Seeing red? Not so much

Albert Pujols did not hit a home run until May 6. Yet, he was tied for the Angels' team lead in home runs entering play Saturday, with six homers in his last 11 games.

Now that Pujols is back, will the fans follow?

The most startling statistic in baseball: The Angels' attendance is down 14% this season, the largest drop in the major leagues.

The Angels sold more than 5,000 season tickets after they signed Pujols, and all those tickets count in the attendance figures. The Angels signed Pujols to hit, first and foremost, but no doubt owner Arte Moreno also could see an attendance crisis brewing.

The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers come to town this week — two big draws — and the number of empty seats could reveal the depth of the crisis. The Angels still were offering Goldstar ticket discounts for both series as of Saturday.