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July 6, 2013

Interesting bit of information…

Filed under: Uncategorized — stevemryan @ 3:16 pm

So in this game I noticed something interesting.  I haven’t looked it up, but there were two fellows named Johnston playing for each team.  Different first names and different birthdays but same hometown.  I know it isn’t that unique, but that home town is Cleveland Tennessee.  For anyone from around here, we know that Cleveland isn’t all that big.  I will look them up on Baseball-reference.com later.

I wonder how they both came to play in the Major Leagues.  I like to think a scout came to see one play and that young man told them to also keep an eye on his little brother.  You never know, but like I said, I will look it up later.

As for the game, the 61st seeded 1914 Cleveland Indians lost to the 4th seeded 1916 Brooklyn Dodgers.  Being the 4th seed in a 64 team tourney means they are a good team.  As it is, they have four starters with A grades or better.  That helps when using 3-man rotations.  Since I am using the first three starters listed on the roster sheets, that 4th starter is Rube Marquard with an A&CZ grade.  That would be one of the top 5 starters in the tournament and he is relegated to reliever.

With plenty of depth on the pitching staff, the Dodgers won 9-2 and Pfeffer pitched a complete game.  The Indians committed 3 errors and had a terrible bench when I relieved for Mitchell (BXW) with Coumbe (BZ).  I used a pinch hitter with an OBP over .300 but he was the only one.  The Indians had such a poor bench I left Coumbe in for a couple of ABs since he looked to be a better hitter than anyone else and there were no other relievers graded as well.

As a 1st round match-up between the 4th and 61st seeds, the 61st seed is as bad as the 4th seed is good.  I do know that the Indians were in the World Series in 1920 or so and I recognized some of the names like Shoeless Joe Jackson, Nap Lajoie and the ill-fated Ray Chapman.

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