TicketIQ: Tickets still available for ALDS Games 3-4

The New York Yankees will host the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians for Games 3 and 4 of the American League Division Series. This marks the first time that these two teams will match up in the postseason since 2007, but this will be the first time that Cleveland’s team plays a playoff game in the new incarnation of Yankee Stadium. New York will look to rebound from its regular season struggles against Terry Francona’s squad.

The two ALDS home games for the Yankees have an average secondary market asking price of $348 on TicketIQ.com. The intrigue of these two high-power teams playing in the Big Apple allows for this price to be the highest price of any Yankee Stadium ALDS ticket since 2010. Only the Cubs and Nationals have a higher divisional series average price at $402 for the contests at Wrigley Field.

Even with this being such an exciting series, the get-in price is just $74 on TicketIQ.com. Although that price is increased from other recent ALDS games at the new Yankee Stadium, the price is very similar to the get-in price as the New York Giants’ contest against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

The 27-time World Series champions reached the ALDS by defeating the visiting Minnesota Twins, 8-4, behind three home runs on Tuesday. Aaron Judge, the potential American League MVP and Rookie of the Year, was one of the three Yankees to homer in the wild card game victory. While New York aims to remain hot at the plate, the rested Indians will look to continue to stifle the Yankees’ bats.

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TiqIQ: Yankees Tickets Now On Sale; Team Introduces Two New Plans for 2017 Season

A new season is approaching, and new ticket deals exist at Yankee Stadium in 2017.

Yankees tickets officially went on sale to the general public on Monday morning, giving fans first dibs at all 81 home games in the Bronx this year. The team has introduced two new ticketing plans for the 2017 season in the Pinstripe Pass and Grandstand seating options, designed to offer more affordable pricing (and perks) throughout the stadium this year.

The $15 Pinstripe Pass is available for all Yankees home games and is a general admission, standing-room-only ticket. The pass includes the choice of a 12 oz. domestic beer for fans that are 21 or older with a valid ID, a Pepsi product or a bottle of Poland Spring water. Fans who purchase a Pinstripe Pass can view the game from any non-assigned standing room area of Yankee Stadium. These locations include the newly-opened Masterpass Batter’s Eye Decks, AT&T Sports Lounge in left field and the SunRun Kids Clubhouse.

For those looking to save even more, the cheaper of the new plans is the Grandstand level option. The Yankees will offer $10 tickets in select Grandstand (400 level) locations for every home game this season. Quantity will vary by game, however, so plan accordingly for premium matchups.

The Pinstripe Pass and Grandstand seating options join the growing list of Yankees ticket options for 2017. The Mastercard $5 game returns this season, giving fans the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Terrace, Grandstand or Bleachers when using their Mastercard at checkout. Mastercard will also sponsor several half-price games throughout the season. Fans using this option can purchase tickets for 50 percent off the advance ticket price using their Mastercard.

A slew of other ticket deals also exist through Ticketmaster. E-Saver, Military Personnel, Senior Citizen, Student and Youth game options are available at select games throughout the season. Weekly email ticket offers will be given to Yankees email subscribers through the E-Saver option. Active military members can present their military identification to receive one grandstand or bleacher-level seats to any Monday-Thursday home game.

Citizens 60 or older may receive discounted tickets at all home games while high school or college students can purchase half-price tickets at Wednesday home games. Fans 14 and under can take advantage of half-price tickets when accompanied by an adult at Saturday, Sunday and select weekday 1:05 p.m. home games.

The Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays in their home opener on April 10. They’ll face the Toronto Blue Jays in their final regular season matchup at Yankee Stadium on October 1.

TicketIQ: For Fans, Yankees’ Playoff Push Is a Cheap Ticket in the Bronx

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.

TiqIQ: Tickets Are Still Available for A-Rod’s Last Game Friday

Friday marks the end of Alex Rodriguez’s career in pinstripes, and while the nation draws its attention to Yankee Stadium as the beleaguered star takes his last licks, there’s still a chance to witness the festivities live.

A mad dash to the box office ensued after the 41-year-old’s press conference Sunday morning, and by Monday afternoon only a few dozen seats were still available on Ticketmaster. However, those that slept on purchasing can still find Yankees tickets for A-Rod’s last game. Don’t expect them to be there much longer, though.

