Below the Box Score – A Weekly Look at the Lesser Watched Statistics in Baseball

 

Editor note: Below the Box Score is a new weekly recurring segment that will discuss the lesser analyzed portions of the box score: namely attendance, time of game, weather, and ejections.  We hope you enjoy.

Opening Day is always an exciting one, with fans ready for Summer, but often times, the hype of Opening Day fails to translate into the following week, with teams playing in mostly empty stadia early on.  This was no more clear than in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Cincinnati this week, where the minimum attendance was in some cases more than 30,000 less than the Opening Day.  For some, this is attributable to bad weather that’s often found in April, but for others it’s an indication of the fan’s expectations for the coming year.

On the other side of the spectrum there are the Blue Jays, who have drawn >47,000 for their first series. Clearly expectations are high in the Rogers Centre. Or perhaps they’re just all there to see the new all-dirt infield.

In regards to changes to the pace of play, it seems to be having an effect, with only one game going longer than four hours last week (surprisingly in only 9 innings). The Orioles seem to be the big winners, with an average game play of 2:50, though this might be attributable to winning five straight low-scoring games.

In the weather world, the coldest it got on opening week was a somewhat-balmy-for-April 31 degrees in the Tigers-Yankees game on Saturday. Meanwhile in Phoenix, the mercury topped the scale at 90 degrees for the Diamondbacks against the Rockies.  The D-Backs unsurprisingly had the highest average temperature over the last week at 87 degrees, which will be the status quo on all Arizona homestands until the roof gets closed in mid-to-late May.

Finally, there were four ejections this week, two of managers and two of players. The honor of the first ejection of 2016 goes to Rangers’ reliever Tom Wilhelmsen1.

 

Below is a quick look at the miscellany, and below that we have three tables of raw data for your reading enjoyment.  The first is for home teams, then away, then total games played by team.  Enjoy!

 

Attendance:

 

Lowest attendance last week: Cleveland (vs Boston), Wednesday, April 6th. 10,298.

Highest-Lowest attendance last week: Toronto (vs Boston), Sunday, April 10th. 46,158

Highest attendance last week: Colorado (vs San Diego), Friday, April 8th. 49,360.

Lowest-Highest attendance last week: Tampa (vs Toronto), Sunday, April 3rd. 31,042.

 

 

Game time:

Longest game last week: D-Backs vs Rockies, Monday, April 4th. 4:11 (10-5 COL)

Shortest game last week: Reds vs Phillies, Wednesday, April 6th. 2:23 (3-2 CIN)

Quickest average game for the week: Baltimore, 2:50 average over 5 games.

Longest average game for the week: Miami, 3:23 average over 4 games.

 

 

Weather:

Warmest game last week: Diamondbacks vs Rockies, 90 degrees, Monday, April 4th.

Coldest game last week: Tigers vs Yankees, 31 degrees, Saturday, April 9th.

Warmest average for the week: Diamondbacks, 87 degrees over 7 games.

Coldest average for the week: Yankees, 39.9 degrees over 5 games.

Windiest game last week: Tie: Yankees-Astros and Reds-Phillies, both at 24 MPH.

Windiest week: Astros, 17.7 MPH over 6 games.

 

 

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 4

Ejections by league: AL 3, NL 1

 

 

Raw data:

