The Summer Score – Updated for May 31, 2021


It is Memorial Day and time to start up a new year of The Summer Score.

For an explanation of The Summer Score, click HERE.



BOSTON RED SOX – 1 (May 31, 2021)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX – 1 (May 31, 2021)

CLEVELAND INDIANS – 1 (May 31, 2021)

OAKLAND ATHLETICS – 1 (May 31, 2021)

NEW YORK YANKEES – 1 (May 31, 2021)

TAMPA BAY RAYS – 1 (May 31, 2021)


LOS ANGELES DODGERS – 1 (May 31, 2021)

NEW YORK METS – 1 (May 31, 2021)

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS – 1 (May 31, 2021)

SAN DIEGO PADRES – 1 (May 31, 2021)

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – 1 (May 31, 2021)

The Summer Score is Back for 2021

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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

BETWEEN JULY 1 and JULY 31 each day in a playoff spot is worth

BETWEEN AUGUST 1 and AUGUST 31 each day in a playoff spot is worth

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.

The Final Tally for the 2019 Summer Score can be found HERE

So keep an eye on this site to see which teams are building up their Summer Scores.