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 Orthodox Taco Tuesday observants who play for the Padres.
NOTE: We’re at baseball’s traditional halfway point—the All Star Break—and the Dodgers are the only CA team in pole position for a playoff spot. The Angels are 3 games behind in the AL Wild Card Race. The rest of the state’s entrants range between 7.5 games behind the Wild Card (Athletics) to 17.5 (Giants).
Best Record Last Week: Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-0.
Worst Record Last Week: San Francisco Giants, 1-5.
Best Attendance (cumulative avg.): Los Angeles Dodgers, 44,759.
Worst Attendance (cumulative avg.): Oakland, 18,498.
Huell Howser Memorial ‘Is This Guy Serious!?’ Outstanding Performance Video:
Justin Turner hit home runs no. 9 and 10 to help the Dodgers cap off a perfect week Sunday against the Royals in L.A. KC was the hottest team in the league coming into the showdown and got bedeviled by a different Dodger every day on the wrong end of a sweep.
Gob Bluth’s Huge Mistake of the Week:
Buster Posey continues to suffer cruel and unusual abuse at the hands of the Giants. He caught the Thursday day game in sweltering heat in Detroit after DHing the night before. That night, the Giants flew back to San Francisco to play a three-game set with Miami, after which he’d proceed to fly out to Miami for the All Star Game. Why the Giants didn’t flip-flop Posey’s duties—having him log two ABs as a DH certainly makes more sense for a hot getaway day when you fly across the country that night than on a Wednesday evening—is bewildering. This team seems intent on wielding Posey like a blunt instrument, and it seems like a matter of time before he comes up injured from overuse.
Cheapest Ticket This Week: $6 Tampa Bay Rays vs. Angels (Fireworks!)
California Series to Watch: Even in a short week due to the All Star Game, most of the CA MLB series this week are pretty dogshit! We’ll say that Rays at Anaheim (7/14-7/16) is the standout in a pretty shallow pool. The Angels are 3 games behind the Rays in the wildcard standings, and this series could have a massive impact on what the Halos do at the trade deadline if they can pick up a few games.
Athletics: 7/14-7/16 vs. Indians.
Giants: 7/14-7/16 @ Padres.
Dodgers: 7/14-7/16 @ Marlins.
Angels: 7/14-7/16 vs. Rays.
Padres: 7/14-7/16 vs. Giants.
Home series in bold.