TiqIQ: With Eyes Still On AL East, Yankees Host Rival Red Sox In Last Home Series Of 2015

The New York Yankees are on life support right now regarding their chances of winning the AL East, being four games back of the division rival Toronto Blue Jays with just a week remaining in the 2015 Major League Baseball season. While it’s appearing certain that the Yanks will still enter the postseason with one of the two Wild Card berths, they would much rather avoid that do-or-die play-in game, in which anything can happen.

Enter New York’s arch nemesis, the Boston Red Sox, who will be on the outside looking in for the second year in a row when the playoffs commence in just over a week. At the same time, they can still somewhat salvage their season by potentially dealing the final blow to the Yankees’ chances at first-place in the division. The two rivals will begin their latest heated series opposite one another on Monday evening.

As huge as this late-season series is, the value is incredible for Yankees tickets when they match up against the Red Sox in their final home series of the campaign. In fact, none of the four games in this series even top $97 on average, with the Oct. 1 finale being the most expensive at just $96.86 on the secondary market. The cheapest of the series is Tuesday night’s game two, which sports an average ticket price of $66.39, meanwhile, the series opener on Monday night also comes relatively cheap, being $73.99 on average on the secondary market. Tickets on the primary market from Ticketmaster are still available and start at just $20 for each of these rivalry games.

Tickets to see the Yankees and Red Sox battle need very little convincing, as this is arguably the most storied rivalry in all of baseball. Plus, there’s important playoff implications with each game in the series. On one side, the Yankees are trying to officially lock up their residency in the 2015 postseason, while also looking to catch Toronto in the division. In that regard, they’re going to need some help also, as the Blue Jays will have to lose about half of the games they have left over the final week in order to catch them at the top.

On the other side, the visiting Red Sox can make the best of a losing season if they are able to put a dent in New York’s aspirations for first-place. Not only that, they also have a little something to play for, as they try to avoid finishing in the division cellar for the second year in a row. At the moment, they’re a half-game up on the Tampa Bay Rays to avoid that distinction, and a series win over the Yankees would certainly help their cause even further, and perhaps even fault them ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to jump into third-place.

Each side, of course, has their big names to lean on. While the Bronx Bombers no longer have Mark Teixeira for the remainder of the year, they still boast some exceptional bats in the form of Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, and Brett Gardner. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have their own signature sluggers, being paced by the likes of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. The Yankees have taken 10 of the 15 matchups between the two clubs this season, and will need to continue that notable success if they want to continue their pursuit of first in the division. With Boston recognizing that, it won’t be easy, but at the very least, this should be a very entertaining four-game series, making tickets for each game a tremendous value overall.

TiqIQ: Yankees Offering Playoff Ticket Pre-Sale As Best Option Opposed To Secondary Market

After a thrilling win last night against the Toronto Blue Jays in extra innings thanks to a Greg Bird three-run home run, the New York Yankees appear to be in complete control of their destiny as they gear up for the postseason. The position has not exactly been clinched yet, but the Yankees hold a six-game lead over the Minnesota Twins, who are the first team outside the American League Wild Card cut line.

The AL East division is still up for grabs, too, as last night’s win over Toronto pulled the Yankees to within 2.5 games of the Blue Jays with about a dozen games remaining for both sides. New York faces the Blue Jays in their series finale tonight to potentially cut into the deficit even more, before beginning an eight-game homestand on Thursday that will be comprised of a four-game set against the Chicago White Sox and a four-game series against the division rival Boston Red Sox. After the Red Sox series, the Yankees’ final series of the regular season is on the road against the Baltimore Orioles.

Fans can take their chances on the secondary market to purchase Yankees playoff tickets, but the purchasing customers don’t control those prices. According to TiqIQ.com, Yankees tickets on the secondary market for the postseason are very much on the pricier side (all prices listed below are ‘If Necessary’ since the Yankees have not officially clinched a playoff spot just yet).

