A Look Back At The Week Ahead; May 27 to June 2

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

May 27

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

46

1

.516

Home

25

16

0

.610

Road

24

30

1

.444

Extra Innings

3

3

0

.500

Double Headers

1

3

2

-

Monday

3

8

0

.273

Tuesday

9

7

0

.563

Wednesday

5

10

0

.333

Thursday

6

3

0

.667

Friday

10

2

1

.833

Saturday

8

7

0

.533

Sunday

8

9

0

.471

Orioles/Browns

14

7

0

.667

Red Sox

2

6

1

.250

White Sox

8

10

0

.444

Tigers

3

7

0

.300

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Brewers

2

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

3

3

0

.500

Yankees

5

4

0

.556

Athletics

8

1

0

.889

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

1

1

0

.500

Rays

1

2

0

.333

Blue Jays

0

3

0

.000

Most of the positive damage on this date was during the 1919-1939 stretch, going 16-4. That included 10 games against the St. Louis Browns, none of them being doubleheaders. They went 7-3 in those ten games, but only 2-3 in the five straight seasons they played them from 1925-1929. Let's look at the last victory of that ten game stretch, a 12-2 win at home in 1936. Oral Hildebrand took the hill and was spotted an 8-1 lead by the end of the third inning. He wouldn't need any more support, but his outing was far from dominant. He did pitch a complete game, only allowing five hits and one earned run. But he also walked seven while striking out six. Meanwhile, the offense was peppering the Browns pitchers Roy Mahaffey, Russ Van Atta, Les Tietje and Ivy Andrews for 21 hits, including five doubles, three triples and one round-tripper by Hal Trosky, his tenth on the season. All in all, every starter got a hit, with seven of the nine getting at least two. In fact, every starter got an extra base hit except for second baseman Roy Hughes and Hildebrand. The star of the game was catcher Billy Sullivan who went five for six, two runs, three RBI and two doubles.

May 28

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

46

1

.535

Home

24

18

0

.571

Road

29

28

1

.509

Extra Innings

4

2

0

.667

Double Headers

1

1

6

-

Monday

4

6

0

.400

Tuesday

8

7

0

.533

Wednesday

9

6

0

.600

Thursday

5

6

0

.455

Friday

8

6

0

.571

Saturday

9

5

0

.643

Sunday

10

10

1

.500

Orioles/Browns

10

7

0

.588

Red Sox

3

5

0

.375

White Sox

14

10

1

.583

Tigers

6

10

0

.375

Royals

2

0

0

1.000

Angels

2

2

0

.500

Brewers

0

2

0

.000

Twins/Senators

3

3

0

.500

Yankees

1

2

0

.333

Athletics

7

4

0

.636

Rangers

2

0

0

1.000

Rays

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

2

0

0

1.000

The most common opponent on this date is none other than the White Sox, 25% of the time. Although the Pythag on this date isn't that far off, (.545 vs. .535), the Tribe has thrown 12 shutouts on this date. The last one was a 9-0 score in Detroit in 2006. The Tribe scored three in the first on a double by Grady Sizemore, a Jhonny Peralta RBI single and Travis Hafner homer off Kenny Rogers. They picked up two more in the fourth when Tim Laker drove in Lou Merloni and Aaron Boone on a double. Meanwhile, Indian starter Jason Johnson kept putting up zeroes, scattering six hits, walking no one and striking out two in six innings. Eric Wedge went to the bullpen in the seventh, using Fernando Cabrera, Scott Sauerbeck and Rafael Betancourt to face five batters. Any suspense in the game was eliminated in the eighth when Jason Michaels hit a grand slam off Bobby Seay to conclude the scoring. Fausto Carmona and Bob Wickman finished off the eighth and ninth.

