A Look Back At The Week Ahead; July 22 to July 28

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

July 22

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

45

1

.541

Home

31

20

0

.608

Road

22

25

1

.468

Extra Innings

2

3

0

.400

Double Headers

4

2

3

-

Monday

5

2

0

.714

Tuesday

8

10

0

.444

Wednesday

7

7

0

.500

Thursday

6

6

0

.500

Friday

6

7

1

.462

Saturday

9

6

0

.600

Sunday

12

7

0

.632

Orioles/Browns

5

2

0

.714

Red Sox

9

6

0

.600

White Sox

4

4

0

.500

Tigers

1

1

0

.500

Royals

1

1

0

.500

Angels

3

2

0

.600

Brewers

0

2

0

.000

Twins/Senators

10

8

0

.556

Yankees

4

8

0

.333

Athletics

11

5

1

.688

Mariners

3

2

0

.600

Rangers

1

2

0

.333

Blue Jays

1

2

0

.333

Although the overall numbers look ok here, the Tribe is on a four game losing streak and 3-9 since 1999. The longest winning streak was six games from 1933 to 1937. The largest margin of victory was in a home victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in 1917, 20-6. Jim Bagby Sr threw six shutout innings and the Tribe led 3-0 before scoring 8 in the sixth, three in the seventh and six in the eighth. The bulk of that scoring came off Rube Schauer. Of the seventeen hits pounded out, there were only two doubles and a homer by Ray Chapman. The hitting stars were Chapman (6-3-3-3), Jack Graney (4-3-2-4) and Braggo Roth (4-2-3-6).

July 23

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

56

43

1

.566

Home

39

16

1

.709

Road

17

27

0

.386

Extra Innings

6

4

0

.600

Double Headers

3

3

1

-

Monday

5

6

0

.455

Tuesday

6

6

1

.500

Wednesday

7

7

0

.500

Thursday

9

6

0

.600

Friday

10

4

0

.714

Saturday

10

4

0

.714

Sunday

9

10

0

.474

Orioles/Browns

5

4

0

.556

Red Sox

4

8

0

.333

White Sox

4

5

0

.444

Tigers

3

2

0

.600

Royals

3

1

0

.750

Angels

0

2

0

.000

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

11

4

1

.733

Yankees

9

5

0

.643

Athletics

9

8

0

.529

Mariners

4

1

0

.800

Rays

1

0

0

1.000

Rangers

1

2

0

.333

Blue Jays

1

1

0

.500

The twenty-third is a special day in history. Why you ask? Because it is my birthday of course. The winning percentage of .566 is not especially high, but there have been some long winning streaks, with the longest being nine from 1949 to 1960. In fact, from 1939 to 1960, the Tribe was 18-2. And extending that run from 1939 to 1966, they won 16 straight at home. That helps this home record of .709 to be one of the higher ones. In the bicentennial year, and the last time I could have possibly seen them at a home game, the Indians beat the Tigers 9-4 in 1976. The Tribe plated two in the first on RBI singles by Rico Carty and George Hendrick off Dave Roberts. They traded runs in the second on an Aurelio Rodriguez sacrifice fly and a Rick Manning RBI single. Roberts left in the third after solos shots by Larvell Blanks and Carty and a Boog Powell RBI single. Big Jim Bibby gave up his second run in the fourth on a John Wockenfuss single. Light hitting Frank Duffy plated two more in the bottom of the sixth on a double to push the led to 9-2. The Tigers got their last two in the seventh off Tom Buskey on a Willie Horton homer.

July 24

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

53

54

0

.495

Home

34

33

0

.507

Road

19

21

0

.475

Extra Innings

7

4

0

.636

Double Headers

8

5

5

-

Monday

5

2

0

.714

Tuesday

7

9

0

.438

Wednesday

8

9

0

.471

Thursday

4

8

0

.333

Friday

8

7

0

.533

Saturday

10

10

0

.500

Sunday

11

9

0

.550

Orioles/Browns

3

3

0

.500

Red Sox

3

8

0

.273

White Sox

3

4

0

.429

Tigers

3

7

0

.300

Royals

3

3

0

.500

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Twins/Senators

16

8

0

.667

Yankees/Orioles

6

8

0

.429

Athletics

10

5

0

.667

Mariners

2

3

0

.400

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers

1

3

0

.250

Blue Jays

1

0

0

1.000

Even though they are one game under .500 on this date, the Tribe went 15-1 from 1932 to 1947. That included four straight games of ten or more runs from 1934 to 1936. The last game of that stretch was another shellacking of the Philadelphia A's 16-3. Of those 16 runs, the most in any inning was four in the third. Earl Averill had a fantastic game, 5-5-4-5 with two triples and a homer. Had he let up on one those triples, he would have had a cycle. Denny Galehouse pitched seven strong innings with Bob Feller somehow receiving a save for his two innings of work. Gordon Rhodes and Stu Flythe were the A's pitchers that got blasted.