The Wild Card home game at Yankee Stadium has an average price of $192.69 with a get-in price of $65, should the Bronx Bombers not catch the Blue Jays in the AL East. If the Yankees were to survive in the one-game playoff, the prices for the ALDS and ALCS rise significantly. The average price of the three potential home games at Yankee Stadium for the ALDS is $327.03, the most expensive of which coming on October 9 (second home game), having an average price of $359.75 and a get-in price of $56.

As expected, it gets even more expensive for the ALCS. The four-game average for Yankees home games is $768.81, with the potential Game 7 being the most expensive on October 24. That game carries a whopping average ticket price of $956.84, although the get-in price is much more reasonable, being $107.

Yankees playoff tickets on Ticketmaster through the Yankees website would give customers total control of how much is being spent towards purchasing for playoff baseball seats. Securing postseason tickets without having the market dictate the prices on a per game basis is a suggested practice, especially considering the fact that Yankees.com has featured more affordable pricing on countless regular season games over the course of the year.

In any case, barring any sort of monumental collapse, Yankees playoff baseball looks like it will be back for the first time since 2012, and Yankee Stadium will be rocking each and every night they host a game, as always.

TiqIQ: Ticket Prices Start at $15 On Secondary Market For Pivotal Series Against Toronto

The series of the year gets going on September 10th, as the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays engage in a four-day affair that very well could decide the AL East division. Toronto stands 1.5 games ahead of the Yanks. Regardless, this four-game run could be precisely what changes everything for either team and could be the Yankees and/or Jays series to hit up for fans as the regular season winds down.

Despite this being an enormous series for both teams, Yankees tickets are actually showing tremendous value for all four games. New York Yankees tickets on the secondary market are over $129 on average to end the 2015 MLB season, yet none of these four clashes come close to even $100 on average. In fact, the most expensive game is game three on the 12th, when fans can pile into Yankee Stadium for this division rivalry for an average price of $91.25.

The value strings across this series from start to finish, too, with game one costing just $77.70 on average, while game two and the series finale (game four) both hover right around $83. Even crazier is the get-in price for each game, as the first two games have fans hitting the cheap seats for just $15, while the next two games are $17 and $18 to get in the door, respectively. If all of that value wasn’t enough, Toronto fans will be pleased to learn it’s not all about the Yanks, as Blue Jays tickets also drop way down for this series (usually right around $126 on average for the rest of the year).

This series carries even more value when you look ahead to the a late-season series between these two squads (Sep. 21-23) in Toronto. Sure, it’s entirely possible (if not downright likely) that the series two weeks from now will be more intense, but even if that’s the case, all three of those games are priced out over $205 on average. That gives fans huge savings to see the same exact series live this week, and with the ramifications just as important. Fans looking to attend either of these series can find the best travel and hotels deals via Hipmunk.com, which lists accommodations ranging from five-star hotels to AirBnB availability.

While the value is obvious for this week, the winner is not. The Blue Jays and Yankees have been fighting back and forth for the top spot in the AL East for the past month and both have really been in the mix for the division all year long. Toronto really put their foot on the gas when they swung trades for Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, however, and suddenly are quite the formidable roadblock as New York tries to win the division and punch their ticket into the 2015 MLB playoffs.

The reality is both teams boast elite offenses, and aside from Price in Toronto, neither has a defense they can routinely hang their hat on. It doesn’t get much more obvious than a look back at the meetings between these two already this year, as Toronto holds an 8-4 season series edge. The reason? Offense. Toronto lived up to their potent offense in the prior 2015 meetings, dropping a whopping 43 runs on the Yanks, while only giving up 26. If the Yankees want to give the AL East title a serious go, their offense will need to show up. There’s no guarantee that happens, but it’s beyond clear that this series is hyped up for a reason: because the offensive potential is through the roof and there just aren’t many series that carry more weight.