May 29

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

49

44

0

.527

Home

25

20

0

.556

Road

24

24

0

.500

Extra Innings

4

3

0

.571

Double Headers

1

1

6

-

Monday

5

5

0

.500

Tuesday

7

6

0

.538

Wednesday

7

7

0

.500

Thursday

5

1

0

.833

Friday

6

7

0

.462

Saturday

9

7

0

.563

Sunday

10

11

0

.476

Orioles/Browns

6

8

0

.429

Red Sox

0

2

0

.000

White Sox

16

7

0

.696

Tigers

13

5

0

.722

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Angels

1

3

0

.250

Brewers

3

3

0

.500

Twins/Senators

0

5

0

.000

Yankees

1

4

0

.200

Athletics

6

2

0

.750

Rangers/Senators

0

1

0

.000

Rays

1

3

0

.250

Blue Jays

2

0

0

1.000

We absolutely love to play the Tigers on this date, going 13-5 against them. But this day also has some lengthy winning streaks of note. There is a seven gamer from 1910 to 1918 and another seven gamer from 1949 to 1957. The only victory in the last six games was a wild 13-11 game in the Bronx in 2010. I am still not exactly sure how the Indians won this game. The starting lineup looked like this: Crowe CF, Choo RF, Kearns LF, Peralta 3B, Duncan DH, Grudzielank 2B, LaPorta 1B, Marson C, Donald SS. Oh, and the matchup was David Huff against CC Sababthia. Not surprising, but Huff didn't get out of the third, but he did manage to only give up three runs. It was Aaron Laffey who did most of the damage, allowing six runs in the next inning and a third. And by the time Hector Ambriz had closed out the fifth, the Tribe was down 10-4. Marson finished off Sabathia's day in the sixth with an RBI double, Sababthia's fifth earned run. David Robertson relieved in the seventh and hit Crowe with a pitch. Choo flew out, and after Crowe stole second, Kearns drove him in on a single. Sergio Mitre entered and walked Peralta on four pitches. Damaso Marte relieved and induced pinch hitter Russell Branyan to fly out. Girardi called on Joba Chamberlain to finish off the inning, but he was a tire fire. A single to Grudzielanek, a walk to LaPorta, back to back doubles by Marson and Donald, a single by Crowe, and finally Choo struck out to end the inning. But the Tribe had put up a seven spot and led 12-10. Branyan hit a solo shot off Chad Gaudin in the eighth and Kerry Wood allowed a single run in the ninth to reach the final tally of 13-11.

May 30

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

77

84

1

.478

Home

48

39

0

.552

Road

29

45

1

.392

Extra Innings

2

8

0

.200

Double Headers

12

19

26

-

Monday

15

7

0

.682

Tuesday

16

8

1

.667

Wednesday

11

15

0

.423

Thursday

11

12

0

.478

Friday

7

18

0

.280

Saturday

10

13

0

.435

Sunday

7

11

0

.389

Orioles/Browns

11

10

1

.524

Red Sox

4

2

0

.667

White Sox

33

29

0

.532

Tigers

10

16

0

.385

Royals

2

1

0

.667

Angels

5

3

0

.625

Brewers

2

4

0

.333

Twins

3

1

0

.750

Yankees/Orioles

1

7

0

.125

Athletics

4

7

0

.364

Mariners

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

1

2

0

.333

And welcome to Doubleheader Day. A massive amount of 57 doubleheaders have been played on this date, mostly associated with the Memorial Day. Prior to 1971, Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was also called) was always on May 30, not just the last Monday of the month. The huge number of doubleheaders led to the most games ever on one day (at least so far) at 162. In fact, from 1901 to 1969, there were only 11 solo games played. Since 1969, only one doubleheader has been played on this date, in 1984. Of those 57 doubleheaders, 26 were against the rival White Sox. That is a crazy total. From 2000 to 2008, the Tribe had a eight game win streak. The game to review on this date is surprisingly not from a doubleheader, but a 1-0 win against the Angels in Municipal Stadium in 1977. This pitcher's duel was between Dennis Eckersley and Frank Tanana. In the first, Eckersley induced the Angels into a grounder to him, a strikeout, a walk to first baseman Tony Solaita and a flyball. In the bottom half, the Tribe got a triple from power hitter(!) Duane Kuiper, who then scored on a squeeze by Jim Norris. Rico Carty then doubled, but was stranded. And that was pretty much the ballgame. Tanana allowed a walk to Buddy Bell and a single to Paul Dade in the second, but got out of the inning with a double play. Carty got another single in the fourth and Bruce Bochte got a single in the seventh, but both were erased on double plays by Larvell Blanks. Tanana pitched a complete game and faced the minimum number of hitters from the third inning on. Eckersley was even better by not allowing another baserunner all game. Well technically Bobby Bonds reached first in the eighth on a wild pitch strikeout. But he too was erased on a double play. He finished with a one walk no-hitter, pitching to one over the limit and a game score of 98. That included 12 strikeouts, four grounders and 11 fly balls.

