TiqIQ: Look Ahead: Royals, Yankees Prepare For Second Battle of AL Behemoths In Two Week Span

When the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals get together, it will mark the first confrontation between two of the American League’s elite clubs in Yankee Stadium following this past weekend’s three-game set at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. In fact, they own two of the best records in the league and sit atop their respective divisions in first place following the series in which the Royals took two of three from the Yanks.

As a result, it’s easy to figure that tickets for this upcoming three-game set at Yankee Stadium will be highly sought after, as this series looks like it will be the biggest test the Yankees have had through the first handful of weeks of the 2015 campaign.

When seeking out tickets for any games in this series, your best bet for the cheapest ticket prices will be from the Yankees, rather than dealing with the secondary market. Some seats even feature a significant margin between the two sources.

For instance, for the series finale on May 27, if you wanted to sit in the 200-level section, you could get tickets in section 215, row 11 from Yankees.com for $155, while seats in section 215, row 15 on the secondary market would cost you $266, which is a savings of over $100! There are similar differences for that same game, as seats in section 106, row 10 are priced at $110 through the Yankees, compared to $160 out on the secondary market for similar location in section 106, row 13. Again, that’s a monumental price margin.

Additionally, if you wanted to keep it simple and reside in the 400-level seats, you could get tickets for section 410, row 4 in the opener on May 25 for only $22 from the Yankees, while tickets for section 410, row 1 would cost you $29 from another seller.

Unsurprisingly, this trio of games might draw some of the biggest Yankee Stadium crowds of the year. New York is coming off their first back-to-back seasons of not making the playoffs for the first time since the mid-1990’s, so their strong start certainly has everyone in the organization, and the fans of course, rejuvenated and excited for what’s ahead.

The Royals have been just as terrific thus far, however, and will be game for the task of taking on another AL behemoth. They’ve received great play on both sides of the ball, having among the highest team batting average in all of baseball and one the AL’s best team ERA marks. They won the American League pennant last season before going down in the maximum seven games in the World Series, and up to this point, they’re proving it was no fluke whatsoever. This series could determine who the true superpower in the league is right now as we march closer towards June.

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TiqIQ: ‘Bernie Williams Night’ Generating High Prices on Secondary Market

Although he hasn’t played in a Major League Baseball game since 2006, former New York Yankees great Bernie Williams officially retired from the game only this year, and will have a day in his honor at Yankee Stadium in which his recognizable No. 51 will be retired by the club.

On Sunday, May 24, “Bernie Williams Night” will be held at the stadium, with a Monument Park plaque dedication ceremony for one of the most decorated outfielders in franchise history scheduled prior to the game, leading up to first pitch at 8:05 p.m. EST for an affair with the Texas Rangers. The contest will cap off a three-game series with the AL West squad.

For games like these, it’s probably best to search for tickets through the team directly, rather than the secondary market, especially with this being one of the more special days of the year concerning the 2015 Yankees’ home slate. Typically, as it concerns promotional days, people selling tickets on the market will drive up the price, also due to the higher-than-usual demand, in order to make the maximum that they can get. In the case of “Bernie Williams Night,” the differences in ticket prices are substantial. On TiqIQ, tickets for the Yankees for this game cost $124.64 on average.

If you’re a longtime Yankees fan and simply wanted to attend the game just out of support for Williams, and therefore only desired 400-level tickets, it would cost you as little as $28 through the Yankees (section 434A, row 10, for example). On the secondary market, similar seating in section 434A, row 11, is running for more than 50% more, being $43. Furthermore, if you’re looking for tickets in the 200-level, you could get seating in section 232B, row 9 for $61, whereas section 232B, row 15 on the secondary market would, again, cost just about 50% more, clocking in at $97. In such instances, it makes a lot more sense to seek out your tickets through the team.

Williams arrived in the big leagues in 1991 and proceeded to etch a very nice career, playing for 16 years, all with the Yankees. He made the All Star team five times, won a Gold Glove in the outfield four times, and also has a batting title on his resume when his .339 batting average topped everyone in the league in 1998. Most importantly, he was an integral part of the famed Yankees rosters of the late-1990’s and 2000, when the club put together one of the more impressive dynasties in sports history, winning four championships in a five-year span. Williams played an important role in all four of those title-winning teams.

