A Look Back At The Week Ahead; May 13 to May 19

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

May 13

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

44

2

.527

Home

32

21

1

.604

Road

17

23

1

.425

Extra Innings

6

4

.600

Double Headers

1

0

4

-

Monday

3

6

0

.333

Tuesday

11

4

0

.733

Wednesday

7

6

0

.538

Thursday

1

9

0

.100

Friday

6

8

0

.429

Saturday

11

1

0

.733

Sunday

10

7

2

.588

Orioles/Browns/Brewers

3

6

0

.333

Red Sox

4

5

0

.444

White Sox

6

5

1

.545

Tigers

3

2

0

.600

Royals

2

4

0

.333

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

8

4

0

.667

Yankees

9

10

0

.474

Athletics

4

4

0

.500

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

5

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

2

0

1

1.000

With a doubleheader against the Yankees on the docket, it should be noted that we have played five doubleheaders on this date, one winning sweep and four splits. We have played two doubleheaders against the Yankees on this date, both at home, a split in 1945 and a win in 1962. A sweep on this date will put us over .500 against them on May 13. Anything to take away the bad taste of the 12-1 defeat in Fenway last year. Also, although we have a .527 winning percentage on this date, our pythag is a lowly .451. One of the wins against the Yankees was a home game in 1952, 10-6. Steve Gromek faced off against Bill Miller. The Tribe struck first in the third, when Larry Doby and Dale Mitchell hit back to back shots, putting them up 3-0. Three singles later, the last by Birdie Tebbetts, and the Tribe headed to the fourth with a 4-0 lead. The hit parade continued in the fourth. Doby had an RBI single, right fielder Jim Fridley's single would have loaded the bases, but Johnny Mize's error scored Doby. And ten Ray Boone scored another. This allowed Gromek to cruise with a 7-0 lead. The Yankees broke through with three in the sixth on a Gene Woodling single and a Gil MCDougald homer. In the seventh, Gromek loaded the bases and gave way to Lou Brissie. Yogi Berra got one in on forceout, and Bobby Avila allowed another when he dropped a throw from Tebbetts. Early Wynn relieved in the eighth, and allowed Mickey Mantle to score on a Hank Bauer sngle, making it a one run game. But Ray Boone kyboshed the comeback with a 3 run shot in the bottom half off of Joe Ostrowski.

May 14

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

43

38

1

.558

Home

29

17

1

.614

Road

19

21

0

.540

Extra Innings

4

4

0

.545

Double Headers

2

1

1

-

Monday

6

3

0

.667

Tuesday

8

5

0

.615

Wednesday

7

6

1

.538

Thursday

3

7

0

.300

Friday

6

5

0

.545

Saturday

7

5

0

.583

Sunday

11

7

0

.611

Orioles/Brewers

6

2

0

.750

Red Sox

5

3

0

.625

White Sox

3

4

0

.429

Tigers

6

2

0

.750

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

0

3

0

.000

Brewers

2

1

0

.667

Twins/Senators

9

5

0

.643

Yankees

5

8

1

.385

Athletics

3

5

0

.375

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

2

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

3

1

0

.750

Blue Jays

2

1

0

.667

Another date where the Tribe has a bit of success. The most popular opponent is a tie between the Twins franchise and the Yankees franchise. The best record is the 8-4 mark against the Twins version of the Senators. The longest losing streak is a seven gamer from 1980 to 1987 and the longest winning streak was nine games from 1965 to 1974, with that being part of a 13-2 run from 1954 to 1976. One of the wins in that streak was a 10-9 at home versus the White Sox in 1960. The Tribe had Barry Latman on the rubber versus former Tribe favorite, Herb Score. Neither saw the third inning. Latman gave up 2 in the first on a Al Smith single while Score allowed three on a Jimmy Piersall stolen base/Dick Brown error, a Vic Power double and a Woodie Held foul sacrifice fly. In the second, Latman allowed two walks, an RBI single to Nellie Fox and a hit batter; Carl Thomas put out the fire. Piersall tagged Score for a two run shot also ending his day. Don Ferrarese allowed a John Romano two-run homer in the third. After another Romano RBI (sac fly) the Tribe led 8-3. Another former Tribe hurler, Mike Garcia gave up two more in the fifth, pushing the score to 10-3. After entering in the second, Thomas continually played with fire nd he got burned in the sixth, allowing five runs, the big blast being a two run shot by Dick Brown. He ended the day with 11 baserunners in 4.1 innings. Johnny Klippstein pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing a solo shot to Minnie Minoso, saving the win for Thomas.