TiqIQ: Yankees Will Take On Crosstown Rival Mets In Most Expensive Game Of September, Host Orioles In Cheapest

It doesn’t get much more intense for the New York Yankees than the month of September. Trailing the rival Toronto Blue Jays by 1.5 games in the AL East, the Bronx Bombers have almost no room for error as they try to lock up a division title and give the World Series another go. Much like those pesky Jays, the Yankees have gotten to this point largely thanks to their potent offense, but whether or not they can secure the division and make a deep playoff run may come down to their uneven starting pitching.

With so much on the line, no one in New York should be surprised tickets to see the Yankees stand to spike a bit in September. Even with that being the case, fans can still find themselves some solid bargains. Let’s take a look at what kind of value can be had next month as we break down the cheapest and most expensive games for the Yanks in September:

Cheapest – 9/8/2015 vs. Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium | Avg: $71.02 | Primary get-in: $20

While they currently sit 11 games back of first-place in the AL East, the Orioles are certainly a team that cannot be taken lightly, possessing one of the more potent lineups in the league. Furthermore, they are the reigning division champs and will do everything they can in trying to successfully defend their title. That’s just one fragment of the value to be seen in New York’s cheapest game of September, as this is obviously a huge rivalry clash with playoff implications.

For Baltimore, even if they’re out of the running for the division at this point in September, they’re still hovering around the Wild Card hunt as well. Every game and series is crucial for the Yanks down the stretch, and as a result, this particular meeting with the O’s should be as important as any.

The best part is this game screams value at just over $71 on average, while anyone can get in the door for $20 via primary tickets on Ticketmaster. New York holds the edge on the year, being 8-3 in the season series up to this point. At the same time, the Orioles have actually outscored them, 62-59, in those 13 ballgames, which could make this a very competitive series, just as it usually is when the Yanks and O’s get together. Baltimore boasts some truly dangerous bats, particular the likes of Adam Jones, Manny Machado, and Chris Davis, that can contend with any opposing pitching. Not only should this particular affair be close, but fans will get even more value thanks to this being Old School Pennant Night.

Most Expensive – 9/19/2015 at New York Mets at Citi Field | Avg: $322.71 | Secondary get-in: $81

The Subway Series is baseball’s battle of New York, and this year it is bigger than ever with both the Mets and Yankees fighting for the top spot in their respective divisions. The Mets severely upgraded their offense around the trade deadline, and to go with their elite starting pitching, have created quite the pad for first in the NL East. They might only be more explosive from here on out after getting longtime Mets third baseman David Wright back from injury. The Yankees, of course, have their own significant firepower, led by Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Brett Gardner, but we’ll see if their sometimes inconsistent pitching can keep up with the likes of Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and/or Jacob deGrom on the road. Fortunately for the Yanks, their own pitching has come on as of late, with improved showings lately from Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, and Ivan Nova, all of whom appear to be hitting their stride at the right time.

All of this adds up to offer up the most expensive game of September — and by a wide margin. Mets tickets are below $100 on average to close out the year, but despite that being known, this game climbs a staggering $322.71 over that average. It’s just as crazy for Yankees tickets, which average out around $121 to finish the regular season. This is a pricey game, to be sure, but it’s magnitude can’t be underplayed. The good news for Yankees fans is that their club did take a series from the Mets earlier in the year way back in April, when the Bombers took two of three at Yankee Stadium. Either way, fans from both sides are in for quite a show, especially since this game includes a cool Thundersticks Giveaway and has so many playoff implications for both squads. The average price is hard to take in, but at least fans can stomach the get-in tag, with the cheap seats being a very affordable $81.

TiqIQ: Yankees Prepare For Series Opposite Astros; Tickets Remain Very Affordable For Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead

A week ago, the New York Yankees lost their stronghold on the AL East. Now, they’ve got it back. That touch-and-go status atop one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball will probably stick around, too, since the surging Toronto Blue Jays are just 1.5 games back and remain one of the hottest, not to mention most dangerous, teams in the American League.

