Below the Box Score: 2018 MLB Attendance, Ejections, & Weather. April 8: NL Ejection Runaway!


Our first full week of the season and it feels like we’re fully back in the swing of things. Besides some weird things regarding scheduling due to MLB’s wishes to give home team’s a day off mid series to protect home openers, everything looks as it should this week. With one notable exception.

For the first time in a long time, the NL has completely dominated the ejections race thus far. This week was the biggest separator the NL has ever had over the AL with all five weekly ejections happening on the Senior Circuit.  American League teams surely calling closed door meetings to get themselves back the title they have held for the past three years.

Attendance hit some low water marks as the excitement wore off in many metro areas. Oakland and Pittsburgh both drew sub-10k one time last week (Oakland actually did it thrice) and they were joined by eight more teams that drew below 20,000 at least once on the week.  Of the ten aforementioned teams, only seven averaged below the 20,000 mark, being the A’s, Marlins, Tigers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Reds, and Padres. On the top end, Colorado, St. Louis, and San Francisco all averaged above 40,000 for the week, with the Angels, Yankees, Phillies, Astros, Brewers, and Nationals joining them with 40,000 at least for one game of the week.

Weather was cold, with two teams hosting games in 27 degree weather this week, and another four playing right at the freezing mark. Arizona once again hoisted the warm temperature mark at 86 degrees, a full 8 degrees above second place. On the wind front, it was a rough couple of days in Boston with no game being played at Fenway in less than 14 MPH winds, while Pittsburgh took the weekly crown with a 21 MPH day coupled with chilly temps.  Spring has clearly not arrived.

 

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: Oakland (vs Texas), Monday, April 2nd. 7,416

Highest-(Lowest attendance) last week: San Francisco (vs Seattle), Tuesday, April 3rd. 40,901

Highest attendance last week: Colorado (vs Atlanta), Friday, April 6th. 48,216

Lowest-(Highest attendance) last week: Oakland (vs Texas), Thursday, April 5th. 10,132

 

Game time:

Longest game last week: Arizona (vs LA Dodgers), Monday, April 2nd. 5:46 (8-7 Arizona)

Shortest game last week: Detroit (vs Kansas City), Tuesday, April 3rd. 2:17 (1-0 Kansas City)

Longest average game for the week: LA Dodgers, 3:51 average over 5 games.

Quickest average game for the week: Kansas City, 2:37 average over 5 games.

 

Weather:

Warmest game last week: Arizona (vs LA Dodgers), 86 degrees, Monday, April 2nd.

Coldest game last week: TIE – 27 degrees: Colorado (vs Atlanta), Friday, April 6th & Minnesota (vs Seattle), Saturday, April 7th.

Warmest average for the week: LA Dodgers, 73.6 degrees over 5 games.

Coldest average for the week: Minnesota, 35.5 degrees over 4 games.

Windiest game last week: Pittsburgh vs Minnesota, 21 mph, Wednesday, April 4th.

Windiest week: Tampa Bay, 14.4 MPH over 5 games.

 

Ejections:

Total ejections last week: 5 (10 on full season)

Ejections by league: AL 0, NL 5. (Season total: AL 2, NL 8)

 

