Take Two for August 20, 2013

LA baseball update: Where do the Dodgers and Angels stand this season?

Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

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Donovan Solano #17 of the Miami Marlins slides into a double play by second baseman Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park on August 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Last night in baseball, the L.A. Dodgers lost to the Miami Marlins by a score of six to two. It was the Dodgers' second loss in a row, but before the two losses, the Dodgers had gone 42 and 8 in their last 50 games. That was the best 50 game stretch in baseball since 1942.

But not all is well for baseball in southern California.

Despite playoff hopes at the beginning of the season, the Angels have slipped to fourth in the division and star first baseman Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

The Angels and Dodgers both had high hopes, and high payrolls, at the beginning of the year, but only the Dodgers have lived up to their team salary.  

Fans of the Dodgers and Angels have a bad reputation. Critics say they show up late and don't pay attention to the game, but according to a new study from Emory University's Sports Marketing Analytics team, that's only half true. 

They ranked the fan bases of every baseball team in the country by how loyal and supportive they were of their teams, in good times and bad. The Dodgers fan base tied for first and the Angels came in dead last.

It seems that the Dodgers are more a part of L.A. culture, while the Angels have had all of that controversy with changing their city name from Anaheim to LA. Does that play a role, too?

JP Hoornstra is a sports writer that covers both the Angels and Dodgers for the Los Angeles News Group. He joins the show with more. 


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