In 2019, I introduced The Summer Score to create a new metric and quantify how many days a team gave their fan base a reason to be excited during the summer months.
In the end, I believe that is what a baseball team owes their fans… a fun summer.
Last year, nothing about the summer was fun and the idea of tabulating the Summer Score in a shortened season and extended playoffs seemed foolish. But this year, we are back to a 162 game schedule.
Here is how The Summer Score works.
Starting today, if a team is in a playoff spot, even for only one day, they increase their Summer Score. I will note when the first day after Memorial Day their fans will wake up with their team a playoff team and bookend it with the last day in case they fall out.
But as the excitement for a playoff spot increases as the post season looms closer, the number of daily points increase later in the year.
BETWEEN THE END OF MEMORIAL DAY and JUNE 30 each day in a playoff spot is worth ONE (1) POINT
BETWEEN JULY 1 and JULY 31 each day in a playoff spot is worth TWO (2) POINTS
BETWEEN AUGUST 1 and AUGUST 31 each day in a playoff spot is worth THREE (3) POINTS
BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 and THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON each day in a playoff spot is worth FOUR (4) POINTS
And this year I am adding to September. Every day a team is just 1 game or 1/2 a game out, that will be worth ONE (1) POINT.
And to clarify, points are added to Division Leaders and Wild Card Leaders. Being tied for a playoff spot counts.
Earning Full WOBs on May 30, 2021 Charlie Blackmon reacked base 4 times, scoring two runs and driving in 2 to help the Rockies break a losing streak and top Pittsburgh, 4-3.
Lucas Giolito struck out 12 Orioles in 7 innings to earn the 3-1 decision for the White Sox.
Brandon Woodruff pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 10 as the Brewers blanked the Nationals, 3-0.
Mike Zunino homered and added another hit as the red hot Rays won again, 6-2 over Philadelphia. Earning ½ WOBs on May 30, 2021 Dylan Carlson singled and homered but the Cardinals fell to Arizona, 9-2.
Aaron Civale went 6 innings but took the hard luck 4-1 defeat for Cleveland by Toronto.
Josh Naylor went 3 for 3 with a home run in the double header opening game 4-1 Cleveland loss to Toronto.
Max Scherzer was solid over 6 innings, fanning 10 Brewers but his Nationals were shutout 3-0.
National League HitterFernando Tatís Jr. – 4 ½ Nick Castellanos – 2 ½Kris Bryant –2Adam Duvall- 2Freddie Freeman – 2Paul Goldschmidt – 2Tyler Naquin – 2Buster Posey – 2
David Peralta – 2 Austin Riley - 2Jean Segura – 2Jesse Winker - 2Ronald Acuña Jr.– 1 ½Nolan Arenado – 1 ½Brandon Belt – 1 ½Paul Dejong – 1 ½Eduardo Escobar – 1 ½Wilmer Flores – 1 ½
Avisail Garcia – 1 ½Manny Machado – 1 ½Tyler O’Neill – 1 ½Gregory Polanco – 1 ½ J. T. Realmuto – 1 ½Miguel Rojas – 1 ½American League HittersVladimir Guerrero Jr. – 4 Bo Bichette – 3Giancarlo Stanton – 3Jared Walsh – 3 Joey Wendle – 3 Ramon Laureano – 2 ½Marcus Semien – 2 ½ Jose Abreu - 2Mitch Haniger – 2 Trey Mancini – 2 J. D. Martinez – 2 Austin Meadows - 2Cedric Mullins – 2Mike Trout – 2 Alex Bregman – 1 ½Byron Buxton– 1 ½Joey Gallo – 1 ½ Adolis García - 1 ½Nate Lowe – 1 ½Yermin Mercedes – 1 ½ Rob Refsnyder – 1 ½ Nick Solak – 1 ½National League PitchersBrandon Woodruff – 6 ½ Trevor Bauer– 4 Zack Wheeler – 4Jacob deGrom – 3 ½ Aaron Nola – 3 Max Scherzer – 3 Sandy Alcantara – 2 ½ Adbert Alzolay - 2 ½Corbin Burnes – 2 ½ Yu Darvish – 2 ½Kevin Gausman – 2 ½ Pablo Lopez – 2 ½Joe Musgrove – 2 ½ Freddy Peralta – 2 ½Trevor Rogers – 2 ½ Adam Wainwright – 2 ½Madison Bumgarner – 2 Sonny Gray - 2Clayton Kershaw – 2Julio Urias – 2
