Last night I saw there was a lot of twitter chatter last night on 2 games with over 10 goals scored. Most people theorized that scoring was way up in the league but no one provide any data…so I looked it up.
As you can see, in comparable periods, scoring is up in the league. It is also nice to see that goal differential is actual down which means it isn’t a bunch of blowouts that are inflating the numbers. There is more scoring and the games remain tight. That said, it is way too early to draw any conclusions.
Major League Baseball attendance was down year over year with 16 of the teams seeing declines. As the second chart with show, the biggest declines came from Cincinnati, Oakland, Baltimore, and Minnesota.
Here is a break down of attendance in Major League Baseball through the end of May.
In spite of on the field success, the Seattle Mariners are down 10.5%. No real surprise here since there is usually a delay in on field success and increase in attendance. Teasing out the Mariners a bit more, expectations were very high last year after missing the playoffs on the final game of the Season in 2014 which led to the increase in attendance early 2015. (Select any team in the drop down menu)
Overall MLB Attendance is down slightly year over year but up over the 3 year average.
Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs are riding the success of last year’s playoffs to lead the league in year over year increase.
If you are like me and have been thinking there is less overtime games this year, you are correct. Last nights Islanders-Panthers overtime game was only the second of the playoffs. Through 19 games, only 2010-11 had only 2 overtime games. Even without the overtime games, the goal differential is lower than the last 3 years.