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Old 01-03-2018, 02:37 AM   #321
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June 1921

The Cleveland Indians had a strong June, which lifted them out of the cellar, if not quite into contention. Sparked by a 13-4 run, the Tribe went 16-11 for the month, ending the month in sixth place with a 34-39 record, 10 games behind the first-place Yankees. The Indians, however, were bitten by the hard-luck bug, as they had the second-strongest run differential in the American League.

The Indians continued to rake at the plate. They were led by shortstop Joe Sewell, who hit .415 with 12 doubles, 4 triples, and 23 RBI's in 25 games. First baseman Wally Pipp continued his strong campaign, hitting .376 with two homers, a team-high 24 RBI's, and 21 runs scored. Rookie infielder Riggs Stephenson earned a regular spot in the middle of the lineup after hitting .390 with a .590 slugging percentage, including 12 doubles, 3 triples, a homer, 20 RBI's, and 23 runs scored. As a result, management deemed veteran second baseman Bill Wambsganss expendable, and they shipped him to the White Sox in exchange for lefties Eppa Rixey and Dickie Kerr -- a move that markedly improved the clubhouse atmosphere. Center fielder Dutch Zwilling continued his midseason rejuvenation after nearly losing his job in April, hitting .357 with 3 homers and 21 RBI's for the month. Veteran catcher Ted Easterly hit .377, slugged .519, and drove in 18 runs in a platoon role. Only third baseman Possum Whitted, who regained his position in the starting lineup after Wambsganss was traded, allowing Stephenson to move from third base to second base, struggled, slugging a punchless .344 despite a superficially solid .295 batting average for the month. For the season, the Tribe led the league with a stellar .317 batting average and were second in runs scored.

The improvement of the Indians' starting pitching, however, was the biggest ingredient in their improvement. Southpaw Herb Pennock returned to his Cy Young-winning form, going 5-2 with a solid 3.40 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. George Uhle, after a rough first two months, flashed signs of his rookie year promise, going 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Recent acquisition Jim Bagby was solid, going 2-1 in six starts with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Rixey replaced Jesse Barnes in the rotation; although Rixey threw a three-hit complete game in his debut with the Indians, he struggled the rest of the way, going 3-1 despite a subpar 4.89 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Carl Mays struggled mightily, with his 2-2 record masking a bloated 6.75 ERA and 1.71 WHIP. The bullpen remained in flux, as Rube Benton replaced Stan Baumgartner as the Tribe's stopper, but he gave up multiple runs in five of his seven outings in June, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA (plus five more unearned runs in 10.2 innings) and a dreadful 2.25 WHIP. Barnes, however, was a bright spot out of the pen, as was Red Causey -- collectively, they surrendered just two earned runs in 20 innings.

The Tribe appeared to be buried too far behind the Yankees to make a legitimate threat, but it was apparent that the season was turning around after bottoming out with an 18-30 start to the year. The Yankees were led once again by slugging shortstop Rogers Hornsby, who was flirting with a fourth straight MVP season, hitting .425 on the season with a .715 slugging percentage, including 49 extra base hits in 73 games. In the National League, the Pirates' dominant offense once again carried the day, as they opened up a 9-game lead over the second place Braves. Right fielder Babe Ruth tied his own MLB record by hitting his 33rd home run at the end of June. Ruth's home run total more than doubled Brooklyn's teenage slugging sensation Lou Gehrig, who was in second place in the National League with 15 round-trippers of his own.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:38 AM   #322
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July 1921

The Cleveland Indians continued to play well in July, moving incrementally closer into contention. After going 15-12, they ended the month in fifth place, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees with a 49-51 record, and they rallied at month's end, winning five of six against the Red Sox and Yankees.

The Tribe continued to rely upon their singles-and-doubles oriented offense, as they ended July leading the league both in batting average and runs scored. Left fielder Bobby Veach led the way, hitting .354 with a stellar .535 slugging percentage, including three homers and 20 RBI's. Rookie infielder Riggs Stephenson continued to rip American League pitching, hitting .360 with seven doubles, a homer, 14 RBI's, and 19 runs scored. Shortstop Joe Sewell continued to star, hitting .348 with 11 RBI's and 18 runs scored. Of the regulars, only Ted Easterly struggled, hitting just .254, although he ripped seven extra-base hits and drove in 12 runs in a platoon role. Utility infielder Roger Peckinpaugh hit just .188, but he also ripped 2 homers, 2 triples, and drove in a remarkable 11 runs in just 32 at bats.