Ian Anderson – 1 ½ Walker Buehler - 1 ½Anthony DeSclafani – 1 ½ Charlie Morton - 1 ½Huascar Ynoa – 1 ½American League PitchersTyler Glasnow – 5 ½ Aaron Civale – 4 ½ John Means – 4Zach Plesac – 4 Gerrit Cole – 3 ½ Mike Foltynewicz - 2 ½ Lance Lynn –2 ½ Lance McCullers Jr. – 2 ½Kyle Gibson – 2 Lucas Giolito - 2Cole Irvin – 2Corey Kluber - 2Sean Manaea – 2 Carlos Rodon – 2 Danny Duffy – 1 ½Nathan Eovaldi – 1 1/2 J. A. Happ – 1 ½Yusei Kikuchi – 1 ½ Casey Mize - 1 ½ Michael Pineda – 1 ½Nick Pivetta – 1 ½American League Combined WOB (Hitter and Pitcher)Shohei Ohtani – 1 ½ (1 Hitter, ½ Pitcher)1 WOBOzzie Albies, Willy Adames, Kohei Arihara, Randy Arozarena, Javier Baez, Chris Bassitt, Shane Beiber, Jose Berrios, Charlie Blackmon, Xander Bogaerts, Alec Bohm, Michael Brantley, Lorenzo Cain, Starlin Castro, Alex Cobb, Patrick Corbin, Charlie Culberson, Alex Dickerson, Corey Dickerson, Josh Donaldson, Dane Dunning, Tommy Edman, Zach Eflin, Kent Emanuel, Erick Fedde, Josh Fleming, Ty France, Max Fried, Josh Fuentes, Freddy Galvis, John Gant, Domingo German, Yan Gomes, Chi Chi Gonzalez , Jon Gray, Zack Greinke, Yuli Gurriel, Billy Hamilton, Ian Happ, Andrew Heaney, Guillermo Heredia, Teoscar Hernandez, Kyle Higashioka, Rich Hill, Rhys Hoskins, Eric Hosmer, Cristian Javier, Jakob Junis, Jarred Kelenic, Merrill Kelly, Dean Kremer, DJ LeMahieu, Nick Madrigal, Tyler Mahle , Sean Manaea, German Marquez, Ketel Marte, Steven Matz, Dustin May, James McCann, Triston McKenzie, Wade Miley, Mike Minor, Jordan Montgomery, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers, Josh Naylor, Shohei Ohtani (As Hitter), Matt Olson, Marcel Ozuna, Chris Paddack, Joe Panik, Joc Pederson, Tommy Pham, Jose Ramirez, Robbie Ray, Franmil Reyes, Garrett Richards, Darrin Ruf, Miguel Sano, Corey Seager, Pavin Smith, Drew Smyly, Trevor Story, Jose Suarez, Tyrone Taylor, Kyle Tucker, Spencer Turnbull, Justin Turner, Trea Turner, Jose Urena, Vince Velasquez, Joey Votto, Michael Wacha, Taylor Ward, Ryan Weathers, Trevor Williams, Alex Wood, Bruce Zimmerman, Mike Zunino½ WOBJesus Aguilar, Logan Allen, Pete Alonso, Tim Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Jake Arrieta, Akil Baddoo, Jaime Barria, Josh Bell, Matthew Boyd, Lewis Brinson, JT Brubaker, Mark Cahna, Willie Calhoun, Dylan Carlson, Harold Castro, Kole Calhoun, Willie Calhoun, Griffin Canning, Jazz Chisholm, William Contreras, Carlos Correa, Nelson Cruz, Rafael Devers, Hunter Dozier, Matt Duffy, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Mike Fiers, Michael Fulmer, Zac Gallen, Andres Gimenez, Austin Gomber, Marco Gonzales, Robbie Grossman, Deolis Guerra, Josh Harrison, Jonathan India, Aaron Judge, Tony Kemp, Max Kepler, Dallas Keuchel, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Michael King, Francisco Lindor, Brandon Lowe, Luis Madero, Jose Marmolejos, Carlos Martinez, J. D. Martinez, Nick Maton, Ryan McMahon, Brad Miller, Colin Moran, Max Muncy, Omar Navarez, Rougned Odor, Shohei Ohtani (As Pitcher), David Peterson, Salvador Perez, Josh Reddick, Amed Rosario, Gary Sanchez, Patrick Sandoval, Carlos Santana, Anthony Santander, Antonio Senzatela, Tarek Skubal, Burch Smith, Jorge Soler, Juan Soto, Stephen Strasburg, Drew Steckenrider, Myles Straw, Eugenio Suarez, Dansby Swanson, Chris Taylor, Rowdy Tellez, Trent Thornton, Luis Torrens, Taylor Widener, Ryan Yarbrough