As we head into May, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in first place. They have suffered a few injuries, especially to their pitching staff, but are still on top of the National League West. They have a busy home schedule starting May 1-3 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They are back home May 11-13 against the Florida Marlins and May 14-17 for a four-game set with the Colorado Rockies.
They close out the month hosting the San Diego Padres May 22-24 and the Atlanta Braves May 25-27. It’s worth noting that following Friday home games at Dodger Stadium there is always a fireworks show (May 1, 15 and 22).
A little farther south, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are struggling to get back to .500. They have traded Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers, hopefully ending the controversy caused by Hamilton’s relapse, though they had to eat close to $60 million of his contract to make the trade happen.
The Angels open their first May home stand with the Seattle Mariners, May 4-6, followed by the Houston Astros, May 7-10. They have a quick two-game series with the Colorado Rockies May 12-13, and then close out the month hosting the San Diego Padres May 25-27 and the Detroit Tigers May 28-31.
The May-June print edition of Southern California Life has a great cover article about the two best players in baseball, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Angels’ Mike Trout. If you’re a baseball fan, and not already a subscriber, be sure to pick up a copy and enjoy the article.
The San Diego Padres, in addition to visiting Angel Stadium; have a full slate of home games at Petco Park. They start the month off with the Colorado Rockies, May 1-3, and are then back in town May 14-17 with the Washington Nationals and host the Cubbies of Chicago May 19-21. They close out the month with a four-game series battling the Pittsburgh Pirates May 28-31.
If you prefer minor league baseball and the unique charms it offers, Southern California is home to the Lancaster JetHawks, the Inland Empire 66ers, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Lake Elsinore Storm and the High Desert Mavericks.
For NBA fans, the Los Angeles Lakers season has long ended and the Los Angeles Clippers season hangs in the balance. On May 2, they host the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center in the seventh game of the first playoff series. If they lose, it’s “wait until next year”; if they win, they’ll play the Houston Rockets. The schedule for that series has not yet been determined.
Just like the NBA, the NHL is in the middle of their playoffs. The Anaheim Ducks will host the Calgary Flames on May 3 and, if necessary, they will host the fifth game May 10 and the seventh game May 14.
Soccer is also going strong in Los Angeles, with the LA Galaxy hosting the Colorado Rapids on May 2, the Houston Dynamo on May 22 and the Real Salt Lake on May 27. All matches are played at the StubHub Center.
For all the events listed above, detailed information is available at the team and event websites. Be sure to check the dates, times and ticket availability. And, please know that this short column only touches the surface of the various sporting events available for your viewing pleasure. I typically try to cover the “bigger events” and a couple of those that might be less known. While you’re visiting, should you find an upcoming event that you think would be of interest, or one I missed this month but should note for next year, just drop me a line. Enjoy!