Toronto isn’t the only team giving the Yanks a run for their money inside the division, which is all the more reason for New York to piece together a hot run without looking back. Thanks to a recent run of their own, the Baltimore Orioles are also just five games out of first, and even the Tampa Bay Rays were just 6.5 games out earlier in the week. Suffice to say, the home stretch is bound to be a wild one for the Bronx Bombers, making New York Yankees tickets an extremely hot item as the season soon enters its final month.

On top of their division title and playoff prospects, New York is force-feeding fans value on a regular basis at Yankee Stadium, and that should only continue with Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Night when the Houston Astros come into town on Monday, August 24. When these two contenders collide, there will certainly be playoff implications, making it all the more of a tremendous bargain when this series-opening showdown gets underway. After all, Major League teams only give out a select number of bobbleheads commemorating their best and most celebrated players, and the Ellsbury offering happens to be one of the last of the season provided by the Yankees.

The first 18,000 guests get their hands on a Jacoby Ellsbury bobblehead, and then get to enjoy two powerful teams battle. Both Houston and New York have scored a healthy number of runs this season, and with Yankee Stadium being the perfect stage for an offensive explosion, the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Carlos Correa, and Jose Altuve could break out in a big way. The man of the night, Ellsbury, is also more than capable of churning out his own significant production, and may be extra tempted to do so on the night he is being honored with his first-ever bobblehead as a member of the Yankees.

Regardless of how the game goes down, fans from both sides are in for a major value, with Yankees tickets for game one of this three-game series averaging out at just $88.83 on TiqIQ. If that wasn’t good enough, fans can hit the cheap seats starting at $20 on Yankees.com and if they arrive to Yankee Stadium early enough, they’ll also get the desired Yankees collectible giveaway. Without question, it’s one of the best deals going down at Yankee Stadium left in the slate, and is certainly the game worth catching before August comes to a conclusion.

With the season starting to wind down, the Yankees need every win they can get to make sure they can stave off the pesky Jays and Orioles in the AL East. And while they do it, fans can continue to take advantage of the great promotional items being distributed at Yankee Stadium.

TiqIQ: Plenty of Affordable Tickets Available for Key Yankees-Blue Jays Series

There might not be a bigger series in the immediate future for the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays than the one that has the two AL East rivals facing off on August 7. New York has ridden an elite offense to the top of the division through the first half of the 2015 MLB season, but Toronto rests just 4.5 games back with an even better offense, based on the amount of runs scored by both clubs this season. When the two get together at Yankee Stadium for a three-game set this week, the aftermath could point to an eventual division winner.

There is naturally a ton on the line in this mammoth-sized clash, while bad rivalry blood and explosive offenses also add to the allure. If that wasn’t enough, the pure value of Yankees tickets in this particular matchup shoots this series through the roof when it comes to fans getting serious bang for their buck, with no games coming in at over $79 on average. Compared to the average Yankees ticket for the rest of the year (over $171), the discount is quite clear on the secondary market. On the primary market, all three games this series have discounts available for MasterCard card holders buying on Yankees.com.

The beauty of any matchup at Yankee Stadium is that power can always come in heavy doses. Combine the forces of two of the league’s most potent offenses, and fans could be in for a downright dirty pairing. Game one ($75.66 on average, $21 to get in) definitely rolls with that theme, as R.A. Dickey takes the mound for the Jays. Dickey has actually been quite good as of late, as the 40-year old knuckleballer has been fairly stingy in improving his overall numbers compared to where they stood earlier in the season. Keeping that up in Yankee Stadium won’t be easy, though, especially when he’s going up against big bats like Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, both of whom own home runs opposing the right-hander.