May 15

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

46

43

1

.517

Home

28

17

1

.622

Road

18

26

0

.409

Extra Innings

4

4

0

.500

Double Headers

1

1

3

-

Monday

2

7

0

.222

Tuesday

7

5

0

.583

Wednesday

8

4

1

.667

Thursday

7

6

0

.538

Friday

9

4

0

.692

Saturday

8

8

0

.500

Sunday

5

9

0

.357

Orioles

5

2

0

.714

Red Sox

7

3

0

.700

White Sox

3

4

0

.429

Tigers

5

2

0

.714

Royals

0

3

0

.000

Angels

0

1

0

.000

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

9

6

0

.600

Yankees

4

7

1

.364

Athletics

7

7

0

.500

Mariners

0

2

0

.000

Rays

1

1

0

.500

Rangers/Senators

2

1

0

.667

Blue Jays

2

2

0

.500

If recent history is of any value, we have a good shot of winning this matchup. We have a winning percentage on Wednesdays, 8-4 and are in the midst of a 14-4 stretch since 1992, including an eight gamer from 1992 to 2002. The only drawback is the current losing record on the road. This date has an easy game to highlight, a 3-0 win at home versus Toronto in 1981. This was Len Barker's perfect game, which also is the last no-hitter the Tribe has thrown. The Tribe had started off the year on a 15-8 stretch while the Blue Jays were fairly awful, 10-21. A mere 7,290 souls showed up to Municipal Stadium on a Friday night to see Barker take on Luis Leal. After Barker set down the Jays on three ground balls, the offense staked him to a two run lead. Rick Manning singled, and after Jorge Orta popped to short, Mike Hargrove was safe on a grounder to John Mayberry. Andre Thornton hit a sacrifice fly and Ron Hassey plated Hargrove. But Leal was very good after that, scattering five more hits, no walks and five K's, with the only blemish being a solo shot by Orta in the eighth. Meanwhile, Barker was cruising: two flyballs and a grounder in the second, two grounders and a flyball in the third, a flyball and two strikeouts in the fourth and fifth, a grounder and two strikeouts in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. In the ninth, Rick Bosetti fouled out to Harrah, Al Woods pinch hit for Danny Ainge and struckout, leaving pinch hitter Ernie Whitt as the last barrier. The pinch hitter for Buck Martinez flew out to Rick Manning and barker and his Indians teammates celebrated. Barker finished with 11 strikeouts and a GameScore of 98.

May 16

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

36

58

0

.383

Home

21

28

0

.429

Road

15

30

0

.333

Extra Innings

3

5

0

.375

Double Headers

1

0

4

-

Monday

3

6

0

.333

Tuesday

7

7

0

.500

Wednesday

5

8

0

.385

Thursday

4

7

0

.364

Friday

2

11

0

.154

Saturday

6

11

0

.353

Sunday

9

8

0

.529

Orioles/Browns

2

1

0

.667

Red Sox

7

7

0

.500

White Sox

2

4

0

.333

Tigers

4

4

0

.500

Royals

2

1

0

.667

Angels

0

2

0

.000

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

2

10

0

.167

Yankees

3

9

0

.250

Athletics

9

8

0

.529

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rays

1

1

0

.500

Rangers/Senators

3

3

0

.500

Blue Jays

0

5

0

.000

Reds

0

1

0

.000

Luckily, the Tribe has this day off as the .383 winning percentage is way down on the list. The longest win streak on this date was four games, which happened three times, from 1938 to 1942, from 2000 to 2004, and from 1904 to 1908. The 1904-1908 stretch was four straight games against the Red Sox. But hoo-boy, there are some doozy losing streaks: 10 straight from 1921 to 1935; six straight from 1967 to 1975; and fourteen, yes fourteen straight from 1979 to 1993. The highlighted game occurred at Kaufmann Stadium just two seasons ago, a 19-1 shellacking of the Royals. Josh Tomlin took the hill versus Kyle Davies. Davies walked the bases loaded in the first and Nathan Adcock relieved him. Orlando Cabrera made them pay with a two run single. Michael Brantley scored Travis Buck in the second. Vin Mazzaro dodged trouble in the third, but Tomlin was cruising, allowing his first baserunner in the third. But it was the fourth that did the Royals in. The Tribe batted around, scoring ten in the inning, with the key hits being a bases clearing double by Travis Hafner, a two run double by Matt LaPorta and a three run home run by Michael Brantley. Tomlin pitched six strong, only allowing only one run on five hits, no walks and a one strikeout. The piling on continued with four in the fourth and two in the sixth and Justin Germano, Chad Durbin and Vinnie Pestano closing out the victory with three hitless innings.

