Below the Box Score, Week of 9/4: Labor Day Attendance Surprises!


With Labor Day upon us, and the expanded rosters of September have come, not changing average time of game much, luckily. However, with many teams’ fate decided, attendance had some surprises this week. Let’s take a look:

With the Reds, White Sox, Orioles, Athletics, Phillies, Mariners, Marlins, Pirates, and Diamondbacks all having a game of fewer than 20,000, there were few surprises on the list, with the exception of the smoking-hot Orioles and the Wild-Card-leading-but-kinda-faltering Diamondbacks. Perhaps the Orioles numbers are more alarming, given that they averaged below the mark on the full week, along with the A’s, Phillies, Reds, White Sox, and Marlins. Only five drew over 40,000 with the Yankees, Cubs, Padres, Giants*, and Brewers.  * being that the Giants have repeatedly announced sellouts this season in less than full stadia.  Only the Yankees and Giants averaged above 40,000 on the full week.

Time of game as mentioned remained pretty stable, with some four plus hour nine-inning games that did not involve the Red Sox, Yankees, or even ESPN. On the other side of things, the Padres continued their mission of getting people home quickly by playing a 2:23 game against the Cardinals.

Ejections by the American League continued to skyrocket, with six of seven of last week’s ejections coming from the junior circuit. This brings the AL up to a seemingly insurmountable 95-66 lead with less than a month remaining in the season.

Weather had a nice twist as the Giants, who previously were repeated winners in the coldest temps of the week rode the California heat wave to the top of the warmest weather last week, the first time the Giants have hosted the warmest game of a week.  Other than that, the temps dropped and the winds started to pick up slightly, but nothing of serious note.

 

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: Reds (vs Mets), Wednesday, August 30th. 12,491

Highest-(Lowest attendance) last week: Giants (vs Cardinals), Friday, September 1st. 37,797

Highest attendance last week: Yankees (vs Red Sox), Sunday, September 3rd. 46,717

Lowest-(Highest attendance) last week: Athletics (vs Angels), Monday, September 4th. 14,571

 

Game time:

Longest game last week: Athletics (vs Angels), Monday, September 4th. 4:38 (11-9 Angels)

Shortest game last week: Padres (vs Cardinals), Monday, September 4th. 2:23 (2-0 Cardinals)

Longest average game for the week: Rangers, 3:59 average over 4 games.

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

Weather:

Warmest game last week: Giants (vs Cardinals), 95 degrees, Saturday, September 2nd.

Coldest game last week: Pirates (vs Reds), 57 degrees, Saturday, September 2nd.

Warmest average for the week: Rangers, 90.7 degrees over 3 games.

Coldest average for the week: Red Sox, 69.0 degrees over 6 games.

Windiest game last week: Cubs vs Braves, 17 mph, Thursday, August 31st and Friday, September 1st.

Windiest week: Red Sox, 11.8 MPH over 6 games.

 

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 7 (161 on full season)

Ejections by league: AL 6, NL 1. (Season total: AL 95, NL 66)

 

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
Angels71457136229295292:534:383:47799288.3395.7
Astros43031934904324293:143:273:201
Athletics71457136229269592:324:383:21739081.6175.41
Blue Jays71380237693257822:444:273:23618369.24139
Braves71515442145316082:383:493:01678172.781711.6
Brewers72240340044317232:393:332:567283795129.71
Cardinals62502840783343432:233:332:56729579.55128.3
Cubs72106842145365252:383:492:5967817651711.9
Diamondbacks51988239442292233:023:483:21849288.7486
Dodgers61988242130325322:513:403:07798883797.8
Giants71963140783297572:313:172:55759582.63149.3
Indians81684839598276642:423:253:07628370.93169.4
Mariners61373626898190002:263:373:00678675.9163.7
Marlins61701325019197562:363:463:097278753127.5
Mets61249134904252562:273:303:11738077.32138.8
Nationals62083840044307612:363:062:507278753128.8
Orioles81373637622194902:264:273:19618372.13115.91
Padres81963142130296162:233:402:54738879.67149
Phillies81515428808184722:443:463:1171787681311
Pirates62106838453280772:493:052:54578069.25137.9
Rangers42513832240215403:274:333:59899290.7395.71
Rays51358525916200082:343:142:50677974.26138.2
Red Sox73467446717409842:443:463:1165746991511.81
Reds61249124474199022:273:302:57578369.92128.5
Rockies72830039442317093:033:483:22849287.7385.4
Royals62406833413276072:393:233:05698076.36149.3
Tigers82434230754270643:023:293:12628776.33137.4
Twins62053033413254513:053:233:1566807451410.81
White Sox71358521288183942:343:173:05668373.551610.3
Yankees83625346717418542:423:463:11658276.93159.3

Home games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Angels33371936229353232:533:343:06879088.7375.3
Astros43031934904324293:143:273:201
Athletics11457114571145714:384:384:387979797771
Blue Jays33467437693359992:443:233:01677068.5111312
Brewers62638440044332762:393:332:557278755107.31
Cubs63728042145391012:383:492:5867817251710.7
Diamondbacks21988223321216023:023:053:03
Giants33951340783400272:453:173:00799584.76129.7
Mariners31903026898227242:323:373:10738679.7132.3
Marlins41701319404181692:443:463:19
Mets12880828808288083:183:183:18787878131313
Nationals22083825019229292:363:062:517278753127.5
Orioles81373637622194902:264:273:19618372.13115.91
Padres81963142130296162:233:402:54738879.67149
Phillies31515415706154302:493:172:597178748109
Pirates42106824474231602:493:052:56578065.891310.8
Rangers32513832240287203:494:334:10899290.7395.71
Reds31249122403159472:273:303:00738378.72127
Rockies72830039442317093:033:483:22849287.7385.4
Royals22520425916255602:392:572:48757977666
Tigers52434226093251513:023:253:12627466.66139
Twins62053033413254513:053:233:1566807451410.81
White Sox41358517700164422:343:142:5767837571611.3
Yankees73625346717424582:423:463:10657971.731510.6

Away games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Angels41457132240251833:494:384:17799287.8396
Athletics61903036229290242:323:373:08739084.2173.8
Blue Jays41380227231181193:024:273:39618369.84116
Braves71515442145316082:383:493:01678172.781711.6
Brewers12240322403224033:033:033:03838383121212
Cardinals62502840783343432:233:332:56729579.55128.3
Cubs12106821068210683:053:053:05808080131313
Diamondbacks32962839442343033:133:483:33849288.7486
Dodgers61988242130325322:513:403:07798883797.8
Giants41963128300220542:313:152:51759080.53148.8
Indians81684839598276642:423:253:07628370.93169.4
Mariners31373616983152752:263:072:51677672365
Marlins22083825019229292:363:062:517278753127.5
Mets51249134904245452:273:303:10738076.5274.5
Nationals42638440044346772:393:012:49757575101010
Phillies51701328808202972:443:463:18787878131313
Pirates23737038453379122:502:502:50717472.5555
Rangers13:273:273:27
Rays51358525916200082:343:142:50677974.26138.2
Red Sox73467446717409842:443:463:1165746991511.81
Reds32352924474238572:493:002:5457656191110
Royals42406833413286303:053:233:14698075.5111412.5
Tigers32928130754302523:033:293:13858786385.7
White Sox32053021288209973:123:173:156677725139.3
Yankees13762237622376223:253:253:25828282888