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 Crack Shack line-jumpers who play for the San Diego Padres.
Written by Kyle Magin
Best Record Last Week: Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1.
Worst Record Last Week: San Diego Padres 2-3.
Best Attendance (cumulative avg.): Dodgers, 45,241.
Worst Attendance (cumulative avg.): Oakland, 19,493.
Huell Howser Memorial ‘Is This Guy Serious!?’ Outstanding Performance Video:
— Ryan Cook (@RyanCook13) August 6, 2017
The Halos’ Andrelton Simmons took a 94 mph Santiago Casilla fastball to the ribs on Sunday in an 11-10 loss to the Athletics… and popped back up. It’s a microcosm of the Angels’ season, as the team has sustained injuries to Mike Trout, Matt Shoemaker, Yunel Escobar, and the continued decline of Albert Pujols, yet have managed to stay just 3 games behind in the AL wild card race. Simmons is making a sort of under-the-radar MVP push. This team won’t die. Whether they can keep this up, even after their divisional foes in Seattle tooled up at the trade deadline, is a question that remains to be answered. But somehow, some way, this team is still standing.
Gob Bluth’s Huge Mistake of the Week:
Padres reliever Kirby Yates coughed up six runs and recorded just a single out in a confounding Friday night implosion against the Pirates in a 10-6 loss. Listen, I’m a big proponent of making relievers eat bad innings here and there—sometimes it’s the only way to get back to neutral when your bullpen is getting overtaxed night after night. That said, Green pulled Yates after he got all the way fucked up anyway, so why he didn’t come get him before he got repeatedly shelled is a mystery.
Cheapest Ticket This Week: $6 Tuesday for Cubs @ Giants. (Let that sink in. The supposed third-leading ticket seller in the big leagues will host an immensely popular defending World Series Champion with a massive diaspora of West Coast fans and there is a $6 ticket available with >48 hours to go before first pitch.)
California Series to Watch: Angels @ Mariners 8/10-8/13. If all goes right leading into this four-game weekend tilt, you should see some good, desperate baseball at Safeco. The Ms are in a sort of precarious catbird seat, only 1.5 games behind the second wild card-leading Yankees and gaining, but the Angels are proving to have a core that’s immensely difficult to deal with. A split would count as a win for the Halos, who are waiting on some key pieces to return from the disabled list.
Athletics: 8/8-9 vs. Mariners, 8/10-13 vs. Orioles.
Giants: 8/7-9 vs. Cubs, 8/11-13 @ Nationals.
Dodgers: 8/8-10 @ Diamondbacks, 8/11-13 vs. Padres.
Angels: 8/7-9 vs. Orioles, 8/10-13 @ Mariners.
Padres: 8/7-10 @ Reds, 8/11-13 @ Dodgers.
Home series in bold.