As part of the celebration, fans will also be given a Bernie Williams Collector Card. All in all, it is shaping up to be a special night for one of this generation’s most famous Yankees, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a completely sold-out crowd in attendance for the evening.

TiqIQ: Yankees Staying Hot On Road, Will Return To Yankee Stadium Tomorrow Against Baltimore


Not everyone expected the New York Yankees to storm into the 2015 MLB season with active bats and a stranglehold on first place in the AL East, but here they are. Alex Rodriguez has continued to be a nice surprise, as the polarizing superstar has knocked in an impressive six homers and 16 RBI. It hasn’t been all A-Rod, though, as the Yanks have ridden the bats of Jacob Ellsbury (batting .358), Mark Teixeira (10 HRs and 22 RBI) and Brett Gardner (batting .309) en route to 17 wins to start the year.

While New York’s hot start is encouraging for a long and winding season, they’ll need more of that offense if they want it to continue. That’s especially the case this week, when the Yanks go up against an equally potent offense in the division rival Baltimore Orioles. Something will have to break, as both ball clubs have shown a tendency to bring power to their offenses, but also haven’t done a great job keeping their opponents locked down on the defensive end.

That’s all the better for the sake of value when it comes to New York Yankees tickets, as fans can probably bank on at least a couple high-scoring clashes when this four-game series gets going on Thursday, May 7. While this series could provide a major swing in the division standings for the Orioles, it could also allow the Yankees to further distance themselves from their main competition in the AL East. New York would also prefer to start building a bigger lead over Baltimore, the reigning division champs.

Yankees fans can probably see the value already, but if they look in the right place, the price of Yankees tickets can be even sweeter. Secondary market prices currently start at $110 for the 100-level seats on Thursday, with a get-in price of $22, but if fans acquire their tickets via Yankees.com, they can save some cash this week, with 100-level seats starting from $58. Saturday might award fans the best value for Yankees-Orioles tickets, as tickets via Yankees.com are just $79 for 100-level seats, as opposed to $106 elsewhere.

Regardless, it should be an entertaining meeting between two very good ball clubs, and if the Yankees can continue their hitting surge, they have a nice chance of winning this series. Seeing any signs of life from their pitching rotation probably wouldn’t hurt, either, although it’s tough to buy New York shutting down an Orioles offense that boasts the seemingly  unstoppable Adam Jones (batting .396 with 5 HRs and 21 RBI), as well as stellar power from Chris Davis (6 HRs and 18 RBI). The rotation hasn’t been bad, though, so it is possible, and if they can minimize the Baltimore bats, taking three out of four is definitely more than possible.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Earlier today MLB released the 2015 All-Star Game ballot. Here’s the ballot. It’s all online this year. No more paper ballots at the ballpark. The Yankees are represented at every position by exactly who you’d expect. MLB just picks each team’s starter at each position and puts them on the ballot. This is where I remind you it is your duty as an RAB reader … nay, your duty as an American to vote Alex Rodriguez into the All-Star Game this year. The voting is open until July 3rd.

Here is your open thread for the evening. This afternoon’s loss to the Rays will be replayed on YES at 7pm ET, if you’re interested. The Mets are playing, ESPN is showing Phillies-Cardinals, and there’s both NBA and NHL playoff action as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

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TiqIQ: Subway Series This Weekend Carries High Prices on Secondary Market

This upcoming weekend, the Mets and Yankees will get together at Yankee Stadium for the first Subway Series of the season, and it comes at a very interesting time for both in-state rivals. The Mets are in the midst a remarkable run, having won 10 in a row entering Thursday and actually have the best record in the National League. The Yankees, on the other hand, struggled a bit out of the gate, but have righted the ship since, with wins in five of their last six, including a sweep of fellow AL East division tenant Tampa Bay on the road.

The drama is always high when both New York baseball clubs meet, and now it’s expected to reach even higher levels as they clash in this crucial early-season three-game set. Below the three pitching matchups, along with ticket information pertaining to each contest is broken down. It is interesting to note that for each of these three games fans can find cheaper tickets on Yankees.com than comparable seats on the secondary market. A few examples are highlighted below.

