A Look Back At The Week Ahead; June 17 to June 23

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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

June 17

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

55

48

0

.534

Home

36

29

0

.554

Road

19

19

0

.500

Extra Innings

4

3

0

.571

Double Headers

7

2

2

-

Monday

4

3

0

.571

Tuesday

9

9

0

.500

Wednesday

8

8

0

.500

Thursday

7

8

0

.467

Friday

12

4

0

.750

Saturday

9

6

0

.600

Sunday

6

10

0

.375

Orioles

1

2

0

.333

Red Sox

15

6

0

.714

White Sox

1

2

0

.333

Tigers

5

4

0

.556

Royals

1

3

0

.250

Angels

1

0

0

1.000

Brewers

1

3

0

.250

Twins/Senators

11

3

0

.786

Yankees

7

9

0

.438

Athletics

6

8

0

.429

Mariners

0

2

0

.000

Senators

2

1

0

.667

Reds

1

0

0

1.000

Pirates

1

2

0

.333

Rockies

0

1

0

.000

Diamondbacks

1

0

0

1.000

Mets

0

2

0

.000

Braves

1

0

0

1.000

The perfect scenario here would be if this was a Friday against the Twins. But the most common opponent has been the Red Sox, including nine straight from 1911 to 1935. This year's opponent is the Royals, who we beat just once, back in 1989, 4-3. The Indians got two in the first on a Joe Carter home run. The Royals responded with three in the top of the second on a Frank White RBI groundout and a two run shot by Rey Palacios. Carter continued his mastery of Mark Gubicza by singling home two more in the third, taking back the lead. Scott Bailes only allowed two more baserunners through the eighth. Doug Jones came in and had a one walk save.

June 18

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

51

48

0

.515

Home

35

28

0

.556

Road

16

20

0

.444

Extra Innings

2

2

0

.500

Double Headers

2

2

2

-

Monday

3

4

0

.429

Tuesday

6

7

0

.462

Wednesday

8

8

0

.500

Thursday

5

6

0

.455

Friday

10

5

0

.667

Saturday

9

7

0

.563

Sunday

10

11

0

.476

Orioles/Browns

3

4

0

.429

Red Sox

14

7

0

.667

White Sox

2

4

0

.333

Tigers

5

2

0

.714

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

1

1

0

.500

Brewers

1

3

0

.250

Twins/Senators

5

6

0

.455

Yankees

4

8

0

.333

Athletics

6

7

0

.462

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Senators

2

0

0

1.000

Reds

1

1

0

.500

Marlins

0

1

0

.000

Pirates

2

0

0

1.000

Rockies

0

1

0

.000

Diamondbacks

1

0

0

1.000

Phillies

1

0

0

1.000

Braves

1

0

0

1.000

While this date has a modest .515 winning percentage, the Pythag is much higher, at .552. This is mainly because the Indians have only been shutout three times, in 1927, 1972 and 2002. The last time the Indians scored 10 runs, was back in 2007 against the Phillies. But the most impressive win was a 21-2 win against the original Philadelphia franchise, the Athletics, in the second game of a doubleheader in 1950. This laugher was done in the first inning when the Indians scored 14. They brought 17 batters to the plate. Luckily, Lou Brissie couldn't find the plate. After a leadoff double and a lineout, he walked the next five guys, then two more singles and one more free pass and his day was done. Carl Scheib wasn't much better, another walk, two singles, a Eddie Joost error and a three run bomb by Ray Boone finished off the inning. Jim Hegan hit a grand slam off Scheib in the third and voila, 18-0. Every starter scored teo or more runs, except pitcher Mike Garcia who did score one run. He and Hegan were also the only ones not to receive a one of the sixteen free passes by the Athletics pitchers, which was two more than the hits they gave up. Oh, and Garcia pitched a complete game.

