ICYMI at DTTWLN – October 19 to October 25

With the third offseason entry of In Case You Missed It at Did The Tribe Win Last Night, another busy week of Cleveland stories looked back on all of the things that went wrong during the 2015 season that have prevented the Indians from enjoying a late October playoff push.

While the Indians are resting and recuperating from the recently completed season, baseball continues on with some highly entertaining games as the American League and National League each completed their championship series, setting the stage for a New York Mets / Kansas City Royals World Series, where one team will end a 30-plus year title drought. The Indians’ has now hit 67 seasons.

On Monday, Craig Gifford looked at the season had by Corey Kluber in his Cy Young defense. Steve Eby chronicled the effects that the early injury to Yan Gomes had on the season. On Wednesday, Bob handled the delicate topic of Carlos Santana and his lack of a true place in the lineup and on the field. Danny Madden broke down on Thursday how the veteran breakdown on the roster led to some needed trades. Steve reviewed the bullpen problems on Friday, with Bob taking a look at two relievers who failed to complete the season in Cleveland, Scott Atchison and Marc Rzepczynski. On Sunday, Danny dared to look into the black hole that was the left side of the infield in the first half of the season.

Bob’s “Today in Tribe History” stories looked back at several playoff appearances by the Tribe, as well as a significant trade in team history.

October 19, 1946
October 20, 2002
October 21, 2007
October 22, 1997
October 23, 1997
October 24, 1995
October 25, 1997

With the NLCS participant Chicago Cubs as a theme, Vince Guerrieri shared on Wednesday how the Indians were linked to a previous trip by the Cubs to the playoffs through former MLB pitcher Rick Sutcliffe.

The #48Replay project continued on with a look back at the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 season. Rain was once again a common theme, but so too were many losses, the first ones of the season for the previously undefeated club. Stories recapped the dates of April 30th through May 6th.

Indians Rained Out Again; Feller and Lemon to Pitch this Weekend at Home (Mike Brandyberry)
Tigers Stop Tribe Streak at Six; Tigers 10, Indians 3 (Bob)
Tribe Bats Silenced by Tigers Three-Hitter; Tigers 4, Indians 2 (Bob)
Doby’s Transition Far From Complete (Bob)
Walk-off Off of Wensloff Sinks Indians; Athletics 8, Indians 6 (Steve)
Boudreau to Shuffle Lineup, Sit Hegan and Doby (Steve)
Both Mother Nature and Eddie Joost Rain on Indians (Steve)
Feller Flounders and Boudreau Blunders; Athletics 8, Indians 5 (Steve)

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1948 American League standings (as of end of day May 6th)

TEAM W-L W-L % GB
Philadelphia 9-5 0.643
New York 8-5 0.615 0.5
Cleveland 6-4 0.600 1.0
Boston 7-7 0.500 2.0
Washington 7-7 0.500 2.0
St. Louis 5-6 0.455 2.5
Detroit 7-9 0.438 3.0
Chicago 3-9 0.250 5.0

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Photo: AP Photo/Mark Duncan

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