4/24 Jacob deGrom vs Michael Pineda | Yankees.com 100-level (Section 126) pricing: $225 | Secondary market 100-level (Section 126) pricing: $333 | Average price: $149.73

When the Mets and Yankees kick off the latest chapter in their rivalry on Friday night, they’ll be doing so with a couple of brilliant youngsters on the hill. Jacob deGrom gets the ball in game one for the Mets, and the reigning National League Rookie of the Year has been outstanding in the early going, being 2-1 with a microscopic 0.93 ERA. He’s gone at least six strong innings in each start, displaying the same consistency that led him to his award last season, and he also has an impressive 17/3 K/BB ratio in his 19.1 innings of work. Michael Pineda will be his opponent, and while he hasn’t jumped out to the same type of dominant start as his counterpart, he’s still looked pretty good nonetheless, posting an even more impressive 20/2 K/BB ratio in his three starts, while logging at least six innings in each start as well. Fans wanting to see how the series will commence can get a better deal at Yankees.com for tickets, in which you could get seats in section 126 for a relatively reasonable $225. By comparison, seats in the same section draw a $333 price tag on the secondary market. With both starters having the potential to overpower any given lineup, this should be a great opener that could set the tone for the rest of the series.

4/25 Matt Harvey vs C.C. Sabathia | Yankees.com 100-level (Section 135) pricing: $80 | Secondary market 100-level (Section 135) pricing: $139 | Average price: $209.18

Unsurprisingly, the second game of the series features the highest average ticket price and get-in price of all three contests, not just because it’s Brett Gardner Kids Replica Bat Giveaway, but also largely because Matt Harvey will be on the mound for the Mets. “The Dark Knight” made his much-heavily anticipated return to the big leagues this season after missing more than a year due to Tommy John surgery, and he’s performed thus far as if he never left. Harvey is 3-0 through three starts with a 3.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and has racked up an impressive 24 punch-outs in only 18 innings of work, as he’s gone exactly six innings in each outing. C.C. Sabathia, meanwhile, was once in the place occupied by Harvey on the Yankees’ side of things, as a consistent ace that fans could count on perennially. He’s fallen off in recent years, but is enjoying a bit of a renaissance so far in 2015, despite an undeserving 0-3 record. Sabathia currently has a 4.35 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, which are his best marks since 2012, and he’s coming off an especially strong start in which he shut down an impressive Tigers lineup over eight innings, limiting them to only two runs, so his confidence is returning to normal. As a result, this will be an interesting pitching matchup that somewhat highlights the new sheriff in town being pitted against the old guard. This high-profile matchup also appears to have better ticket deals on Yankees.com, where one can purchase tickets in section 135 for an affordable $80, compared to a much more inflated $139 for tickets in the same section on the secondary market.

4/26 Jon Niese vs Nathan Eovaldi | Yankees.com 200-level (Section 234) pricing: $55 | Secondary market 200-level (Section 234) pricing: $89 | Average price: $111.04

For the series finale on Sunday, it’s a battle between two completely different pitchers, as left-hander Jon Niese, someone who relies on precision and location, takes on powerful righty Nathan Eovaldi, one of the hardest throwers in all of baseball. In fact, Eovaldi is ranked amongst the upper echelon of baseball in hardest average fastball, consistently clocking in the mid-to-upper 90’s MPH. In his first season with the Yankees, the 25-year-old flamethrower has been solid, being 1-0 in three starts with a 3.12 ERA, while racking up 14 strikeouts in 17-plus innings of work. However, when he was with the Marlins last year, Eovaldi faced the Mets twice and was shelled to the tune of a 7.15 ERA, allowing nine runs on 11 hits. Niese, on the other hand, has been a little more consistent, and has actually been one of the Mets’ best pitchers in the early going. Heading into this fourth start of the year, he’s 2-0 with a sparkling 1.50 ERA, although he also has a far-from-shiny 1.56 WHIP as well. The contrasting styles of both pitchers should help create a compelling final game of the series, which could end up deciding who takes this three- game set. For those wanting to see how the series wraps up, Yankees.com has better deals for tickets, such as in section 234, where you can buy tickets for just $55. On the secondary market, tickets for that same section will fetch a price of $89, which is more than 50% higher than the aforementioned Yankees.com pricing.

