Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 warm bodies who play for the Padres.
Best Record Last Week: (tie) Anaheim Angels, 4-2, San Francisco Giants, 4-2.
Worst Record Last Week: San Diego Padres, 2-5.
Best Attendance (cumulative avg.): Los Angeles Dodgers, 44,519.
Worst Attendance (cumulative avg.): Oakland, 16,545.
Huell Howser Memorial ‘Is This Guy Serious!?’ Outstanding Performance Video:
DRIVE. HOME. SAFELY. On the same night he passed Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time RBI list, Angels DH Albert Pujols walked the White Sox off (with the help of an error by Leury Garcia) at Angels Stadium.
Gob Bluth’s Huge Mistake of the Week:
Fist baseman Mark Canha of the Oakland Athletics was going back on a ball Wednesday, called off Rajai Davis, and promptly booted the play with a runner on. Two runs had already scored in the inning and a third scored on the next at-bat.
Cheapest Ticket This Week: $6 for Wednesday’s Dodgers vs. Cardinals tilt.
California Series to Watch: While all eyes will be on the Dodgers-Cubs series in Dodgers Stadium starting Friday, the real CA series to watch will be Dodgers-Cards starting Tuesday. Both teams are in second place in their respective divisions and still identifying their strong suits. The Cards are 1-4 in their last 5 and the Dodgers are 4-1 and finding their stride. If the boys in blue can acquit themselves well this week, they’ll be right back in the thick of things out west and potentially position themselves as the team to beat.
Athletics: 5/23-24 vs. Marlins, 5/26-28 @ Yankees.
Giants: 5/22-25 @ Cubs, 5/26-28 vs. Braves.
Dodgers: 5/23-25 vs. Cardinals, 5/26-38 vs. Cubs.
Angels: 5/22-25 @ Rays, 5/26-28 @ Marlins.
Padres: 5/23-25 @ Mets, 5/26-28 @ Nationals.
Home series in bold.