As it stands now the cheapest available tickets to Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays are $95 each in Section 105 next to the Yankees bullpen. It is the only section currently offering ticket prices below $100. In Section 114, which is located on the first base side, tickets are currently listed from $150 each. Several other seats are available starting from $175 each in Section 128 headed out towards left field.

Prepare for prices to spike if looking elsewhere in the stadium. Tickets are still available in the 100 section behind home plate but will cost upwards of $275 each. The most expensive available tickets are going for $500 each in wheelchair-accessible seats in Section 122A.

Whether watching from right field or the comfort of the living room couch, Friday night will mark the end of an era in the Bronx. A-Rod’s tumultuous 12-year run as a member of the Yankees was a polarizing one; two MVP Awards and a World Series title were overshadowed by his illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs, which he initially claimed to have used solely during his brief career in Texas. That would later prove to be false, as the slugger would also admit to using PEDs from late 2010 to October 2012.

Still, weighed down with the fact that he will never enter the Hall of Fame with pure intentions, A-Rod’s many accomplishments both off and on the field cannot be overlooked. He was a poster child for the game for nearly two decades, and though his play was virtually non-existent over the last four weeks, there’s no doubt that Yankee Stadium will be packed to the brim to see his final at-bats Friday night.

And who knows, maybe this isn’t the end for the aging slugger. The thought of playing again hasn’t been ruled out, so perhaps he’ll be back in the opposing dugout wearing road greys next season. And wouldn’t that be something.

TiqIQ: New-Look Yankees Welcome Crosstown Mets, Divisional Counterparts to Stadium in August

The dust has finally settled, and out of the Yankees’ deadline fire sale come a slew of young players that will have an immediate impact on the franchise’s farm. Top prospects Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres highlight the list of 10 minor leaguers the Yankees hauled in by Monday afternoon, the prized new additions to an organization that now boasts one of the best farm systems in the league.

So where does that leave 2016’s Yankees team? Well, the “No Runs DMC” trio is no longer, with Aroldis Chapman shipping out to Chicago and Andrew Miller taking up new digs with the Cleveland Indians. Carlos Beltran is the latest piece to the Texas Rangers’ playoff hopes while Ivan Nova now dresses in black and yellow in Pittsburgh. Still, with four key players skipping town, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the Yankees battle in the Bronx this month.

The Wild Card race is slowly slipping out of reach, and following Tuesday’s loss to the New York Mets the Yankees now sit 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. There will be several notable teams making their way to Yankee Stadium over the next four weeks, however, and Yankees tickets in August won’t be too taxing on the wallet for fans attending an upcoming game.

The Mets will be in town for the second half of a four-game series beginning tonight. Despite both teams’ recent shortcomings, the hype surrounding the Subway Series games will make them the most expensive to attend in the Bronx this month. As it stands now tickets to tonight’s game start from $95. The final game of the series will be slightly cheaper to attend, with tickets listed from $58 in the 200 level headed out towards right field.

Following their two-game bout with the Mets, the Yankees welcome the red-hot Cleveland Indians for a three-game series this weekend. The Indians made a splash last Sunday after acquiring the former Yankee Miller, who was greeted to the team with a home run from Joe Mauer in his first appearance Monday night. With the lockdown lefty back in town this weekend, all three games will offer relatively cheap price points, with tickets starting from just $17 each in the outfield bleachers.

A mid-week trip to Boston will pen three games against the Red Sox from August 9-11. The Yankees return home for a six-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays, the latter of which are neck-and-neck with the Orioles atop the division to begin the month. While tickets are listed from $17 during the Rays series, fans can take advantage of the MasterCard Half-Price Game against the Blue Jays on August 17, where tickets can be found at just $9 each in the outfield bleachers when checking out with a MasterCard.

The first-place Orioles will be the final team to visit Yankee Stadium this month for a three-game stretch between August 26 and 28. Barring an unlikely playoff series, the O’s make their second-to-last trip to New York this season. Like that of the Indians and Rays series, tickets start from $17 on Ticketmaster.

TiqIQ: Yankees Welcome Slumping Giants This Weekend; Tickets Start from Under $20

Nearly three years have passed since the Yankees and Giants last met, so what better time to reconvene than in the midst of a playoff push?

The Yankees will host the NL West-best Giants, who despite their first place digs have struggled recently, for three games in the Bronx this weekend. The Bombers still have high hopes of climbing back into the postseason picture, and while the jury is still out on whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline on August 1, they’ll look to capitalize on a Giants team that has lost five straight games.