May 31

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

57

41

0

.582

Home

33

21

0

.611

Road

24

20

0

.545

Extra Innings

6

4

0

.600

Double Headers

5

1

6

-

Monday

16

9

0

.640

Tuesday

6

5

0

.545

Wednesday

8

2

0

.800

Thursday

3

6

0

.333

Friday

5

7

0

.417

Saturday

7

6

0

.538

Sunday

12

6

0

.667

Orioles/Browns

11

7

0

.611

Red Sox

1

2

0

.333

White Sox

10

10

0

.500

Tigers

12

6

0

.667

Royals

0

3

0

.000

Angels

3

1

0

.750

Brewers

2

2

0

.500

Twins/Senators

3

1

0

.750

Yankees/Orioles

4

4

0

.500

Athletics

3

3

0

.500

Mariners

2

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

3

1

0

.750

Blue Jays

3

1

0

.750

Welcome to another good date in history. The perfect convergence on this date would be home game on Wednesday against the Tigers. We have yet to face the Rays franchise on this date, our opponent in 2013. The longest win streak on this date is seven games from 1998 to 2007. The Indians have only been shut out three times on this day, 1927, 1948 and 1963. The wildest game on this day was actually the first game in 1901, when the Tribe lost 15-14 to the Philadelphia Athletics. But since we don't like to dwell on losses, let's review the 11-9 victory over the Tigers in 1991. Eric King started for the Indians and allowed one in the first. Kevin Ritz was the Tigers' starter and he didn't finish the first, allowing four singles and two walks. Mark Leiter came in and promptly gave up a two run double to Joel Skinner and the Tribe was up 5-1. Travis Fryman got one more back in the second for the Tigers, but Alex Cole scored on an stolen base and error at third and Brook Jacoby singled in two, Tribe now up 8-2. King gave up two more in the third and didn't get out of the fourth. Luckily Sergio Valdez kept them off the board that inning. Bur he did allow two in the fifth to make it an 8-6 game. Felix Fermin extended the lead by two more in the sixth, but was thrown out at home on his bid for an inside the park home run. Valdes and Shawn Hillegas gave up three more in the seventh, making it a one run affair. Brook Jacoby got an insurance run in the ninth on a solo homer off Paul Gibson and Hillegas finished the game, earning a three inning save, striking out four.

June 1

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

43

46

0

.483

Home

23

24

0

.489

Road

20

22

0

.476

Extra Innings

2

2

0

.500

Double Headers

0

1

3

-

Monday

4

5

0

.444

Tuesday

4

6

0

.400

Wednesday

7

5

0

.583

Thursday

7

5

0

.583

Friday

9

6

0

.600

Saturday

7

9

0

.438

Sunday

5

10

0

.333

Orioles/Browns

5

6

0

.455

Red Sox

3

4

0

.429

White Sox

7

1

0

.875

Tigers

15

4

0

.789

Royals

2

2

0

.500

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

3

4

0

.429

Yankees

2

9

0

.182

Athletics

1

9

0

.100

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rangers/Senators

0

2

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

If I had to suppose, this day has been rife with rain outs over the years as there are a mere 89 games of record. How the Tribe is this close to even on this date is remarkable as from 1938 to 1949 they lost 11 straight games. However, this is another day the Tigers hate to see us as we have beaten them 15 of 19. The most recent win was a 12-11 slugfest in 2007, but the largest margin of victory is 13 runs, which happened twice. There was a 14-1 victory in 1927 at home, and a 17-4 win in Detroit in 1923. George Uhle faced off against Ken Holloway. Holloway only allowed three hits, but walked seven in 3.1 innings, giving up five runs. Ole Olson relieved, but he was no better, and at the end of five, the Indians were up 10-1. They tacked on two more in the seventh off Rip Collins and five more on Ray Francis in the eighth and ninth. Uhle was far from dominant, giving up 11 hits, but only one walk. He faltered a bit in the eighth, giving up three, two on a Ty Cobb triple. But he more than made up for those himself by going four for four with four runs and three RBI, including three doubles. Joe Sewell was three for four with three runs scored, a triple and a sacrifice. Bill Wambsganss drove in five while Homer Summa took the collar, zero for six.

June 2

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

51

53

0

.490

Home

26

21

0

.553

Road

25

32

0

.439

Extra Innings

2

3

0

.400

Double Headers

4

0

4

-

Monday

5

4

0

.556

Tuesday

10

7

0

.588

Wednesday

6

10

0

.375

Thursday

7

5

0

.583

Friday

6

10

0

.375

Saturday

6

10

0

.375

Sunday

11

7

0

.611

Orioles/Browns

5

7

0

.417

Red Sox

9

7

0

.563

White Sox

3

2

0

.600

Tigers

7

6

0

.538

Royals

1

1

0

.500

Angels

1

4

0

.200

Brewers/Pilots

5

1

0

.833

Twins/Senators

4

7

0

.364

Yankees/Orioles

6

7

0

.462

Athletics

5

5

0

.500

Mariners

2

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

2

3

0

.400

Blue Jays

1

2

0

.333

Cardinals

0

1

0

.000

This date hasn't been too kind to our Tribe lately. They have lost 10 of their last 13, including the last four. The longest win streak was six games, way back in 1917 to 1922. The most impressive win was a 15-0 whitewashing of the Senators back in 1956. Herb Score had a great game, sort of in this one. He only allowed three singles, one to Whitey Herzog and two to Eddie Yost. He also struck out thirteen, but walked eight. He still finished with a Game Score of 86. Meanwhile, the offense put six on the board in the fourth, three on singles by Score, Chico Carrasquel and Al Smith, and three more on a Sam Mele double. Vic Wertz and Rocky Colavito both hit solo shots in the seventh. They got six more in the eighth, four on a grand slam by Jim Hegan, and Mele completed the scoring with another solo shot in the ninth.

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