Newcomer Eppa Rixey flirted with the AL's pitcher of the month award, going 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA and a stellar 1.04 WHIP. Herb Pennock returned to form, going 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Righthander Carl Mays was solid, going 3-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. George Uhle struggled, winning his lone decision of the month, but he sported a 4.44 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Jim Bagby struggled, and management privately considered removing him from the rotation after he went 1-5 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

The Tribe made a couple of minor details before the trading deadline, as they got markedly younger, if not better. Backup second baseman Morrie Rath was shipped to the Phillies for southpaw Rube Bressler, who won 21 games in 1918 but struggled mightily in relief the last two years. Also, the Tribe shipped backup third baseman Rafael Almeida to the Pirates in exchange for minor league centerfielder Harry Rothfuss.

Through four months, the Yankees were barely holding off the overachieving Browns, leading them by a mere half-game, with the Athletics lurking 3 1/2 games behind. The Pirates were once again running away with the National League, enjoying an 11 1/2 game lead over the Braves. Pirate rightfielder Babe Ruth, having already set the single-season home run record with 34, saw his Triple Crown dreams dashed by a concussion which threatened to prematurely end his season. The Pirates nonetheless threatened to rewrite the record books, as they had a teamwide average of .331 and 90 homers through the end of July.
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August 1921

The Cleveland Indians continued their strong play throughout the summer, going 15-11 in August, and ending the month in fourth place with a 64-62 record, seven games behind the first-place Browns. The Tribe zigzagged across the month, winning three in a row, then dropping four straight, then after splitting a pair of games, they rattled off a five-game winning streak, then dropped four in a row, then won four more in a row (including a sweep of the Yankees).

The Tribe continued to lead the league in runs scored, although their bats failed to keep up their sizzling pace from the start of the summer. Star shortstop Joe Sewell led the way, hitting .404 for the month with a .543 slugging percentage, including 9 doubles, 10 RBI's, and a team-high 20 runs scored. Sewell ended the month hitting a stellar .370 on the season with a .430 on-base percentage, and he flirted with the league lead in runs scored. Right fielder Sam Rice rebounded from his summer swoon to hit .343 with a .444 slugging percentage, including ten extra-base hits, 13 RBI's, and scored 17 runs of his own. First baseman Wally Pipp continued his strong offensive campaign, hitting .323 with a homer and a team-high 21 RBI's. Only center fielder Dutch Zwilling, who returned from a broken thumb, struggled, hitting just .200 with a lone extra-base hit in 14 games. Left fielder Bobby Veach slowed down after his brilliant start to the season, hitting .269 and slugging .398, but drove in 18 runs nonetheless. Platoon catcher Ray Schalk struggled mightily, going just 4-for-26 after hitting .389 for the first four months of the season.

The Indians' pitching staff continued to improve, and they ended August second in the league in ERA. Righthander George Uhle was brilliant, winning all three of his starts, and he sported a stellar 1.04 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. Newcomer Jim Bagby, who was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, went 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Herb Pennock gave up a lot of singles, but not a lot of runs; he went 3-2 with a solid 3.30 ERA but a 1.49 WHIP, and he ended the month with a team-best 15-9 record. Eppa Rixey slowed down after his hot start, going just 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.51 ERA. The decline of Carl Mays was a cause for alarm -- he somehow went 3-3 despite a 5.08 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, surrendered 6 homers in just 39 innings, and sported an embarrassing ratio of 18 walks to just two strikeouts (!). He ended the month by earning an eight-game suspension after beaning Washington's Bucky Harris and sparking a brawl.

By all accounts, the Indians continued to underperform, as their ratio of runs scored to runs allowed was second best in the league. While the Yankees appeared to be in control of the league at the start of the month,
the Browns seized the league lead after the Yankees stumbled their way to a 10-17 month, including a seven-game losing streak. The Yankees' struggles were even more remarkable in light of the monster month enjoyed by star rightfielder Bob Meusel, who hit 14 homers and drove in 40 runs for the month, bringing his total to an incredible 140 RBI's through the end of August. Meanwhile, in the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates remained on autopilot, building a 14-game lead over the Boston Braves, with no other team remaining within 20 games. While Pirates slugger Babe Ruth would miss the rest of the regular season with a concussion, his sidekick Harry Heilmann was threatening to rewrite the record book with a .436 average through five months.
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September/ October 1921

The Cleveland Indians stumbled down the stretch, going 13-15 in September and October, including an ugly 1-6 stretch to start the month. They won the final two games of the year against the White Sox to finish at .500 with a 77-77 record, comfortably nestled in fifth place, ten games behind the pennant-winning Browns.

