Below the Box Score, Week of 8/14: Rays Sub-10K Again!


Once again the Rays have managed to draw fewer than 10,000 fans to a baseball game. This time it was against the defending AL Champion Cleveland Indians, who themselves last year had struggles with games drawing fewer than 10,000 fans early on. Not to be outdone by the American League, the Reds managed to play four games with between 13,600 and 16,200 in attendance, putting the Reds a full 1,700 fans lower in average attendance on the full week than the Rays, who managed to draw over 20,000 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Only the aforementioned Reds, A’s and White Sox joined the Rays in drawing fewer than 20,000 to a baseball game last week, and all four averaged below that number on the full week. On the opposite end of things, the Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Diamondbacks, and Giants all drew 40,000+ fans, with the Dodgers nearly averaging 50,000 as the “lifelong Dodgers fans” come out of the woodwork on the backside of the last three months of nonstop winning.  The Yankees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Giants, and Mariners all averaged above that mark on the full week, continuing to demonstrate that baseball certainly seems to be “back” in popularity.

 

Ejections went 5-4 in favor of the NL for the first time in weeks, as the Rangers kept their ejection streak going, now sitting at three consecutive weeks with an ejection after their Bench Coach was ejected on Saturday.  The AL is still running away with the ejections race at 72-60 with not much time left. Here’s to hoping that tempers flair up in the senior circuit.

Average game length once again sat at 3:05, which has been remarkably consistent throughout the year, unlike previous years. So while games are longer, they’re consistently falling in the 2:45-3:30 window with relatively few outside of that range.  A slight consolation to the lack of speeding up the game.

Weather had an interesting tidbit this week as the Cubs played in San Francisco in a chilly 62 degrees on both Tuesday and Wednesday. But it was Tuesday’s game that was surely the coldest as it had the highest winds of any MLB game on the week at 19 MPH.  Nothing warmer than the Bay Area in August!

Now finally, as always, your miscellany.  And of course we have included the raw data at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

Attendance:

Lowest attendance last week: Rays (vs Indians), Thursday, August 10th. 9,533

Highest-(Lowest attendance) last week: Yankees (vs Red Sox), Friday, August 11th. 46,509

Highest attendance last week: Dodgers (vs Padres), Saturday, August 12th. 53,230

Lowest-(Highest attendance) last week: Reds (vs Padres), Monday, August 7th. 16,240

 

Game time:

Longest game last week: Indians (vs Rockies), Wednesday, August 9th. 3:59 (3-2 Rockies)

Shortest game last week: Royals (vs Cardinals), Monday, August 7th. 2:32 (11-3 Cardinals)

Longest average game for the week: Twins, 3:22 average over 7 games.

Quickest average game for the week: Pirates, 2:48 average over 6 games.

 

Weather:

Warmest game last week: Rangers (vs Astros), 96 degrees, Friday, August 11th.

Coldest game last week: Giants (vs Cubs), 62 degrees, Tuesday, August 8th AND Wednesday, August 9th.

Warmest average for the week: Astros, 84.0 degrees over 6 games.

Coldest average for the week: Cubs, 62.3 degrees over 3 games.

Windiest game last week: Giants vs Cubs, 19 mph, Tuesday, August 8th.

Windiest week: Cubs, 17.0 MPH over 3 games.

 

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 9 (132 on full season)

Ejections by league: AL 4, NL 5. (Season total: AL 72, NL 60)

 

Raw data:

