Below the Box Score – A Weekly Review of Attendance, Weather, Pace, and Ejections – Week of 4/18

April is a great time for baseball, if you like rain delays and wild temperature swings. This week’s low temperature demonstrates how volatile the springtime is.  In Minnesota, Wednesday’s game was a comfortable 68 degrees for an 8 PM start. The very next day, at 1 PM, the temperatures had dropped down to a chilly 42 degrees. That was naturally complemented by a brisk 21 MPH wind, making the Twins vs White Sox game the second windiest of the week, but likely the most miserable from a fan perspective.  And that’s before you factor in that it was the 9th loss to start the season for the Twins.

 

Elsewhere in baseball, attendance numbers came in pretty high, with one notable exception: Seattle. The Mariners drew 13,468; 13,376; and 15,075 in their three games this week. In a cross-sport comparison sure to draw the ire of Seattleites, the Oklahoma City Thunder outdrew the Mariners by an average of 4,230 fans (18,203 to 13,973). And yes Seattle fans, before you get the pitchforks out, I realize that one of the games was a playoff game.

 

 

In regards to getting you home early, every team this week played a sub 3 hour game, with the shortest being 2:12. A third played games shorter than 2:30, with over half averaging a time of game below 3 hours. The Padres has the biggest difference between shortest and longest game, with a 2:27 game and then a 14 inning epic against the Diamondbacks that ran 5:25, the longest game of the week.

 

On the ejection front, a rather slow week for those of us interested in seeing people get run.  Zero ejections all week as everyone behaved themselves, which is a disappointment.  That means that the AL still leads the NL in ejections: 3-1.

 

And of course we have your miscellany, and below that we have three tables of raw data for your reading enjoyment.  The first is for total games played,  then home, then away games.

 

Attendance:

Lowest attendance last week: Tampa (vs Cleveland), Wednesday, April 13th. 10,117. New season low!

Highest-Lowest attendance last week: Los Angeles Dodgers (vs Arizona), Thursday, April 14th. 40,879

Highest attendance last week: Los Angeles Dodgers (vs San Francisco), Friday, April 15th. 53,449. New season high!

Lowest-Highest attendance last week: Seattle (vs Texas), Wednesday, April 13th. 15,075.

Game time:

Longest game last week: San Diego vs Arizona, Saturday, April 16th. 5:25 (5-3 SD, 14 innings)New season longest!

Shortest game last week: Washington vs Atlanta, Wednesday, April 13th. 2:12 (3-0 WAS) New season shortest!

Quickest average game for the week: Tampa, 2:42 average over 6 games.

Longest average game for the week: Arizona, 3:19 average over 6 games.

Weather:

Warmest game last week: San Diego vs Arizona, 85 degrees, Sunday, April 17th.

Coldest game last week: Chicago White Sox vs Twins, 42 degrees, Monday, April 11th.

Warmest average for the week: Houston, 75.5 degrees over 7 games.

Coldest average for the week: Chicago Cubs, 50 degrees over 6 games.

Windiest game last week: Boston vs Baltimore, 22 MPH, Monday, April 11th.

Windiest week: Minnesota, 15.8 MPH over 6 games.

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 0 (4 total this season)

Ejections by league: AL 0, NL 0.  (Season: AL 3, NL 1)

Raw data:

All games

Team
Count of Games
Minimum Attendance
Maximum Attendance
Average Attendance
Minimum Time of Game
Maximum Time of Game
Average Time of Game
Minimum Temp
Maximum Temp
Average Temp
Minimum Wind
Maximum Wind
Average Wind
Ejections
Angels
6
11216
27464
18989
2:41
4:02
3:12
58
77
68.3
11
18
14
Astros
7
21027
43332
28633
2:34
3:17
3:00
75
76
75.5
2
3
2.5
Athletics
6
11216
29668
18794
2:37
3:15
2:57
58
70
64.8
5
13
9.8
Blue Jays
6
27938
37217
32982
2:22
3:09
2:50
49
53
50.7
9
20
13.7
Braves
7
18071
33123
21859
2:12
3:29
2:51
56
72
63
0
14
6.3
Brewers
6
24280
47608
36522
2:29
3:31
3:01
50
77
65.7
4
13
7.5
Cardinals
6
40168
47608
44077
2:29
3:12
2:47
50
78
67.3
7
13
9.8
Cubs
6
34437
41702
38349
2:38
3:07
2:54
43
58
50
5
12
8
Diamondbacks
6
28955
53279
38655
2:36
5:25
3:19
64
85
71.2
3
14
9.8
Dodgers
6
40879
53449
49029
2:36
3:32
2:57
65
80
72.3
3
12
7.5
Giants
6
20814
53449
36617
2:42
3:32
3:02
61
80
72.2
6
12
8.2
Indians
6
10117
20165
14045
2:32
3:37
2:54
51
54
52.7
5
12
9.7
Mariners
6
13376
43856
26647
2:34
3:21
3:01
55
64
58.5
1
8
3.6
Marlins
6
18071
33123
25222
2:53
3:45
3:13
52
57
55
10
15
12.7
Mets
6
15365
28923
21418
2:32
3:45
3:09
51
57
53.9
5
15
11.2
Nationals
7
18119
37378
23909
2:12
3:24
2:51
56
72
63.4
0
14
5.5
Orioles
6
22820
39493
32371
2:47
3:26
3:04
44
75
61.8
4
22
13.2
Padres
7
17638
45229
27930
2:27
5:25
3:13
55
85
67.3
3
17
11.9
Phillies
7
17638
45229
27473
2:27
3:24
2:52
55
67
61.3
3
17
8.3
Pirates
7
18751
34957
26149
2:52
3:31
3:16
43
77
57.8
1
13
8.2
Rangers
6
13376
39493
22810
2:35
3:20
2:52
55
75
64.2
1
18
6.1
Rays
6
10117
30451
16696
2:23
3:20
2:42
Red Sox
6
31011
37217
34031
2:43
3:26
3:09
44
57
51
9
22
14.7
Reds
6
34898
46268
41328
2:31
3:12
2:56
43
78
60.2
8
13
10
Rockies
6
20814
41702
30291
2:38
3:26
2:55
52
72
60.9
5
12
7.5
Royals
7
19451
43332
26336
2:37
3:17
2:59
65
75
70
2
12
6.5
Tigers
7
18751
30657
26207
2:34
3:20
3:11
43
76
56.6
1
13
7.5
Twins
6
19736
40638
26207
2:51
4:02
3:13
42
77
67.3
6
21
15.8
White Sox
6
16801
40638
25074
2:23
3:05
2:47
42
68
59.3
6
21
15.3
Yankees
6
27938
43856
35159
2:22
3:21
2:53
59
64
61
2
8
5.7