June 19

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

55

49

0

.529

Home

37

26

0

.587

Road

18

23

0

.439

Extra Innings

5

4

0

.556

Double Headers

4

0

5

-

Monday

5

5

0

.500

Tuesday

6

9

0

.400

Wednesday

9

8

0

.529

Thursday

6

9

0

.400

Friday

7

6

0

.538

Saturday

9

8

0

.529

Sunday

13

4

0

.765

Orioles/Browns

4

2

0

.667

Red Sox

6

12

0

.333

White Sox

6

2

0

.750

Tigers

9

4

0

.692

Royals

2

1

0

.667

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

8

11

0

.421

Yankees

7

4

0

.636

Athletics

5

3

0

.625

Mariners

2

1

0

.667

Senators

0

1

0

.000

Reds

1

0

0

1.000

Marlins

0

1

0

.000

Pirates

1

1

0

.500

Rockies

0

1

0

.000

Cubs

0

2

0

.000

Diamondbacks

1

0

0

1.000

Phillies

0

1

0

.000

Braves

0

1

0

.000

While slightly over .500 for this day, there were two fairly long winning streaks, an eight gamer from 1935 to 1943 and ten gamer from 1988 to 1999. The Tribe is unbeaten in doubleheaders, four wins and five splits and have won 13 of 17 on Sundays. While there have been nine extra-inning games, three of them were in the last four years, including the 5-2 home win against the Pirates in 2011. The Pirates opened the game with two off Justin Masterson in the first, a Nate Walker RBI single and a Matt Diaz RBI forceout. The Tribe tied it up in the second on a Carlos Santana bomb and a double play ground ball by Lou Marson. Masterson struggled with his command and only lasted five. Chad Durbin, Rafael Perez, Vinnie Pestano, Chris Perez, Joe Smith and Tony Sipp held the Pirates at Bay the rest of the night. The Tribe also put up a bunch of goose eggs. In the bottom of the eleventh, Cord Phelps had a walk-of three run homer off Tim Wood to win the game.

June 20

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

55

60

0

.478

Home

37

27

0

.578

Road

18

33

0

.353

Extra Innings

7

3

0

.700

Double Headers

5

4

5

-

Monday

2

8

0

.200

Tuesday

7

10

0

.415

Wednesday

11

8

0

.579

Thursday

7

7

0

.500

Friday

7

8

0

.467

Saturday

5

11

0

.313

Sunday

16

8

0

.667

Orioles

2

4

0

.333

Red Sox

13

8

0

.619

White Sox

4

11

0

.267

Tigers

7

5

0

.583

Royals

1

1

0

.50

Angels

2

2

0

.500

Brewers

0

2

0

.000

Twins/Senators

10

11

0

.476

Yankees

1

8

0

.111

Athletics

7

2

0

.778

Mariners

2

0

0

1.000

Senators

0

1

0

.000

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

Reds

1

0

0

1.000

Marlins

0

1

0

.000

Pirates

0

2

0

.000

Rockies

0

1

0

.000

Cubs

1

1

0

.500

Phillies

1

0

0

1.000

Dodgers

1

0

0

1.000

Braves

1

0

0

1.000

To see this record at just five games under .500 is rather impressive. That is mainly because they went 4-22 from 1910 to 1934, including a 12 game losing streak from 1910 to 1922. One of those four victories was a 1-0 pitcher's duel against the Red Sox in 1926. Both Jake Miller and Fred Heimach pitched complete games. Miller was a tad better though, scattering nine hits and only walking two. Heimach gave up eight hits and four walks. The only run he allowed was an RBI hit from Rube Lutzke in the second.

