Every week during the 2018 baseball season, we’ll check in on California’s five MLB teams. Find out who’s winning, who’s losing, and which stadium has the cheapest ticket. The sport’s best pitcher and best hitter call the state home (that might be the same dude), so let’s put it down for Californ-I-A.
Best record this week: Los Angeles Angels, 7-3
Worst record this week: San Diego Padres, 2-8
Best attendance: Los Angeles Dodgers, 48,719
Worst attendance: Oakland Athletics, 15,212
Huell Howser Memorial ‘Is This Guy Serious!?’ Outstanding Performance Video:
Final stat line for ShoKKKKKKKKKKKK:
7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K pic.twitter.com/Rw0QWGp2vy
— Angels (@Angels) April 8, 2018
I feel like some early proclaimer of a messiah, or a crazy person: the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani has made a believer of me. In 19 plate appearances and 13 innings pitched, the Japanese phenom has blasted three home runs, struck out 18 batters, and begun a movement in Orange County.
As soon as the fans were let in before Saturday’s loss to the A’s, two young Asian-American boys sprinted down the stadium steps to the third base line where he was getting in some long toss with his interpreter/personal catcher. “Ohtani-san!” they said as their arms dove into a plastic bag filled with a Sharpie and a baseball. The hype so far has been totally deserved. It’s his first time through the league as both a pitcher and a DH, and teams will probably figure him out… but when’s the last time you saw a week like his?
Gob Bluth’s Huge Mistake of the Week:
It’s a line drive in the scorebook. pic.twitter.com/auFTuWroKT
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 8, 2018
That’s Phil Maton’s ball. The Padres are 2-8 for so, so many reasons, but an entirely inept pitching staff is chief among them.
Cheapest ticket this week: $6 Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants, Tuesday
California Series to Watch: Diamondbacks @ Giants 4/9-4/11
The 4-4 Giants go into this series with an early chance to declare themselves against the division’s first-place team. The most pivotal matchup of the three-game set will be Tuesday’s game between San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Both are coming off fantastic starts. The Giants are an interesting team this season—new meat in the form of Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen hung on the bones of the even-year title team core. This three-game set may determine whether this new Frankenstein’s monster can survive.
- Los Angeles Angels: 4/9-4/11 @ Texas Rangers, 4/12-4/15 @ Kansas City Royals
- Los Angeles Dodgers: 4/10-4/11 vs. A’s, 4/13-4/15 vs. Diamondbacks
- Oakland Athletics: 4/10-4/11 @ Dodgers, 4/13-4/15 @ Seattle Mariners
- San Diego Padres: 4/9-4/11 @ Colorado Rockies, 4/12-4/15 vs. Giants
- San Francisco Giants: 4/9-4/11 vs. Diamondbacks, 4/12-4/15 @ Padres