By Jason Klein, TiqIQ
The Seattle Mariners (10-14) make their way onto the Yankees schedule for this first time this season as they travel to New York to begin a three-game set with the first place Yankees (15-10). When they do, it will mark the Bronx return of Robinson Cano, don’t ‘cha know?
Apparently, many fans don’t know…or care.
If the plunging ticket prices for the series are any indication, perhaps Yankees fans are indifferent when it comes to the All-Star second baseman who bolted for Seattle and a 10-year, $240 million contract this offseason. Expected spotty weather and weeknight games with an average Mariners team could also be factors.
Yankees tickets for Game 1 at Yankee Stadium are trending downward on the secondary market -54% as first pitch approaches. Fans looking to get in and see pinstriped ace, CC Sabathia (3-2, 4.78 ERA) take on Chris Young (0-0, 3.50 ERA) can do so for just $4, well below the $45 average ticket price. With temperatures expected to be in the mid 40’s by first pitch, and a chance of rain, prices could continue to drop as gametime approaches
Despite an average price of $71 on the secondary market for Wednesday night’s game, fans can still get in the building for only $5. Prices are trending down 27% for the middle game of the series when Seattle’s Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54 ERA) opposes David Phelps (0-0, 3.86 ERA). Phelps will be making his first start of the season, filling in for Michael Pineda who was suspended last week after rubbing pine tar on his neck during a game with the Boston Red Sox.
The biggest bargain of the series comes during the final game when Mariners ace, “King” Felix Hernandez (3-1, 2.40 ERA) matches up with Hiroki Kuroda (2-2, 5.28 ERA). Fans can avoid an average price of $67 by scooping up a ticket to get in the door for just $3 on the secondary market. With still two days to go, prices for Thursday’s series finale are down 21% in the past week.
Cano enters the series with a .301 batting average, 1 HR and 11 RBI. When the former Yankee superstar makes his way out of the visitor’s dugout for the first time tonight, he’s expected to hear a mix of boos and cheers from those in attendance, many of whom got great deals on secondary market tickets prior to the game.