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 future Yankees who play for the Padres.
Best Record Last Week: Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-0.
Worst Record Last Week: San Francisco Giants, 1-6.
Best Attendance (cumulative avg.): Los Angeles Dodgers, 44,606.
Worst Attendance (cumulative avg.): Oakland, 18,008.
Huell Howser Memorial ‘Is This Guy Serious!?’ Outstanding Performance Video:
Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is a create-a-player, essentially. The 21-year old has 23 home runs through 57 games and just wrapped up NL Player of the Week honors during a week in which he sent five pelotas into the seats. He’s on a historic power tear for a rookie on a team that’s 12-1 in its last 13 games—the hottest club on the planet. Whether he keeps it going or starts to fizzle down the stretch, Bellinger has put together a rookie campaign for the ages through June, and that’s special.
— MLB (@MLB) June 25, 2017
Gob Bluth’s Huge Mistake of the Week:
The Padres had the Tigers on the ropes Sunday, ready to sweep out a team that had lost its last eight straight. Instead, Friars’ starter Clayton Richard was bedeviled by Tigers Centerfielder/Cajun Leprechaun Mikie Mahtook to the tune of a triple and 3 RBI in a 7-5 loss. Mikie Mahtook is a grown man who goes by the name Mikie, hits a cool .253 and is frequently benched for or replaced by utility infielders. He should not bedevil you.
Cheapest Ticket This Week: $6! In San Francisco! For Giants-Rockies on 6/27. This is seismic. A Giants ticket was consistently the state’s—and the country’s—most expensive ticket throughout the 2010s. It will be fascinating to see if the bottom continues to fall out of the team’s secondhand market, and how that impacts ticket sales in 2018 and beyond. For now re-sellers are the only people paying the price for the team’s poor performance, but that could spread next season.
California Series to Watch: Angels @ Dodgers 6/26-6/27, Dodgers @ Angels 6/28-6/29. The hottest team in baseball rolls into consecutive series against its cross-region rival, who is within 1.5 games of a playoff spot. There are stakes, and guys named Bellinger and Pujols.
Athletics: 6/27-6/29 @ Astros, 6/30-7/2 vs. Braves.
Giants: vs. Rockies 6/26-6/28, @ Pirates 6/30-7/2.
Dodgers: vs. Angels 6/26-6/27, @ Angels 6/28-6/29, @ Padres 6/30-7/2.
Angels: @ Dodgers 6/26-6/27, vs. Dodgers 6/28-6/29, vs. Mariners, 6/30-7/2.
Padres: vs. Braves 6/27-6/29, vs. Dodgers 6/30-7/2.
Home series in bold.