The Tribe was led by rookie sensation Riggs Stephenson, who hit .398 for the month with 13 doubles, 2 triples, and 23 RBI's. Despite starting the season on the bench, Stephenson finished the campaign with 201 hits, including 50 doubles, and he batted .363 on the year with a .506 slugging percentage. Shortstop Joe Sewell continued his brilliant sophomore season, hitting .378 for the month with ten doubles; he ended the year hitting .370 and scored 119 runs. Catcher Ted Easterly finished strong, hitting .373, good enough to push his season average over .300, with two homers and 15 RBIs in fifteen games. However, center fielder Dutch Zwilling continued to struggle since returning from his thumb injury, as he hit just .224 with a homer and 7 RBI's. Third baseman Possum Whitted slowed down, hitting a punchless .260 with an ugly .325 slugging percentage and just 6 RBI's for the month. First baseman Wally Pipp slumped, hitting just .269 with a soft .344 slugging percentage, although he topped the 100-RBI milestone, finishing the year with 108.

On the mound, Herb Pennock was once again brilliant, but the rest of the staff struggled. Pennock went 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, and flirted with 20 wins once again; he finished the season with an admirable 19-11 record and a 3.61 ERA. Southpaw Eppa Rixey was solid but unspectacular, going 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. George Uhle struggled after his strong summer, going winless in five starts, with an 0-2 record, a 5.46 ERA, and a 1.69 WHIP. Carl Mays continued his disappointing season, going just 1-3 with a bloated 6.51 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Jim Bagby was even worse, going 2-2 despite a ghastly 7.65 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP; perhaps most remarkably, he struck out just two batters in 40 innings all month.

Once again, the American League had an exciting pennant race, and once again, the National League's pennant race was effectively clinched by Labor Day. The Browns clinched the pennant on the next-to-last day of the season, holding off the hard-charging Athletics. The Yankees, who led the league for most of the summer, continued their August swoon despite brilliant individual seasons from Rogers Hornsby, who hit .404 with 32 homers, and Bob Meusel, who hit 29 homers and drove in 156 runs, and they finished tied for third with the surprising Tigers. Meanwhile, the Pirates won the National League by 11 games, despite a subpar September -- and injured slugger Babe Ruth was expected to return to the World Series.

Throughout baseball, the story of the year was the offensive explosion. Remarkably, five separate players topped .400 -- Hornsby and George Sisler in the American League, and Ty Cobb, Harry Heilmann, and George Burns in the National League, with Burns hitting a stunning .421. Hornsby smacked a remarkable 259 hits -- a record that could potentially last for decades, but for the fact that Sisler actually topped him with 260 hits!
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October 1921: World Series

Despite being heavy underdogs to the booming bats of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the St. Louis Browns put forth a valiant effort, extending the World Series to a full nine games before losing Game Nine in a 10-6 slugfest. Pirates rightfielder Babe Ruth was named MVP after batting .471 with five homers and 12 RBI's in the Series.

The Browns seized early control of the series, winning Game 1 in a 13-2 romp, behind a four-hit complete game from Dutch Leonard and a 3-hit, 4-RBI performance from rightfielder Braggo Roth. The Pirates pulled even in a 13-12 offensive explosion in Game 2, with third baseman Clyde Barnhart hitting two triples and driving in six runs. After blowing an early 4-0 lead, the Browns scored four runs in the top of the eighth to take an 11-10 lead, with second baseman Marty McManus ripping a two-run double to take the lead, only to see the Pirates score three runs in the bottom of the frame, with Barnhart ripping a two-run single to break a tie. The Pirates cruised to victory in Game Three, winning 12-6, behind a 21-hit barrage, led by a four-hit game from shortstop Pie Traynor, who also homered.

