Tribe in Need of a Streak

July 20, 1948

The Indians are in need of a good winning streak according to their manager Lou Boudreau.

Winners of three in a row in Washington and five of seven on their opening road trip east to start the second half of the season, Boudreau feels this is a chance for the team to go on a winning streak and establish some separation between themselves and their pursuers.

“Not since the start of the season have we had a streak of six in a row,” Boudreau said. “We win two or three and then we lose one. If we could run up a streak of six, seven or eight now, we’d be plenty hard to catch for the rest of the season.”

Cleveland opened the second half of the season taking the first two games from the Philadelphia Athletics, only to drop the next two before heading to Washington. Now, the Tribe is winners of three in a row and Boudreau is trying to set his rotation for an extended win streak. Don Black, who was knocked out of the box on July 2 in his last start in St. Louis, will take the mound tonight against the lowly Senators.

Washington will send Ray Scarborough to the mound in the finale of the four game series. He outpitched Bob Lemon in a pitcher’s duel the last time Cleveland was in the nation’s capital.

Boudreau believes Larry Doby finally will be able to resume his place in the starting lineup this evening. The young emerging center fielder has been hampered by ankle injuries. After being on the shelf for nearly two weeks with a sprained ankle suffered in late June, he turned the other one on Saturday in Philadelphia.

After this evening’s game, the Indians will try to keep their winning ways going in the Bronx with an afternoon doubleheader tomorrow. Bob Muncrief and Steve Gromek will take the mound for the Tribe in the twin bill. Boudreau has not officially named any starters after Wednesday’s games, but it appears Bob Feller would be ready on Thursday night and Lemon on Friday afternoon.

The projected rotation gives the Indians a chance for a prolonged win streak and to meet the Tribe’s goals of a successful road trip. The second half of the voyage seems to be tougher, facing the World Champion New York Yankees and the hot Boston Red Sox.

“Before we started this trip I would have settled for nine victories, but nine in the right place,” Boudreau said. “Well, we already have five of them, which means we’ve got to get four more somewhere along the line. It would suit me if we’d take two from the Yankees and two from the Sox.”

It’s time for the Indians to go streaking.

Photo: AP Photo

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