The Yankees had one of their best offensive seasons themselves, perhaps not the 1927 version- but one that had offensive numbers that were sickening. In a previous article, I spent a little time breaking down the 1927 and 1936 Yankees, leaving the reader as the one to make the decision over which team had the better offense.
On a team that was so good offensively, we saw a team that was proportionately as bad on the mound. The one exception was Johnny Allen, who went 20-10, 3.44 with 165 Ks in 244 IP. He was clearly the heart and sole of the pitching staff that season. 1936 was Bob Feller's rookie season as he only got into 14 games that year. Understand that Feller was just 17 and he was 5-3, 3.44 in 8 starts with 5 CG. The Indians knew Feller would be part of things for years to come. In 62 innings, Feller K'd 76 batters but walked 47. One of the most consistent and better starting pitchers in the history of the Cleveland Indians was Mel Harder. 1936 was not one of Harder's best seasons (15-15, 5.17). The Indians regular rotation was rounded out by Oral Hildebrand (10-11. 4.90) and Lloyd Brown (8-10, 4.17).
Danny Galehouse split his time between the rotation and the back of the bullpen (8-7, 4.85 in 36 games, 15 starts). George Blaeholder (8-4, 5.09, 35, 16) and LHP Thornton Lee (3-5, 4.89, 43, 8) were inconsistent all season while Willis Hudin managed to finish with a 9.00 ERA for the entire season. He pitched 64 innings and gave up 64 earned runs.
The Indians as a team hit a AL leading .304 and led the circuit with their 1715 hits. They pitched to a 4.83 ERA as a team with a 1.59 WHIP and almost as many walks (609) as Ks (619). Allen, who was their stud pitcher, was acquired from the Yankees before the season in a deal that sent Monte Pearson to the Yankees. Allen was 17-4 on the 1932 Yankees team that beat the Cubs in the World Series. Oddly enough, in his one World Series appearance in 1932, he started but failed to get out of the first inning. He would later appear in the 1941 Fall Classic and pitched in 3 games of the 1941 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Yankees without giving up a run.