July 25

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

53

0

.505

Home

37

26

0

.587

Road

17

27

0

.386

Extra Innings

5

4

0

.556

Double Headers

4

4

6

-

Monday

5

6

0

.455

Tuesday

9

9

0

.500

Wednesday

10

4

0

.714

Thursday

7

5

0

.583

Friday

6

10

0

.375

Saturday

7

9

0

.438

Sunday

10

10

0

.500

Orioles/Browns

6

1

0

.857

Red Sox

7

8

0

.467

White Sox

4

2

0

.667

Tigers

3

5

0

.375

Royals

3

3

0

.500

Angels

4

1

0

.800

Twins/Senators

9

7

0

.563

Yankees/Orioles

4

8

0

.333

Athletics

9

14

0

.391

Mariners

3

0

0

1.000

Rays

0

1

0

.000

Rangers/Senators

1

3

0

.250

Blue Jays

1

1

0

1.000

Since 1993, this date has some of the highest scoring games with five double digit scores. One of those was a 10-3 win at the Skydome in 2000. Robbie Alomar started damage against his old ball club with a two-run shot in the first off Kelvim Escobar. The Indians got a third run in the fourth on a Travis Fryman single. After facing the minimum through three, Chuck Finley had a rough fourth, but escaped with only two runs on a Carlos Delgado double. That 3-2 lead kept until the seventh when the lineup plated seven runs off Escobar, Pedro Borbon and Paul Quantrill. The major damage done on doubles by Omar Vizquel, Richie Sexson and Sandy Alomar. Finley got the win but only pitched 5.1 innings with Justin Speier and Cameron Cairncross putting out the fire in the sixth and Steve Reed, Paul Shuey and Jamie Brewington finishing up.

July 26

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

54

48

0

.529

Home

31

29

0

.517

Road

23

19

0

.548

Extra Innings

3

1

0

.750

Double Headers

4

1

8

-

Monday

4

4

0

.500

Tuesday

9

5

0

.643

Wednesday

7

8

0

.467

Thursday

9

4

0

.692

Friday

7

9

0

.438

Saturday

7

9

0

.438

Sunday

11

9

0

.550

Orioles/Browns

6

4

0

.600

Red Sox

5

8

0

.385

White Sox

1

2

0

.333

Tigers

4

5

0

.444

Royals

4

2

0

.667

Angels

1

2

0

.333

Twins/Senators

15

8

0

.652

Yankees/Orioles

6

9

0

.400

Athletics

11

4

0

.733

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rangers

0

2

0

.000

Blue Jays

0

1

0

.000

The best stretch on this date was from 1917 to 1929 when they won eleven straight. The random selection for this day is a 3-0 win over the Royals in game two of a doubleheader in 1970. Steve Hargan pitched the shutout, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts. The Indian runs came on three solo shots by Graig Nettles in the third, Eddie Leon in the seventh and Tony Horton in the eighth.

July 27

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

45

52

0

.464

Home

28

27

0

.509

Road

17

25

0

.405

Extra Innings

2

3

0

.400

Double Headers

3

3

5

-

Monday

1

7

0

.125

Tuesday

8

8

0

.500

Wednesday

5

8

0

.385

Thursday

5

7

0

.417

Friday

7

8

0

.467

Saturday

8

9

0

.471

Sunday

11

5

0

.688

Orioles/Browns

4

6

0

.400

Red Sox

4

8

0

.333

White Sox

3

1

0

.750

Tigers

5

5

0

.500

Royals

0

4

0

.000

Angels

2

1

0

.667

Brewers

0

1

0

.000

Twins/Senators

9

15

0

.375

Yankees

9

5

0

.643

Athletics

7

5

0

.583

Mariners

1

1

0

.500

Rangers

1

0

0

1.000

The only highlights I see on this day are the 11-5 record on Sunday, and one of the few winning records against the Yankees, 9-5. Other than that, pretty bleh. There were three straight 7-2 wins against the Red Sox in 1957 and a doubleheader sweep against the Yankees in 1958. In the Red Sox game, Ted Williams gave the Fenway faithful the lead with a solo shot off Ray Narleski in the first. Gene Woodling tied it in the fourth with his own solo shot off Ike Delock. Jim Piersall doubled one in the fifth off Narleski before the Tribe took the lead in the sixth with a Woodling double off Delock and a Vic Wertz single off Rudy Minarcin. That 3-2 lead expanded by two in the eighth on an RBI double by Vic Wertz and a Bobby Avila single off Bob Chakales. Chico Carrasquel concluded the scoring with a two run shot off Chakales in the ninth.

July 28

W

L

T

Pct

All-Time

56

53

1

.514

Home

36

28

1

.563

Road

20

25

0

.444

Extra Innings

5

3

1

.625

Double Headers

5

4

6

-

Monday

5

4

0

.556

Tuesday

9

7

0

.563

Wednesday

11

6

0

.647

Thursday

6

8

0

.429

Friday

9

7

0

.563

Saturday

7

12

0

.368

Sunday

9

9

1

.500

Orioles/Browns

12

3

0

.800

Red Sox

12

10

0

.545

White Sox

2

1

0

.667

Tigers

7

5

0

.583

Royals

1

2

0

.333

Angels

0

5

0

.000

Brewers

1

0

0

1.000

Twins/Senators

7

11

0

.389

Yankees/Orioles

5

10

1

.333

Athletics

4

4

0

.500

Mariners

5

1

0

.833

Senators (Rangers)

0

1

0

.000

The best record on this date is the 12-3 record against the Orioles/Browns. The oddest scheduling quirk here was the five straight games from 1999 to 2004. But the last win was in 2008 at home, 5-0. This was a Kenny Rogers-Paul Byrd matchup. Grady Sizemore led off the first with a double, went to third on a Franklin Gutierrez grounder and scored on a Jhonny Peralta grounder. Peralta got to Rogers in third, this time an RBI double. Rogers got chased in the sixth after Kelly Shoppach hit a solo shot and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two run shot. Byrd pitched pretty well, but was out of gas in the eighth. Edward Mujica came in and dodged the first and second jam in the eighth and set down the side in order in the ninth.

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