But the Browns evened the series up in Game Four, winning 8-7 in ten innings in a dramatic back-and-forth game. The Browns scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth, led by a bases-clearing pinch-hit double by Benny Kauff, to take a 7-5 lead, only to give the lead back up in the top of the ninth on a two-run single by Pirates first baseman George "High Pockets" Kelly. The Browns prevailed on a walk-off pinch-hit single by Pat Collins. The Pirates prevailed in a rare pitchers' duel in Game Five, winning 3-2 in ten innings behind a complete game from 23-game winner Whitey Glazner. The Pirates won on a walk-off single by Harry Heilmann following a leadoff triple by Traynor in the bottom of the tenth. The Pirates opened up a commanding series lead in Game Six, winning 3-1 behind a strong outing by Karl Adams and three hits from Heilmann, including a two-run homer.

The Browns, facing elimination, were not done battling, pulling out a 3-2 win of their own in Game Seven despite homers from Heilmann and Ruth, as they were led by four shutout innings of relief from Mellie Wolfgang. The Browns opened up an early lead in Game Eight, scoring six runs in the second inning off Pete Alexander, on their way to an 8-4 victory. Catcher Muddy Ruel chipped in with three hits, including a homer, and first baseman/ MVP candidate George Sisler ripped three hits of his own, including a two-run double.

In the do-or-die Game Nine, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning and three more in the second, on their way to a comfortable 10-6 victory. Kelly homered in each of the first two innings on his way to a 5-RBI game, and center fielder Baby Doll Jacobson popped two homers of his own in the closing innings off Wolfgang. The Browns had a valiant five-run rally in the top of the eighth inning off Glazner, including a two-run Sisler double, but it was too little, too late.

Overall, the powerful Pirates offense, which scored 999 runs in the regular season despite missing Ruth for the last three months, bashed twelve homers during the series, compared to just four homers for the Browns.
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1921 Postseason

Here are the major award winners for 1921:

AL MVP- George Sisler, 1B, SLB: .408/ .459/ .646, 260 hits, 42 doubles, 22 triples, 22 HR, 132 RBI, 126 runs, 56 BB, 19 SB, 170 OPS+, 5.6 WAR
Second place - Rogers Hornsby, SS, NYY: .403/ .456/ .687, 259 hits, 41 doubles, 23 triples, 32 HR, 124 RBI, 149 runs, 63 BB, 15 SB, 183 OPS+, 9.8 WAR
Third place- Bob Meusel, RF, NYY: .347/ .381/ .584, 221 hits, 32 doubles, 16 triples, 29 HR, 158 RBI, 117 runs, 41 BB, 13 SB, 139 OPS+, 4.6 WAR

AL Cy Young- Ralph Caldwell, NYY: 20-6, 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 281 IP, 166 K, 32 BB, 164 ERA+, 1 shutout, 7.7 WAR
Second place - Hugh Bedient, WAS: 20-12, 3.18 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 312 IP, 107 K, 112 BB, 133 ERA+ 18 CG, 5 shutouts, 4.4 WAR
Third place - Herb Pennock, CLE: 19-11, 3.61 ERA, 135 WHIP, 282 IP, 73 K, 55 BB, 121 ERA+, 15 CG, 3 shutouts, 5.6 WAR

AL Rookie of the Year - Goose Goslin, RF, WAS: .342/ .378/ .530, 218 hits, 33 doubles, 27 triples, 11 HR, 101 RBI, 91 runs, 38 BB, 1 SB, 133 OPS+, 3.4 WAR

NL MVP - Harry Heilmann, LF/RF, PIT: .412/ .457/ .658, 200 hits, 46 doubles, 10 triples, 18 HR, 97 RBI, 107 runs, 42 BB, 3 SB, 178 OPS+, 7.1 WAR
Second place - Ty Cobb, CF, BSB: .402/ .483/ .585, 178 hits, 30 doubles, 15 triples, 7 HR, 73 RBI, 89 runs, 69 BB, 6 SB, 174 OPS+, 5.6 WAR
Third place- Hack Miller, LF, BRO: .378/ .403/ .608, 199 hits, 31 doubles, 6 triples, 26 HR, 97 RBI, 91 runs, 22 BB, 2 SB, 152 OPS, 5.4 WAR

NL Cy Young - Hippo Vaughn, NYG: 20-16, 3.55 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 345 IP, 138 K, 81 BB, 122 ERA+, 23 CG, 4 shutouts, 7.3 WAR
Second place- Wilbur Cooper, BSB: 22-8, 3.56 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 283 IP, 87 K, 60 BB, 20 CG, 119 ERA+, 4.6 WAR
Third place- Whitey Glazner, PIT: 23-11, 3.85 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 327 IP, 102 K, 74 BB, 113 ERA+, 6.2 WAR

