April 5

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

6

10

0

.375

Home

1

3

0

.250

Road

5

7

0

.417

Extra Innings

1

2

0

.333

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

0

3

0

.000

Tuesday

1

0

0

1.000

Wednesday

1

1

0

.500

Thursday

1

3

0

.250

Friday

1

1

0

.500

Saturday

1

2

0

.333

Sunday

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

2

0

0

1.000

Orioles

0

1

0

.000

Red Sox

1

1

0

.500

White Sox

1

2

0

.333

Tigers

1

0

0

1.000

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Twins

0

1

0

.000

Yankees

0

1

0

.000

Athletics

0

1

0

.000

Rangers

1

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

0

2

0

.000

The Tribe will start their second series in 2013 on the road in Tampa. This is the earliest we have faced that franchise in the season. So far, this is the worst winning percentage day. Last year was a home opening day loss in 16 innings to the Blue Jays.

April 6

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

9

11

0

.450

Home

3

1

0

.750

Road

6

10

0

.375

Extra Innings

0

1

0

.000

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

1

3

0

.250

Tuesday

0

3

0

.000

Wednesday

2

2

0

.500

Thursday

0

2

0

.000

Friday

2

0

0

1.000

Saturday

2

1

0

.667

Sunday

2

0

0

1.000

Angels

1

1

0

.500

Orioles

1

2

0

.333

Red Sox

1

0

0

1.000

White Sox

0

1

0

.000

Tigers

1

1

0

.500

Royals

1

0

0

1.000

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins

0

1

0

.000

Yankees

0

1

0

.000

Athletics

2

1

0

.667

Rangers

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

The variety of teams played on this date is fairly high considering there are only 20 games to date. It is not surprising that 16 of those 20 games have been on the road. This year will only add to that disparity. The highlight of this date was in 1997 when Brian Giles and Sandy Alomar both homered in the 9th off of Troy Percival to beat the Angels in Anaheim.

April 7

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

19

5

0

.792

Home

7

3

0

.700

Road

12

2

0

.857

Extra Innings

2

2

0

.500

Double Headers

-

-

-

-

Monday

2

1

0

.667

Tuesday

0

1

0

.000

Wednesday

4

0

0

1.000

Thursday

6

0

0

1.000

Friday

3

0

0

1.000

Saturday

2

2

0

.500

Sunday

2

1

0

.667

Orioles

1

2

0

.333

Red Sox

3

0

0

1.000

White Sox

2

0

0

1.000

Tigers

2

0

0

1.000

Angels

1

1

0

.500

Twins

2

0

0

1.000

Yankees

2

1

0

.667

Athletics

1

0

0

1.000

Mariners

2

0

0

1.000

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

1

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

It will not surprise me if this date ends up having the highest winning percentage of all the days on the calendar. Nineteen wins in 24 games is most impressive. The Tribe will finish up their opening week road trip on a Sunday in Tampa. The only previous trip to Tampa was in 2000 which resulted in a 14-5 shellacking of the Devil Rays (they wouldn't drop Devil until 2008). The Indians pelted Juan Guzman in the 2nd inning, scoring a total of nine runs (seven off Guzman), including a Vizquel grand slam and a solo shot by Thome. Justice cranked a two-run shot off reliever Dave Eiland shortly after his entrance.

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