All games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Angels63414245388386142:423:142:59688778.82115.92
Astros51397447306256072:543:413:21789683.8613101
Athletics61138629742169522:333:203:01636865.7101512.7
Blue Jays53596546179413012:413:443:00697772.38119.3
Braves42277646360342122:523:082:58778379.5697.8
Brewers63017443248345613:073:553:21738278.13127.1
Cardinals63726746360416462:323:373:04778781195.9
Cubs63913142219407562:443:233:01626362.3151917
Diamondbacks52267042219341182:483:233:05
Dodgers42267052898366272:362:592:50768580.5454.51
Giants53234441099372232:443:112:57628070.941911
Indians6953326088196262:443:593:04747775.5687
Mariners61235445388315272:583:203:07638770.82149.9
Marlins62009625951221532:523:243:04708479395
Mets52692537326320642:513:253:06768379.54106.8
Nationals52179932344260002:523:113:02708479.2395
Orioles61138635723240392:333:202:5365817131510
Padres61368352898265522:363:062:55748578.8274.51
Phillies52277634131274672:553:253:05778379.56107.31
Pirates62165146179318832:363:062:48708377.55117.3
Rangers43389747306381882:513:223:08769683.34138.31
Rays6953322328167182:443:062:55
Red Sox41185347241319832:523:403:11777877.58119.5
Reds61368343248230092:563:553:10738276.32126.81
Rockies52009626088225782:493:593:17747775.56871
Royals61813744139345132:323:383:08748779.41115.2
Tigers72165133490289262:363:383:08708376.25117
Twins72973334185318463:093:383:22748278.83116.4
White Sox51397427351184642:493:413:19748378.21138
Yankees53955447241436222:503:443:16697874.98119.4

Home games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Angels23414235723349332:422:462:44808180.5385.52
Athletics61138629742169522:333:203:01636865.7101512.7
Blue Jays53596546179413012:413:443:00697772.38119.3
Braves22277625783242802:552:582:56777777676.5
Brewers43017443248354613:073:553:21737875.76128.7
Cardinals44170646360435332:523:373:13818784597.8
Diamondbacks52267042219341182:483:233:05
Dodgers24612852898495132:362:592:47768580.5454.51
Giants33986441099404752:442:552:49626362.3151917
Indians22553926088258142:493:593:24747775.5687
Mariners43502145388404542:593:143:076887772116.3
Marlins32009620769204213:063:243:12
Mets23422237326357742:513:072:59767877475.5
Nationals52179932344260002:523:113:02708479.2395
Phillies32692534131295913:033:253:108183826108
Pirates22165125112233822:362:372:36707874676.5
Rangers23389747306406023:143:223:18839689.5913111
Rays6953322328167182:443:062:55
Reds41368316240150722:563:062:59748278274.5
Royals23726738478378732:323:022:47777978174
Tigers52890233490311433:033:383:20748378.45117.4
Twins23133934185327623:133:303:21798280.5385.5
White Sox51397427351184642:493:413:19748378.21138
Yankees24650947241468753:133:403:26777877.58119.5

Away games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Angels43502145388404542:593:143:076887772116.3
Astros51397447306256072:543:413:21789683.861310
Braves24192846360441442:523:083:00818382999
Brewers23133934185327623:133:303:21798280.5385.5
Cardinals23726738478378732:323:022:47777978174
Cubs63913142219407562:443:233:01626362.3151917
Dodgers22267024810237402:482:592:53
Giants23234432344323443:093:113:10798079.5465
Indians4953322024165322:443:062:54
Mariners21235414989136722:583:203:09636664.5131413.5
Marlins32179925951238852:523:022:57708479395
Mets32692534131295913:033:253:108183826108
Orioles61138635723240392:333:202:5365817131510
Padres61368352898265522:363:062:55748578.8274.5
Phillies22277625783242802:552:582:56777777676.51
Pirates42890246179361342:413:062:557983815118
Rangers23422237326357742:513:072:59767877475.5
Red Sox41185347241319832:523:403:11777877.58119.5
Reds23451743248388833:073:553:31737674.561291
Rockies52009626088225782:493:593:17747775.56871
Royals41813744139328332:493:383:19748780.81116.3
Tigers22165125112233822:362:372:36707874676.5
Twins52973333904314803:093:383:237479775117.3
Yankees33955443212414542:503:443:09697772.38119.3