NL Rookie of the Year- Lou Gehrig, 1B, BRO: .296/ .342/ .550, 185 hits, 28 doubles, 17 triples, 32 HR, 135 RBI, 99 runs, 42 BB, 122 OPS+, 2.7 WAR
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1921 Offseason

The Cleveland Indians largely stood pat in the offseason, believing that they were a stronger team than their middling .500 record indicated. The Tribe actively attempted to shop righthander Carl Mays, who had declined precipitously since his 22-win season in 1918, finishing the 1921 campaign with a 13-13 record and bloated 4.71 ERA, but they found no takers. Their most significant transaction was trading disgruntled backup shortstop/ second baseman Roger Peckinpaugh to the Cubs for minor league pitcher Earl Hamilton, who was expected to challenge for a spot at the back of the rotation. Shortly before the season started, they shipped backup outfielder Paul Meloan to the Phillies in exchange for infielder Ossie Vitt.

The offseason saw the reinstatement of the draft. With the #9 pick of the first round, the Tribe selected power-hitting centerfielder Bunny Roser. They tabbed junkballing starting pitcher Joe Genewich in the second round, and undersized second baseman Hughie Critz in the third round. In the fourth round, they selected pitcher Earl Webb, with the plan of converting him to an outfielder. In later rounds, they selected hard-throwing reliever Hi Bell, slap-hitting third baseman George Nye, defensively-challenged catcher Jimmie Long, and power-hitting outfielder William Nuth.

The draft class was loaded with outfielders. With the first overall pick, the Senators selected powerful left fielder Al Simmons, expecting to cure the hitch in his swing caused by stepping into the bucket. Picking second, the Phillies selected corpulent slugger Bob Fothergill. The Red Sox selected center fielder Earle Combs with the third pick, expecting Tris Speaker to gracefully hand off the reins.
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1922 Preseason

Expectations were high in spring training, based upon the Indians' productive offense and deep, if soft-throwing, pitching staff. However, the injury bug bit early and often. Most notably, pitcher George Uhle, coming off a 10-7 season, suffered a career-threatening UCL tear. Newcomer Earl Hamilton, acquired in the offseason in exchange for Roger Peckinpaugh, was expected to fill his role in the rotation. On a more modest note, third baseman Possum Whitted was expected to miss the first week of the season with a foot injury.

The Tribe nonetheless had a solid spring, going 16-14, and they were led by Riggs Stephenson, who looked like he could build off his strong rookie season. However, the press expected the Tribe to continue to decline, picking them to finish sixth with just 71 wins. Surprisingly, the Red Sox were projected to return to the postseason after an uncharacteristic seventh-place finish in 1921. Meanwhile, the defending world champion Pirates were expected to cruise to a repeat in the Senior Circuit, notwithstanding the unexpected release of veteran pitcher Pete Alexander. Alexander signed with the Reds, and promptly (if unconvincingly) denied reports suggesting that the squad's proximity to numerous bourbon distilleries in neighboring Kentucky played a role in his decision.
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April 1922

The Cleveland Indians enjoyed a hot start to the 1922 season, sparked by a league-best pitching and defense. The Indians jumped out to a 12-6 start, allowing just 60 runs and sporting a MLB-leading 2.95 team ERA. They finished April tied for first place with the Yankees, holding off the surprising Senators by just a game. The Tribe's schedule was front-loaded, such that 15 of the 18 games were against the Browns (defending league champions) and Tigers.

Offensively, the Indians were led by right fielder Sam Rice, who hit .388 with two homers, 11 RBI's, 14 runs scored, and a league-leading six steals. First baseman Wally Pipp hit .377 with a homer and 9 RBI's, and second baseman Riggs Stephenson chipped in with a .371 mark and 8 RBI's of his own. Ageless catcher Ted Easterly continued his pursuit of 2,000 hits by hitting .306 and slugging .551, with nine extra-base hits in 12 games, including seven doubles, and drove in a team-high 13 runs. But center fielder Dutch Zwilling struggled, hitting just .195 with a homer and 6 RBI's, and third baseman Possum Whitted struggled, hitting a weak .216 with only 2 RBI's.

