Don’t let computers do the talking – the Yankees are still very much in the playoff hunt.
Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Rays was accompanied by Orioles and Red Sox wins, keeping the Bombers in neutral at two games behind the Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot and four games back from the division-leading Red Sox. By Sunday night the Yankees’ chances of making the playoffs dropped to 14.3 percent on FanGraphs.com, down from 18.2 percent prior to the series finale with the Rays.
Still, even with the notable percentage drop, there’s reason to believe this team will be sporting an x in the standings by the regular season’s end. The schedule is tough – the Dodgers, Red Sox, Jays and Orioles are all ahead – but that also means that considerable ground can be made with a good showing from here on out.
With playoff-bound team come marquee names, but Yankees tickets at Yankee Stadium won’t burn a hole in the wallet through the end of the year. The Dodgers, Red Sox and Orioles will each bring notable storylines with them to the Bronx over the next three weeks, from Clayton Kershaw’s second start back from the DL to Big Papi’s last games on 161st Street, and fans can find tickets for relatively cheap on the primary market.
The Dodgers are in town for a three-game series between Monday and Wednesday. While Kershaw is expected to pitch the finale on Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers will also showcase young talent Julio Urias on Tuesday, providing plenty of incentive to hit the ballpark this week. Tickets in the outfield bleachers and upper level seating start from just $21 each across the three-game affair. Knit cap and Yankees t-shirt giveaways are also on tap for the first 18,000 fans in attendance for Tuesday and Wednesday’s game, respectively.
An 11-game road trip follows the Dodgers series, bringing the Yankees to Boston, Tampa and Toronto between September 15-26. They’ll then return home for two final series against the Red Sox and Orioles, and tickets remain relatively inexpensive across those six games.
The Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium for what may be the final time this season between September 27-29. David Ortiz’s last games aren’t dictating much of a price premium for tickets, however, as tickets also start from $21 in the outfield bleachers and 400-level sections. It’ll cost a little extra to give Papi a proper New York farewell from field level on the 29th, however, as tickets are priced for as low as $77 each in the 100-level sections.
The cheapest remaining tickets at Yankee Stadium can be found during the Orioles series from September 30-October 2. In what could potentially serve as de facto games for both teams and their postseason hopes, tickets start from just $17 each on Ticketmaster over the three-game series. Roger Maris bobblehead day is scheduled for October 1, with the first 18,000 fans receiving the special figurine upon entering Yankee Stadium.