June 21

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

48

54

0

.471

Home

21

27

0

.438

Road

27

27

0

.500

Extra Innings

6

4

0

.600

Double Headers

2

2

3

-

Monday

5

3

0

.625

Tuesday

8

8

0

.500

Wednesday

7

9

0

.438

Thursday

11

4

0

.733

Friday

5

9

0

.357

Saturday

4

12

0

.250

Sunday

8

9

0

.471

Orioles

2

2

0

.50

Red Sox

6

9

0

.40

White Sox

8

6

0

.571

Tigers

6

7

0

.462

Royals

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

0

1

0

.000

Brewers

2

2

0

.500

Twins/Senators

10

9

0

.526

Yankees

9

7

0

.563

Athletics

1

4

0

.200

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

Pirates

0

1

0

.000

Rockies

0

1

0

.000

Cubs

0

2

0

.000

Expos

0

1

0

.000

Dodgers

1

0

0

1.000

Luckily this is not a Saturday game as the Indians are a woeful 4-12. There were a couple back to back wins against the Yankees in 1997 and 1998 when they scored 13 and 11 wins respectively. But we'll revisit the lone interleague victory, a 7-2 win in Chavez Ravine in 2008 in extra innings. CC Sabathia went a strong seven innings, scattering five hits and striking out ten with the only run a Matt Kemp homer in the sixth. CC was the main man on offense too, hitting a solo home run in the third off Chan Ho Park, who went only five innings. The bullpens pitched scoreless ball until the eleventh. Cory Wade allowed leadoff singles to Jamey Carroll and Ben Francisco and after getting Ryan Garko to line out, Scott Proctor was called in. He didn't get anyone out: Jhonny Peralta single, Casey Blake single, Shin-Soo Choo intentional walk, a Kelly Shoppach single and a walk to Jorge Velandia, and the Tribe had a four run lead. Ramon Troncoso relieved and Grady Sizemore singled in another. Then Carroll hit a sacrifice fly to get one more, but Velandia was also thrown out at thrid ending the inning on a double play. Scott Elarton allowed a James Loney RBI double but closed out the Dadogers to get Masahide Kobayashi a win.

June 22

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

63

42

2

.600

Home

31

15

1

.674

Road

32

27

1

.542

Extra Innings

4

3

1

.571

Double Headers

5

0

7

-

Monday

3

4

1

.429

Tuesday

9

8

0

.529

Wednesday

14

3

0

.824

Thursday

3

8

0

.273

Friday

8

8

0

.500

Saturday

10

6

1

.625

Sunday

16

5

0

.762

Orioles/Browns

4

2

1

.667

Red Sox

11

6

0

.647

White Sox

6

11

0

.353

Tigers

8

2

0

.800

Royals

1

0

0

1.000

Angels

0

1

0

.000

Brewers

2

2

0

.500

Twins/Senators

13

4

1

.765

Yankees

8

3

0

.727

Athletics

2

6

0

.250

Mariners

1

0

0

1.000

Senators

1

0

0

1.000

Blue Jays

1

2

0

.333

Pirates

1

0

0

1.000

Rockies

1

0

0

1.000

Cubs

1

0

0

1.000

Phillies

0

1

0

.000

Expos/Nationals

1

1

0

.500

Dodgers

0

1

0

.000

Astros

1

0

0

1.000

Even with losing five straight from 2004 to 2010, this day has been very good over the years. The home record of 31-15-1 is fantastic, there is a winning road record and another unbeaten record in double headers, five sweeps and seven splits. The record on Sundays is amazing and the Twins franchise only has four wins in 18 tries. From 1953 to 195, the Tribe went 8-0-1 against the Senators/Twins. This included back to back 1-0 shutouts in 1958 and 1960. The 1958 win was the backend of a double header where Mudcat Grant scattered six hits and didn't walk anyone in the complete game win. Hal Griggs pitched pretty well himself. Only four hits and four walks, but was done in by a home run by Minnie Minoso.

June 23

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

41

64

0

.390

Home

15

28

0

.349

Road

26

36

0

.419

Extra Innings

2

5

0

.286

Double Headers

3

3

5

-

Monday

5

5

0

.500

Tuesday

6

8

0

.429

Wednesday

7

11

0

.389

Thursday

7

6

0

.538

Friday

4

11

0

.267

Saturday

3

12

0

.200

Sunday

9

11

0

.450

Orioles/Browns

2

6

0

.250

Red Sox

7

8

0

.467

White Sox

9

12

0

.429

Tigers

3

7

0

.300

Royals

0

1

0

.000

Brewers

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

6

8

0

.429

Yankees

2

9

0

.182

Athletics

3

4

0

.429

Mariners

2

0

0

1.000

Rangers/Senators

0

2

0

.000

Blue Jays

3

1

0

.750

Reds

0

1

0

.000

Pirates

1

0

0

1.000

Cubs

1

0

0

1.000

Phillies

0

1

0

.000

Expos/Nationals

1

1

0

.500

Astros

0

1

0

.000

And naturally since June 22 was so dang good, the 23rd is so dang bad, including a 15-28 record at home. One of the positives on this date was the home doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox in 1931 when they beat them 13-0 and 10-0. The opener was actually very tight until the eighth inning when the Tribe broke out for eight runs to extend the lead to 9-0 off Jack Russell, Ed Durham, and Hod Lisenbee. The hitting stars included Earl Averill (5-2-4-1, Ed Morgan (4+3-3-2) and Willie Kamm (4-1-2-1, double, triple). Clint Brown went the distance, giving up five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. In the nightcap, Willis Hudlin threw a one-hitter (with four walks). The Indians scored three in the third, five in the fifth and two in the sixth with Averill again leading the charge (5-1-3-3). Johnny Burnett (5-3-3-1, two doubles, stolen base) also was integral to the win.

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