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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 02, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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attack has been strengthened by the
addition of Chappell, former White
Sox outfielder, who is hitting for the
National leaguers as -well as he did
in the American ass'n. Philadelphia
forms a better balanced combination
than any of the three contenders. On
paper and in the way they perform
their work there isiothing sensa
tional about the Morans, and to the
casual observer it is difficult to see
how they stick in the hunt
But Moran has imbued them with
team spirit and they appear to re
bound easily when upset No team
cah hit a bad slump when it has' a
pitcher like i Alexander, who can
break a losing streak every three
days. Rixey is standing manfully by
Alex in handling the box work and
Demaree has also turned in some
good games. Demaree can pitch
every four days, but the other two
are strong enough to work oftener.
&lex has to be allowed to work every
other day and it is a certainty that
from now to the final game, with the
Phils fighting every inch of the way,
he will be kept diligently at work.
He and Rixey blanked the Dodgers
in two games yesterday. It was Alex
ander's 26th win of the season and
he also set a new record for shut
outs, having scored 14 so far this
year. He was pitching, against Jack
Coombs, who held the former mark
of 13.
v But if you are hectic over the
three-ring circus in the National,
how about the six-ring affair going
on in the Johnson circuit Cleve
land, in sixth place, is but six games
back of Boston and has a chance,
though a drab one, for the pennant
Nevertheless, it is a chance. The
Yanks are but five games back. Then
come four teams in the first division
within three and a half games of
each other. There was never before
anything like it at this period of the
campaign. '
Detroit, White Sox or Browns can
be in firs place Monday night
should either run into a winning
streak while the Red Sox are being
trimmed". For the present, the sched
ule favors the world's champions.
They are meeting the comparative
ly weak eastern trio, while Tigers,
Sox and Browns, all evenly matched,,
are battling among themselves.
But unless the Red Sox can win
nearly every game in the east, they;
will start west with little or no lead,
and play four tough cities while the
western contenders are fattening off
the other easterners. ' 1
White Sox come home next
Wednesday to meet the Cleveland1
Indians for four games, but before
that the status of the Rowlands as
pennant contenders should be de
cided. They play Detroit one game
today and then go to St Louis for
four. There comes the tug. And it
will be no easy position for the Hose;
for the Browns are playing the best
ball of any team in either JeagueJ
combining intelligence with thtf
punch and mechanical ability in
every department.
Orr What they have shown recent
ly, if a western entry is ta be re.
turned winner, put your money on
Browns or Tigers. The Sox are noC
out of it, but they have not displayed,
as much strength as their two
neighbors. However, doping this
present Sox team is the most impose
sible task in the world. If they doped"
they would be out in front by half a
dozen games. 'i
Freddie Welsh and Charlie Whit
are ready for the gong Labor day.
Each has finished his actual training
and now they are merely doing
enough to keep fit Neither has any
fears of weighing in. Both are dowtt
to the required poundage and claim4
to be strong. '
Betters on the spot have made
Welsh the favorite, naturally, and
everything justifies their choice
The Chicagoan packs a punch of un
dented worth, but he lacks the clev
erness of the champion. And those
who believe the Briton is unable to"
damage an opponent with his fistS
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