TiqIQ: As Resellers Look to Capitalize on Yankees-Red Sox Games, Yankees.com Has Cheapest Available Tickets

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is one of the best in sports. Even though the Red Sox and Yankees both missed the playoffs in 2014, the archrivals are sure to draw huge crowds when they face each other for the first time this season on April 10-12 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Fans wanting to score tickets for those games might think their best bet is the secondary market, but they should think again.

Many of the tickets for those three games currently available for purchase directly from the Yankees ticket office are considerably less expensive than the same or comparable seats on the secondary market. This seems unusual as fans often believe tickets cost less on the secondary market, where ticket buyers and season ticket holders try to resell their tickets, than on the primary market.

While fans have been trained to target resellers first to get the best deal on tickets, Yankees fans who want to see their team play the Red Sox in the first homestand of the year should reconsider.

For example, at the time of this writing, Field Level seats (Section 130, Row 21) for the opener of the three-game Yankees vs. Red Sox series are available for $100 apiece directly from the Yankees box office. Meanwhile, a Field Level seat for the same game on the secondary market is currently listed at $118 for comparable seats.

200-Level seats (Section 234, Row 2) for the same game can be purchased from the team for $55. Tickets are listed for 55% more ($85) from ticket resellers in Rows 1 and 2.

Fans wanting to sit in the Terrace Level (Section 333, Row 7) would be looking at a price of $32 per ticket from the Yankees. The secondary market has prices at $32 on the low end, but most are $40 and up.

Finally, seats in the Grandstand Level (Section 431B, Row 1) offered by resellers are going for $35, which is more than 50% more for the the same tickets being offered by the team ($22). Similar deals are available for the Saturday Yankees-Red Sox game as well.

The difference in price between the primary and secondary markets does not only apply to the upcoming games the Yankees will play against the Red Sox. These deals are consistently available throughout the Yankees home schedule in April and May.

Derek Jeter has retired and the Yankees missed the postseason the last two years, a rarity for them. Similarly, the Red Sox are without an ace pitcher and they are coming off a last-place finish in 2014. Still, fans can expect big crowds when these two teams meet in the Bronx in April. For those wanting to be among them, then buying tickets directly from the Yankees is the way to go.

TiqIQ: Best 2015 Yankees ticket deals are not necessarily on the secondary market

Yankees tickets1After saying goodbye to legendary closer Mariano Rivera in 2013 and “The Captain” Derek Jeter last year, the 2015 Yankees are hoping to contend with a combination of next generation anchors like Dellin Betances, Masahiro Tanaka, and Didi Gregorius as well as a cast of veterans like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira. Based on prices in the secondary market, fans are looking forward to the next chapter in Yankees history. The current average price for tickets across the 2015 season is $130 on the secondary market, 21% higher than last year’s average.

Like years past, the most expensive games are against familiar teams such as the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. Over the past 15 years, the secondary market has been the go-to source for fans looking to get the best deal. While that’s still the case for some events, fans looking to get the best deal on tickets will be better off going directly to Yankees.com.

In April and May, for 18 of the 22 home games, Yankees.com has the lowest prices in at least one seating level compared to the secondary market. For that same period, there’s a cheaper 300-level option from the team for 68% of the games. That’s the case for 100 level seats for 45% of the games. For the first Yankees-Red Sox game on April 11th, you can find a 100-level tickets on Yankees.com for $110, which is well below the $144 that they will cost on the secondary market. There are even a limited amount 100-level Opening Day seats against Toronto that are available for $77 less than by going directly to the team’s websites. In the 300-level you can find primary tickets for $80 compared to $179 on the secondary market.

Here are three other notable games where going directly to the box office will be your best bet:

April 24 vs. Mets

100-level tickets available at $225 on Yankees.com compared to $339 on the secondary market. 400-level seats for $22 directly from the team compared to $48 on the secondary market.

April 25 vs. Mets

100-level tickets available for $80 on Yankees.com compared to $121 on the secondary market.

200-level tickets from the team for $155 compared to $220 on the secondary market.

April 29 vs. Tampa Bay

100-level tickets available for $225 compared to $277 on the secondary market.

In addition to pricing more efficiently this year, there are also a host of promotional nights like MasterCard $5 nights, of which there are four over the first month of the season. You can see those all here and see the grid below which we put together to help Yankees fans make sure they’re getting the best deals to get out to Yankees Stadium.

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