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
Arizona62173546512338602:255:463:23378663.70136.41
Atlanta62505448216353402:263:283:00277858.24159.3
Baltimore72769842675352662:425:203:3742785801712.1
Boston51111336134252002:484:273:37387758.4101813.1
Chi Cubs51896343331327292:333:453:03446560.2061.2
Chi White Sox61113133318187372:384:033:15326852.50104
Cincinnati5922718963129782:283:262:52355142.76188.7
Cleveland61424043904296082:294:283:07326549.94148.5
Colorado71689948216295372:263:282:552767554138.1
Detroit51113133318183272:174:033:04324337.53138
Houston62769842675380032:253:272:59527867.70175.7
Kansas City51424034720193762:172:552:37324136.631410
LA Angels63241244742387032:494:283:25627366.2485.7
LA Dodgers52173542374319492:255:463:51628673.60178
Miami51111344488277083:034:273:24447760.951710.8
Milwaukee72431045393350732:413:453:06646564.40001
Minnesota41841639214271273:093:363:24274035.532110.8
NY Mets42132842477285392:513:052:58405444.582012.8
NY Yankees63365346776376982:445:203:46406046.771812.8
Oakland7741644742222152:233:353:03577363.44116.8
Philadelphia52132844488310402:513:213:04405446.252013.5
Pittsburgh6922730186161342:283:263:06355140.332111.5
San Diego71689942306281322:253:272:57527362.70135.1
San Francisco44090142582420412:525:163:3361636271713.5
Seattle41841642582352782:523:363:0927624771610.5
St. Louis62767446512381542:483:323:03376555.50134.9
Tampa Bay53182146776373482:443:553:21385342.871814.4
Texas7741626902156312:233:162:56427456.94139.3
Toronto61662926902210252:373:273:02427461.70135.4
Washington52505442477306202:553:103:01427855.781510.93

Home games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Arizona32173527574250212:255:463:39748681053
Atlanta32505429834272232:553:103:03537869.391512.3
Boston33182136134333112:483:553:31384340.3141815.7
Chi White Sox31113133318203582:384:033:263243375108
Cincinnati11896318963189632:332:332:33444444666
Cleveland31424034720221072:292:552:41324135.7101411.3
Colorado34012048216434562:263:282:56275947496.3
Detroit21508315476152802:172:462:313640383138
Houston62769842675380032:253:272:59527867.70175.7
LA Angels63241244742387032:494:283:25627366.2485.7
Miami21111314953130333:094:273:48767776.5101110.5
Milwaukee72431045393350732:413:453:06646564.40001
Minnesota21841639214288153:093:363:22273832.57129.5
NY Mets22132821397213632:513:052:58405447122016
NY Yankees63365346776376982:445:203:46406046.771812.8
Oakland474161013286532:233:102:53576058.54117.8
Philadelphia33366044488374913:033:213:09444645.351711
Pittsburgh6922730186161342:283:263:06355140.332111.5
San Diego41689920509190972:413:112:545967637139.8
San Francisco44090142582420412:525:163:3361636271713.5
St. Louis34046846512426982:533:323:07376146.37139.7
Texas32167026902249342:373:162:59427455.381310.7
Toronto31662917451171162:513:273:04686868000
Washington22895242477357152:572:592:584242428119.53

Away games

TeamCount of GamesMin AttendanceMax AttendanceAvg AttendanceMin Time of GameMax Time of GameAvg Time of GameMin TempMax TempAvg TempMin WindMax WindAvg WindEjections
Arizona34046846512426982:533:323:07376146.37139.71
Atlanta34012048216434562:263:282:56275947496.3
Baltimore72769842675352662:425:203:3742785801712.1
Boston21111314953130333:094:273:48767776.5101110.5
Chi Cubs51896343331327292:333:453:03446560.2061.2
Chi White Sox31662917451171162:513:273:04686868000
Cincinnati4922714336114822:283:262:57355141.361811.3
Cleveland33241243904371082:494:283:34626564475.7
Colorado41689920509190972:413:112:545967637139.8
Detroit31113133318203582:384:033:263243375108
Kansas City51424034720193762:172:552:37324136.631410
LA Dodgers52173542374319492:255:463:51628673.60178
Miami33366044488374913:033:213:09444645.351711
Minnesota22069030186254383:253:263:25374038.532112
NY Mets22895242477357152:572:592:584242428119.5
Oakland33602344742402982:533:353:16657368.3485.7
Philadelphia22132821397213632:513:052:58405447122016
San Diego33709342306401792:253:273:01527362.3010.3
Seattle41841642582352782:523:363:0927624771610.5
St. Louis32767445393336092:483:112:59646564.7000
Tampa Bay53182146776373482:443:553:21385342.871814.4
Texas474161013286532:233:102:53576058.54117.8
Toronto32167026902249342:373:162:59427455.381310.7
Washington32505429834272232:553:103:03537869.391512.3