Home games

Team
Count of Games
Minimum Attendance
Maximum Attendance
Average Attendance
Minimum Time of Game
Maximum Time of Game
Average Time of Game
Minimum Temp
Maximum Temp
Average Temp
Minimum Wind
Maximum Wind
Average Wind
Ejections
Astros
7
21027
43332
28633
2:34
3:17
3:00
75
76
75.5
2
3
2.5
Athletics
6
11216
29668
18794
2:37
3:15
2:57
58
70
64.8
5
13
9.8
Blue Jays
3
27938
36238
30998
2:22
3:03
2:42
Cardinals
6
40168
47608
44077
2:29
3:12
2:47
50
78
67.3
7
13
9.8
Cubs
6
34437
41702
38349
2:38
3:07
2:54
43
58
50
5
12
8
Dodgers
6
40879
53449
49029
2:36
3:32
2:57
65
80
72.3
3
12
7.5
Indians
3
15365
20165
17717
2:32
3:37
3:01
51
54
52.7
5
12
9.7
Mariners
3
13376
15075
13973
2:35
3:20
2:58
55
57
56
1
2
1.5
Marlins
3
18071
33123
25325
2:55
3:29
3:09
Mets
3
22113
28923
25118
2:53
3:45
3:18
52
57
55
10
15
12.7
Nationals
4
18119
21144
19260
2:12
3:05
2:38
56
72
63
0
14
6.3
Padres
3
28955
34051
31175
2:37
5:25
3:43
64
85
75
12
14
12.7
Phillies
7
17638
45229
27473
2:27
3:24
2:52
55
67
61.3
3
17
8.3
Pirates
5
18751
34957
26057
2:52
3:31
3:17
54
77
66
1
8
5.4
Rangers
3
22820
39493
31647
2:47
2:48
2:47
71
75
72.3
4
18
10.7
Rays
6
10117
30451
16696
2:23
3:20
2:42
Red Sox
6
31011
37217
34031
2:43
3:26
3:09
44
57
51
9
22
14.7
Rockies
3
20814
21891
21310
2:44
3:26
3:05
61
72
67
6
12
8.3
Tigers
2
26271
26489
26380
3:16
3:17
3:16
43
56
49.5
9
13
11
Twins
6
19736
40638
26207
2:51
4:02
3:13
42
77
67.3
6
21
15.8
Yankees
3
35531
43856
39320
2:34
3:21
3:04
59
64
61
2
8
5.7

Away games

Team
Count of Games
Minimum Attendance
Maximum Attendance
Average Attendance
Minimum Time of Game
Maximum Time of Game
Average Time of Game
Minimum Temp
Maximum Temp
Average Temp
Minimum Wind
Maximum Wind
Average Wind
Ejections
Angels
6
11216
27464
18989
2:41
4:02
3:12
58
77
68.3
11
18
14
Blue Jays
3
31415
37217
34966
2:43
3:09
2:58
49
53
50.7
9
20
13.7
Braves
7
18071
33123
21859
2:12
3:29
2:51
56
72
63
0
14
6.3
Brewers
6
24280
47608
36522
2:29
3:31
3:01
50
77
65.7
4
13
7.5
Diamondbacks
6
28955
53279
38655
2:36
5:25
3:19
64
85
71.2
3
14
9.8
Giants
6
20814
53449
36617
2:42
3:32
3:02
61
80
72.2
6
12
8.2
Indians
3
10117
10715
10372
2:32
3:20
2:48
Mariners
3
35531
43856
39320
2:34
3:21
3:04
59
64
61
2
8
5.7
Marlins
3
22113
28923
25118
2:53
3:45
3:18
52
57
55
10
15
12.7
Mets
3
15365
20165
17717
2:32
3:37
3:01
51
54
52.7
5
12
9.7
Nationals
3
22624
37378
30107
2:37
3:24
3:04
61
67
63.7
4
5
4.7
Orioles
6
22820
39493
32371
2:47
3:26
3:04
44
75
61.8
4
22
13.2
Padres
4
17638
45229
25497
2:27
2:58
2:43
55
66
59.5
3
17
11
Pirates
2
26271
26489
26380
3:16
3:17
3:16
43
56
49.5
9
13
11
Rangers
3
13376
15075
13973
2:35
3:20
2:58
55
57
56
1
2
1.5
Reds
6
34898
46268
41328
2:31
3:12
2:56
43
78
60.2
8
13
10
Rockies
3
34437
41702
39272
2:38
2:59
2:45
52
58
54.7
5
8
6.7
Royals
7
19451
43332
26336
2:37
3:17
2:59
65
75
70
2
12
6.5
Tigers
5
18751
30657
26138
2:34
3:20
3:07
54
76
63.7
1
8
4
White Sox
6
16801
40638
25074
2:23
3:05
2:47
42
68
59.3
6
21
15.3
Yankees
3
27938
36238
30998
2:22
3:03
2:42