May 17

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

45

0

.541

Home

33

20

0

.623

Road

20

25

0

.444

Extra Innings

5

5

0

.500

Double Headers

3

3

2

-

Monday

5

2

0

.714

Tuesday

10

6

0

.625

Wednesday

8

3

0

.727

Thursday

7

5

0

.583

Friday

7

10

0

.412

Saturday

8

9

0

.471

Sunday

8

10

0

.444

Orioles/Browns

2

4

0

.333

Red Sox

7

3

0

.700

White Sox

3

4

0

.429

Tigers

2

5

0

.286

Royals

2

1

0

.667

Angels

1

0

0

1.000

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

10

9

0

.526

Yankees

6

9

0

.400

Athletics

10

3

0

.769

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rays

0

2

0

.000

Rangers

3

3

0

.500

Blue Jays

5

1

0

.833

Reds

0

1

0

.000

May 17 might be one of the highest scoring days we have on the calendar. I count eleven games of double digit runs, a 9-2 record in those games. The longest win streak was seven, from 1938 to 1946. We also played the Senators (Twins version) a whopping 15 times from 1910 to 1952. Normally I'd like to highlight a 14-0 whitewashing of the Tigers, but since that happened in 1902, no real good boxscore is available. So we'll use the 18-1 pasting of those Senators in 1940 at League Park II as the highlight game. This one was over after the first as the Tribe plated 10 runs off Sid Hudson and Rene Monteagudo. Lou Boudreau was 3-5 with three runs and RBI whil Jeff Heath was 3-4 with three runs and RBI, along with two homers. Al Milner pitched a complet game, allowing seven hits, one run three walks and five strikeouts.

May 18

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

44

48

0

.478

Home

27

25

0

.519

Road

17

23

0

.425

Extra Innings

3

6

0

.333

Double Headers

1

0

2

-

Monday

3

7

0

.300

Tuesday

8

6

0

.571

Wednesday

5

8

0

.385

Thursday

5

5

0

.500

Friday

6

7

0

.462

Saturday

8

7

0

.533

Sunday

9

8

0

.529

Orioles

2

4

0

.333

Red Sox

6

3

0

.667

White Sox

6

2

0

.750

Tigers

2

3

0

.400

Royals

2

1

0

.667

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

2

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

7

7

0

.500

Yankees

4

9

0

.308

Athletics

7

8

0

.467

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

5

0

.167

Blue Jays

2

1

0

.667

Reds

1

1

0

.500

Marlins

0

1

0

.000

This day has had very little streakiness to it. Last year's loss to the Marlins puts the Tribe on a four game losing streak, the longest streak, winning or losing, ever on this date. The wildest game was the follow-up to the 1902 victory just discussed when the Tribe lost the next day 19-11 in Detroit. The Tribe has thrown six shutouts on this date, including a 13-0 win in Chicago in 1999 and a 19-0 win in Fenway in 1955. Herb Score was fantastic, pitching a shutout, three hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts. The eighth was his only "bad inning" allowing back to back singles. After scoring one in the second and two more in the fourth, it was the fifth that slew the Red Sox. Fifteen batters pounded Willard Nixon and Russ Kemmerer. The big blows were a bases clearing triple by Dave Philley, a grand slam by Vic Wertz and another by Ralph Kiner. Dick Brodowski put out the fire that inning, but allowed five more runs on the seventh.

May 19

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

57

41

0

.582

Home

36

26

0

.581

Road

21

15

0

.583

Extra Innings

4

2

0

.667

Double Headers

3

1

1

-

Monday

4

5

0

.444

Tuesday

7

8

0

.467

Wednesday

8

6

0

.571

Thursday

5

4

0

.556

Friday

12

4

0

.750

Saturday

10

7

0

.588

Sunday

11

7

0

.611

Orioles/Browns

6

3

0

.667

Red Sox

8

2

0

.800

White Sox

2

3

0

.400

Tigers

6

2

0

.750

Royals

1

3

0

.250

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

1

1

0

.500

Twins/Senators

12

5

0

.706

Yankees

7

11

0

.389

Athletics

7

5

0

.583

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

3

0

.250

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

Reds

0

1

0

.000

Marlins

1

0

0

1.000

Pirates

1

0

0

1.000

With a .582 percentage on this day, one would think there were numerous winning streaks, and lengthy ones at that. But this date has two five game win streaks (1994-1999 and 1903-1909) and one six game streak from 1985 to 1990. Let's revisit the 1-0 win in eleven innings in Yankee Stadium in 1935. Lefty Stewart started for the Tribe while Red Ruffing was the Yankee hurler. Neither gave up much. After ten innings Stewart had scattered eight hits and waked only two. Ruffing was even better, but in the eleventh, Willie Kamm singled and pinch hitter Bruce Campbell got him in. The Tribe had no extra base hits. Lloyd Brown came in and retired the Yankees in order, notching his first save of the season.

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