Home games

Team
# of Games
Min Att
Max Att
Avg Att
Min Gametime
Max Gametime
Avg Gametime
Min Temp
Max Temp
Avg Temp
Min Wind
Max Wind
Avg Wind
Ejections
Angels
6
35097
44020
38094
02:34
03:30
02:59
61
76
67.8
3
10
5.7
Athletics
4
10478
35067
18648
02:54
03:28
03:06
65
83
71.8
0
10
5.8
Blue Jays
3
46158
48871
47389
02:27
03:24
02:53
Braves
5
18531
48282
29664
02:53
03:55
03:20
55
75
62.8
10
20
13.2
Brewers
6
20098
44318
29201
02:29
03:35
03:08
Diamondbacks
7
18572
48165
29458
02:39
04:11
03:12
82
90
87
4
6
5
Giants
4
41224
41940
41641
02:58
03:22
03:08
58
67
61.3
4
10
7.8
Indians
2
10298
34493
22396
03:13
03:29
03:21
34
60
47
7
8
7.5
Mariners
3
30834
47065
38108
02:54
03:03
02:57
57
67
63.7
1
6
2.7
Marlins
2
17883
36911
27397
03:22
03:47
03:34
77
77
77
16
16
16
Mets
3
37083
44099
39472
02:44
03:09
02:56
41
47
44.3
7
21
12
Nationals
2
24593
41650
33122
02:52
03:32
03:12
43
61
52
2
11
6.5
Orioles
5
11142
45785
21991
02:32
03:11
02:50
44
58
50.2
5
7
5.8
Padres
3
28329
44317
34233
02:36
03:10
02:54
65
72
69
6
12
8.3
Pirates
3
14890
39500
26813
03:02
03:27
03:12
39
63
47.3
7
15
12
Rangers
3
26945
49289
34873
02:38
03:30
03:01
74
83
79.3
4
12
9
1
Rays
4
12757
31042
18293
02:47
03:07
02:55
Reds
6
10784
43683
23881
02:23
03:24
02:58
38
55
46.7
9
24
17.3
Rockies
3
27587
49360
37375
02:38
03:48
03:16
62
62
62
2
8
5.3
Royals
5
27166
40030
34659
02:51
03:23
03:09
58
73
65.4
10
17
14.4
Tigers
2
32419
45049
38734
02:44
03:20
03:02
31
38
34.5
11
18
14.5
1
White Sox
2
20192
38019
29106
02:43
02:45
02:44
32
39
35.5
13
18
15.5
Yankees
3
30003
47820
38439
03:00
03:45
03:20
36
57
45.3
11
24
17.7

Away games

Team
# of Games
Min Att
Max Att
Avg Att
Min Gametime
Max Gametime
Avg Gametime
Min Temp
Max Temp
Avg Temp
Min Wind
Max Wind
Avg Wind
Ejections
Astros
6
28127
47820
33664
03:00
03:45
03:14
36
57
45.3
11
24
17.7
Athletics
3
30834
47065
38108
02:54
03:03
02:57
57
67
63.7
1
6
2.7
Blue Jays
4
12757
31042
18293
02:47
03:07
02:55
Cardinals
6
14890
39500
26991
03:00
03:55
03:20
39
63
52.7
7
20
13.5
Cubs
6
24656
44020
33117
02:34
03:29
03:01
75
82
77.7
6
8
6.7
Dodgers
7
28329
44317
38466
02:36
03:22
03:02
58
72
64.6
4
12
8
1
Giants
3
20098
44318
29513
02:29
03:35
03:07
Indians
2
20192
38019
29106
02:43
02:45
02:44
32
39
35.5
13
18
15.5
Mariners
3
26945
49289
34873
02:38
03:30
03:01
74
83
79.3
4
12
9
Marlins
2
24593
41650
33122
02:52
03:32
03:12
43
61
52
2
11
6.5
Mets
2
39782
40030
39906
02:51
03:13
03:02
68
73
70.5
14
17
15.5
Nationals
2
18531
48282
33407
02:53
03:23
03:08
65
75
70
10
11
10.5
Padres
3
27587
49360
37375
02:38
03:48
03:16
62
62
62
2
8
5.3
Phillies
6
10784
44099
32417
02:23
03:09
02:52
41
55
46.8
7
24
15.5
Pirates
3
17194
27207
22400
03:00
03:24
03:09
38
53
44
9
19
15.7
Rangers
4
35097
39089
36875
02:43
03:30
03:04
61
67
64
3
10
5
Rays
2
17304
23101
20203
02:46
02:53
02:49
44
50
47
5
6
5.5
Red Sox
5
10298
48871
37392
02:27
03:29
03:04
34
60
47
7
8
7.5
Rockies
3
18572
48165
29522
02:39
04:11
03:21
89
90
89.5
4
5
4.5
Tigers
2
17883
36911
27397
03:22
03:47
03:34
77
77
77
16
16
16
Twins
6
11142
45785
27172
02:32
03:23
03:02
48
68
57.2
5
17
9.8
1
White Sox
4
10478
35067
18648
02:54
03:28
03:06
65
83
71.8
0
10
5.8
Yankees
2
32419
45049
38734
02:44
03:20
03:02
31
38
34.5
11
18
14.5