If Toronto stifles the Yanks in the opener, the pinstripes might be in even more trouble come game two ($73.45 on average, $21 for the cheap seats), when they go up against familiar foe and former American League Cy Young award winner David Price. Toronto recently padded their pitching rotation with the elite arm and Price answered with a dominant debut against the Twins. Price will have to especially watch out for Brian McCann and Teixeira in this one, as both hitters own three career home runs off the staff ace.

Game three wraps this series up in style ($78.36, $21 to get in) with Marco Estrada slinging pitches to home plate. If the first two games don’t go as planned for the Yanks, this one is sure to, as Estrada offers up major power connection on his pitches. Estrada has followed suit of Dickey and Price with strong play as of late, but has still had some trouble with getting New York’s better bats out and could be primed for a letdown at Yankee Stadium.

The writing on the wall is evident: this isn’t a series the Yankees can afford to lose. Toronto was active on the trade market by acquiring Troy Tulowitzki to beef up a league-leading offense and Price to bolster their sluggish pitching rotation. Now fully equipped to take over the AL East, the Blue Jays will try to use this week’s three-game series to push closer to that goal. It’s up to New York’s bats to use Yankee Stadium to their advantage and keep the Blue Jays at bay.

TiqIQ: Looking To Further Solidify Division Lead, Yankees Embark On August Full Of Intriguing Promotional Days At Yankee Stadium

What was once a really tight, jumbled-up division race has suddenly become almost a laugher as the calendar gets ready to flip to August. The team that has emerged from the rubble, the New York Yankees, has been the only club in the AL East to play consistent baseball, and after a hot month, they’ve managed to seemingly pull away from the rest of the pack, comfortably residing at the top for division supremacy.

As a result, August is shaping up to be an exciting month for Yankee fans, but not just because the Bronx Bombers appear playoff-bound for the first time in three years. In addition to impending success on the way to October, the Yankees have a plethora of awesome promotional giveaway days at Yankee Stadium throughout the month, including a variety of giveaways during the upcoming three-game set with the arch nemesis Boston Red Sox.

While fans might believe they can score better ticket deals for these games from the secondary market, that’s not the case with this series and other games throughout August, as Yankees.com actually boasts most of the superior ticket offers that you’ll find. For instance, in game one of this series, the Yankees feature tickets in section 107, row 14 for $110, which easily tops the price of section 107, row 14 tickets on the secondary market, where those same seats are being sold for $168. Furthermore, section 128, row 22 is $155, yet on the secondary market, those seats are going for a whopping $234! This trend is prevalent all throughout the series, like in the middle affair against the Red Sox on August 5, where tickets in section 417, row 11 cost just $32 on the Yankees website, besting the secondary market once again, which has those same seats for $50. Meanwhile, in the finale on August 6, section 406, row 5 seats on Yankees.com can be had for $22, as opposed to the $34 price-tag they’re going for from other sellers.

It doesn’t stop there, of course, as the Yankees sport a few other notable promotional days at the stadium in the latter portion of August that fans will definitely want to take part in. The two most significant will actually be occurring on back-to-back days on the same weekend, when the Yankees host the Cleveland Indians for a weekend series. On Saturday, August 22, it will be Jorge Posada Day at The Stadium, in which there will be a ceremony honoring one of the best catchers in franchise history, with his number being retired. In addition, a special Jorge Posada Collector Card will be distributed to fans. Former longtime Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte will also receive the same treatment the following day on Sunday, August 23, when the Yanks retire Pettitte’s number as well with a ceremony in his honor, while also giving out Andy Pettitte Collector Cards, too. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the most special weekends for the franchise all year.

Towards the end of August, the Yankees will be giving away arguably the most anticipated item on the promotional calendar this month, that being a Jacoby Ellsbury bobblehead on Monday, August 24, when New York starts a series with a fellow AL contender, the Houston Astros. In a way, this could also serve as a potential playoff preview, if the two clubs meet one another at some point in October.

Regardless of the outcome of any one particular game, August is shaping up to be a great month to be at Yankee Stadium.