Righthander Jim Bagby, who struggled after being acquired last year, got off to a terrific start, going 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Southpaw Herb Pennock nearly matched Bagby, going 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Eppa Rixey was solid if unspectacular, going 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP, although he surrendered a team-high 4 homers in just 33 innings. Newcomer Earl Hamilton went 2-1, sporting a 4.18 ERA, but a gaudy 1.61 WHIP. Carl Mays, after a dreadful start to the season, quickly righted the ship (including a four-hit shutout over the Tigers), ending the month with a 1-1 record with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Team management was cautiously optimistic heading into May. The Tribe's pitching greatly exceeded expectations (although Bagby and Pennock presumably would not continue to sport sub-2.00 ERA's). Their offense remained a work in progress, but management expected that they would return to their league-leading form from last season.
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After an unexpectedly strong start to the 1922 season, the Cleveland Indians crashed back to earth in May going 12-19, and ending the month in fourth place with a 24-25 record, 6 1/2 games behind the league-leading Yankees. The Tribe bottomed out by losing 8 of 9 at one point, including a four-game sweep by the Senators.

Offensively, the Tribe was led by second baseman Riggs Stephenson, who hit .369 with a .495 slugging percentage, including 2 homers and 16 RBIs and scored 22 runs. Shortstop Joe Sewell rallied after a slow April to hit .350 with 6 doubles, 4 triples, and 16 RBI's. Left fielder Bobby Veach hit .315 with 7 doubles, 2 homers, and 16 RBI's as well. But center fielder Dutch Zwilling's slump reached crisis proportions, as he hit just .164 with a meager .213 slugging percentage and drove in just 5 runs. Third baseman Possum Whitted also struggled, hitting just .219 with a soft .248 slugging percentage.

Other than ace Herb Pennock, the rest of the pitching staff was a crapshoot. Pennock went 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Fellow southpaw Eppa Rixey went 3-2 with a superficially impressive 3.20 ERA, but also gave up 8 unearned runs and sported a 1.46 WHIP. The rest of the staff was an unmitigated disaster. Earl Hamilton went 2-4 with a 5.44 ERA, gave up 14 unearned runs in just 45 innings, and had a bloated 1.75 WHIP. Jim Bagby bottomed out after a strong April, going 0-5 with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Carl Mays's struggles continued, as he went 2-4 with a dreadful 7.59 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP, and was in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. Jesse Barnes was similarly ineffective out of the bullpen, yielding an 8.22 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.

The Indians were in danger of quickly falling out of contention, struggling mightily on both sides of the ball. Their offense ranked seventh in the league in runs scored, while the pitching staff plummeted from the best in baseball at the start of the month to fourth in the league by the end of May. The Tribe ended May closer to the league basement than to the pennant, and they were just two games ahead of the seventh-place White Sox. The league-leading Yankees owned a 2 1/2 game lead over the upstart Senators, whom most observers believed were playing over their heads. Meanwhile, the National League once again was a two-team race, with the Pirates and Giants flirting with .700, and no other team was even within ten games of first place. The Pirates were led once again by Babe Ruth, who ended the month leading the National League in the three triple crown categories, and shortstop Pie Traynor, whose 45-game hitting streak recently ended.
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The Cleveland Indians continued to struggle throughout June, going just 11-14, as they finished the month in 5th place, 11 games behind the upstart Washington Senators. The injury bug bit the Tribe; catcher Ray Schalk broke his thumb, and was expected to be out until late August. Star shortstop Joe Sewell strained his oblique and was expected to miss three weeks. Slick fielding slap hitter Lew Malone replaced Sewell in the lineup, although his best position was second base. In addition to the injuries, the Indians made a significant trade, swapping struggling righthander Carl Mays, whom they had been shopping for months, to the White Sox for lefty Art Nehf. As a result of the trade, the Indians now had four lefties in their starting rotation.

As offense exploded all over baseball, the Tribe struggled to keep up, ending the month dead last in the American League in runs scored. Following Sewell's injury, the Tribe were substantially below average at three positions -- shortstop, third base, and center field.

Once again, the offense was led by second baseman Riggs Stephenson, who hit .402 and slugged .619 for the month, with 9 doubles, 2 homers, 20 RBI's, and 19 runs scored. Left fielder Bobby Veach nearly matched Stephenson, hitting .396 with a homer and 19 RBI's. Wally Pipp hit a solid .326 with two homers and 19 RBI's of his own. However, center fielder Dutch Zwilling was benched for rookie Bunny Roser after hitting a punchless .179 with no extra base hits and just two RBI's. Third baseman Possum Whitted was even worse, hitting just .115 in 52 at bats, and gradually losing his spot in the lineup.