All games

Team
# of Games
Min Att
Max Att
Avg Att
Min Gametime
Max Gametime
Avg Gametime
Min Temp
Max Temp
Avg Temp
Min Wind
Max Wind
Avg Wind
Ejections
Angels
6
35097
44020
38094
02:34
03:30
02:59
61
76
67.8
3
10
5.7
Astros
6
28127
47820
33664
03:00
03:45
03:14
36
57
45.3
11
24
17.7
Athletics
7
10478
47065
26988
02:54
03:28
03:01
57
83
67.8
0
10
4.3
Blue Jays
7
12757
48871
30763
02:27
03:24
02:54
Braves
5
18531
48282
29664
02:53
03:55
03:20
55
75
62.8
10
20
13.2
Brewers
6
20098
44318
29201
02:29
03:35
03:08
Cardinals
6
14890
39500
26991
03:00
03:55
03:20
39
63
52.7
7
20
13.5
Cubs
6
24656
44020
33117
02:34
03:29
03:01
75
82
77.7
6
8
6.7
Diamondbacks
7
18572
48165
29458
02:39
04:11
03:12
82
90
87
4
6
5
Dodgers
7
28329
44317
38466
02:36
03:22
03:02
58
72
64.6
4
12
8
1
Giants
7
20098
44318
36443
02:29
03:35
03:07
58
67
61.3
4
10
7.8
Indians
4
10298
38019
25751
02:43
03:29
03:02
32
60
41.3
7
18
11.5
Mariners
6
26945
49289
36491
02:38
03:30
02:59
57
83
71.5
1
12
5.9
Marlins
4
17883
41650
30260
02:52
03:47
03:23
43
77
64.5
2
16
11.3
Mets
5
37083
44099
39646
02:44
03:13
02:59
41
73
57.4
7
21
13.8
Nationals
4
18531
48282
33265
02:52
03:32
03:10
43
75
61
2
11
8.5
Orioles
5
11142
45785
21991
02:32
03:11
02:50
44
58
50.2
5
7
5.8
Padres
6
27587
49360
35804
02:36
03:48
03:05
62
72
65.5
2
12
6.8
Phillies
6
10784
44099
32417
02:23
03:09
02:52
41
55
46.8
7
24
15.5
Pirates
6
14890
39500
24607
03:00
03:27
03:10
38
63
45.7
7
19
13.9
Rangers
7
26945
49289
36017
02:38
03:30
03:02
61
83
71.7
3
12
7
1
Rays
6
12757
31042
18930
02:46
03:07
02:52
44
50
47
5
6
5.5
Red Sox
5
10298
48871
37392
02:27
03:29
03:04
34
60
47
7
8
7.5
Reds
6
10784
43683
23881
02:23
03:24
02:58
38
55
46.7
9
24
17.3
Rockies
6
18572
49360
33449
02:38
04:11
03:18
62
90
75.8
2
8
4.9
Royals
5
27166
40030
34659
02:51
03:23
03:09
58
73
65.4
10
17
14.4
Tigers
4
17883
45049
33066
02:44
03:47
03:18
31
77
55.8
11
18
15.3
1
Twins
6
11142
45785
27172
02:32
03:23
03:02
48
68
57.2
5
17
9.8
1
White Sox
6
10478
38019
22134
02:43
03:28
02:55
32
83
53.7
0
18
10.7
Yankees
5
30003
47820
38557
02:44
03:45
03:11
31
57
39.9
11
24
16.1
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