With a series of aces set to take the mound for both clubs, Yankees vs. Giants tickets are still widely available across all three games. Masahiro Tanaka will take the hill against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner Friday night. In what will likely be the most anticipated game of the series, tickets can be found from $21 each in the upper deck sections of the stadium.

Saturday’s 4:05 pm start will showcase Ivan Nova against Jeff Samardzija. Nova’s sole start against the Giants back in 2013 may have been the best of his career, pitching a shutout on six hits and seven strikeouts. He has struggled at times for the Yankees this season, however, and enters Saturday’s start at 7-5 with a 4.92 ERA. Samardzija has been a ticket better, with a 9-5 record and 4.05 ERA. Like that of the first game of the series, tickets start from $21 each.

The third and final game of the series will be a matinee affair on Sunday afternoon. The 1:10 pm start will see Nathan Eovaldi take the rubber against All-Star and Cy Young Award contender Johnny Cueto. Eovaldi will look to improve on a 8-6 record and 4.93 ERA but will have his work cut out for him against Cueto, who is 13-2 with a 2.64 ERA this season. Interestingly enough, it will be the cheapest game to attend this weekend, with tickets starting from just $17 in the outfield bleachers.

The Giants recent woes to start the second half can be credited to a slumping pitching staff. Over their last five games, the Giants have allowed 31 runs, including an 11-7 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Perhaps the Yankees can continue to expose their recent hiccup in the small confines of Yankee Stadium.

This weekend’s series will be the first time the Giants have played at Yankee Stadium since 2002. It will be just the fourth series between the two clubs since the 1962 World Series, in which the Yankees defeated the Giants in seven games to claim their 20th World Series title.

TiqIQ: With Trade Speculation Heating Up, Yanks’ Season Boils Down to Next Two Weeks

It’s decision time for the Yankees: will the second half welcome a playoff push, or will several major players be leaving the Bronx in a garage sale by next month?

The next two weeks will be a season-defining stretch for the Bombers, who are set to host two divisional rivals in the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles before the MLB-best San Francisco Giants stroll into town. The 10-game homestand will shape the Yankees’ motion to buy or sell by the August 1 trade deadline, bringing forth a number of reasons for fans to scoop up Yankees tickets over the next two weeks at the Stadium.

Perhaps most obvious is the uncertain futures of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira. Chapman has shined in pinstripes following his 30-game suspension at the beginning of the season and is the most likely candidate to be moved. Pending the right fit, a trade of Chapman would give the Yankees the biggest return of all their potential trade chips. His off-the-field issues may rub many teams the wrong way, but with arguably the best stuff in baseball out of the bullpen, the 28-year-old could be a big piece of the puzzle for a playoff-bound squad come August.

Are we about to witness the last two weeks of Andrew Miller? The southpaw has been vocal about his desire to remain a Yankee, but brass is open to trading the lockdown reliever if the offer is good enough. However, Miller has been nothing short of spectacular for the Yankees this year, and his team-friendly contract of three years at a $9 million AAV may be too sweet to cut from the books.

As for Beltran, the aging slugger has been a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable Yankees offense. The 39-year-old All-Star leads the team in batting average, home runs, RBI and hits this season. Age is always a factor in the future of a franchise, though, and with knee and hamstring issues bothering Beltran earlier this season, maybe now is the time the Yankees part ways with him for the right price.

Teixeira presents an interesting case on the trade market. Battered by injury over his eight-year tenure in the Bronx, the slugging switch-hitter’s contract comes off the books this winter, but his anemic slash line of .190/.271/.318 through just 59 games this season doesn’t make him a glamorous trade chip. And while his right knee articular cartilage tear earlier this year is a red flag for many teams, his veteran presence could make him a valuable asset by the August 31 deadline to acquire players eligible for playoff rosters. Teixeira has expressed his commitment to the Yankees, however, stating that he’s playing to win rather than cash paychecks at this stage of his career. Of course, he’ll ultimately have the final say in the matter – his full no-trade clause allows him to determine his immediate future in pinstripes.

Still, with trade talks in their infancy stage, the Yankees can mute them all with a successful homestand to begin the second half. A push into a Wild Card spot is not unrealistic, but the first test will come quickly through three likely playoff-bound clubs. It will ultimately be up to them to answer the call or risk watching their postseason hopes dry up in the dog days of summer.