The Indians' pitching staff continued to struggle. Eppa Rixey was solid but unspectacular, going 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Jim Bagby stabilized after his dreadful May, going 2-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Herb Pennock struggled; despite going 3-3, he had a bloated 5.44 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Earl Hamilton continued to struggle, and he was in danger of losing his spot on the team, as he went 0-3 with a 6.67 ERA and a dreadful 1.82 WHIP.

Finally, Mays actually showed signs of turning his season around before the trade, sporting a solid 3.67 ERA and 1.19 WHIP despite a 1-2 record. But his replacement, Nehf, struggled mightily in dropping both of his starts, with a 6.14 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and failing to strike out a single one of the 71 batters whom he faced. Indeed, an ominous tone was struck when the flyballer Nehf surrendered two homers to the first four hitters whom he faced as an Indian.

The Tribe's season was in grave peril, as they were closer to the basement than to contention. Moreover, the Indians had no significant long-term upgrades on the horizon to help boost their struggling offense. However, the Senators -- the worst team in baseball last season -- demonstrated that a team's fortunes could change at the drop of a hat, as they opened up a five-game lead on the Browns. Meanwhile, the red-hot New York Giants, led by Frankie Frisch and Hippo Vaughan, opened up a 7-game lead on the Pirates, after starting the month with a 16-game winning streak.
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The Cleveland Indians' up-and-down season stabilized in July, as the Tribe went 14-14. Of course, since they started the month in fifth place with a double-digit deficit, going .500 did them little good. Although they briefly reached the .500 mark, the Indians ended the month with in fifth place with a 49-53 record, 13 1/2 games behind the surprising Washington Senators. The Indians finally upgraded at third base, giving up on the struggling Possum Whitted by acquiring Russ Wrightstone from the hapless Phillies in exchange for minor league pitchers Syl Johnson and Jack Wisner. However, shortly after acquiring Wrightstone, slugging left fielder Bobby Veach injured his elbow, and he was expected to miss at least four weeks.

Once again, the Indians were led offensively by star second baseman Riggs Stephenson, who hit .378, slugged .486, and scored 16 runs, although he drove in only 9 runs despite 42 hits for the month. Stephenson ended the month in second place in the AL batting race with a .380 average, trailing only Yankees superstar Rogers Hornsby. Rookie outfielder Bunny Roser seized control of center field over struggling veteran Dutch Zwilling, hitting .293, slugging .573, with a team-high 3 homers and 16 RBI's. Veteran catcher Ted Easterly continued his solid season, hitting .321 and slugging .488, with a team-high 5 triples and 13 RBI's. However, first baseman Wally Pipp continued his summer swoon, hitting just .238 with a soft .337 slugging percentage, and drove in just 14 runs despite hitting in the middle of the lineup. Right fielder Sam Rice struggled to get on base, although he hit for surprising power: he batted a mediocre .274 with a .328 on-base percentage, although he ripped two homers and drove in 19 runs from the leadoff spot.

Herb Pennock continued to pitch reasonably well, going 3-4 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Recent acquisition Art Nehf showed modest signs of improvement, going 2-3 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Eppa Rixey struggled -- although he went 3-1 in seven starts, he sported a bloated 5.68 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. Jim Bagby's see-saw season continued, as he went 3-3 despite a hefty 6.04 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Southpaw Earl Hamilton, after yet another mediocre start, was banished to the bullpen and replaced by Dickie Kerr, who was very effective in 14 innings, going 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP, although it remained to be seen if this performance was sustainable.

It was apparent that 1922 would be a transitional season for the Tribe, as their league-worst offense continued to sputter in an era of increased slugging. The Indians were gradually replacing older, ineffective veterans, as Whitted and Zwilling saw their playing time slashed in favor of younger alternatives. Meanwhile, the Senators, led by slugger Goose Goslin and young catcher Gabby Hartnett, opened up a comfortable 6-game lead over the powerful Yankees. In the NL, the Pirates closed the gap on the league leading Giants, finishing the month just 2 1/2 games out of first. Young slugger Lou Gehrig of the Brooklyn Robins paced the Senior Circuit in both homers and RBI's, leading the Senior Circuit with 28 round-trippers and 96 RBI's -- 20 more than second-place Babe Ruth.
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