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.

TiqIQ: Even With Secondary Market Hot, Primary Tickets Remain For Yankees-Orioles Series

It’s been a very up-and-down season for the reigning AL East champion Baltimore Orioles. After a slow start to the year that saw them saddled with a 23-29 record in early-June, the Orioles turned things around with their best stretch of the season, going 18-7 throughout the rest of the month to vault back into first-place. However, they would proceed to go cold again, losing 10 of their last 13 entering the All-Star break, which sunk them down to the .500-mark and right back into the middle-of-the-pack.

 

Fortunately for Buck Showalter’s club, they’ll have a very nice opportunity to gain some ground back, as they travel to Yankee Stadium for a crucial series with the first-place Yankees. The Bronx Bombers have experienced their own highs and lows throughout the season, but at the moment, have sustained a decent lead for first over the rest of the division residents and will try and keep it going as the second half gets rolling.

It’s been an evenly-matched season series between the two clubs up to this point, as they’ve split ten meetings heading into this three-game set. Ironically, it’s been the road team that has dominated, as the Orioles took two of three from each of their series at Yankee Stadium, while New York took three out of four when they visited Camden Yards in Baltimore in early-May. With this series being in the Bronx, the Yankees will look to reverse that trend.

Speaking of trends, fans might be surprised to learn that a majority of superior ticket deals can actually be found on Yankees.com, as opposed to on the secondary market and the same holds true for this very series. For instance, look no further than the highly coveted seats in section 128, row 25 on the field for Thursday’s series finale. Those who explore their options on the Yankees website can get those premium seats for $155, which is an immense bargain when compared to what other sellers are asking for. In fact, those same tickets are going for whopping $235 on the secondary market.

Furthermore, the same game sees tickets in section 228, row 7 going for just $90 from the Yankees, which easily bests the $149 price tag those same seats are listed at from outside sellers. Fans can also attain better value straight from the team for the series opener in section 234, row 1. On Yankees.com, those seats cost $55, whereas on the secondary market, they cost $70.

Early on in the second half, this is as close to a “must-see” series as it gets, considering how tightly-contested the race in the AL East is, and the storied organizations involved. Without question, this will be one of the more high-profile series throughout this week, and that’s why the demand for tickets is so high on the secondary market. Thus, your best bet is going straight to the source for your ticketing needs.

TiqIQ: Betances Figurine Night Provides Rare Giveaway At Yankee Stadium

Tonight the New York Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three-game set, and it will feature something more than a potential Yankees home victory. In addition to the action, this particular affair will also serve as Dellin Betances Figurine Night, the only one of its kind to be held at Yankee Stadium all season long, and the only night dedicated to honoring one of the game’s brightest young relievers.

While the giveaway item will be rare and perhaps even become valuable, considering the Yankees typically only give bobbleheads as opposed to figurines, tickets are averaging $58.66 for this contest, with a get-in price of just $7 on TiqIQ. Going into the season, many figured this promotion at the stadium would rank amongst the most highly demanded Yankees tickets of the year, so the value in going to this game looks remarkable at the moment. There are great deals to be had not just on the secondary market, but also directly through the team on Yankees.com, as tonight offers discounts for students and military members.

Betances has been enjoying another unbelievable All-Star campaign in 2015, owning a 5-1 record, 1.80 ERA, and 0.86 WHIP (as of July 7), not to mention the fact that he has 68 strikeouts in just 42 innings of work for one of the best strikeout-per-inning ratios amongst all Major League relief pitchers. Furthermore, opposing batters are hitting an eye-opening .127 against the hard-throwing right-hander.

As great as he’s been this season, it will be difficult for the Washington Heights native to top his success from a season ago. Aside from making the All-Star team and finishing third in the voting for the AL Rookie of the Year award, Betances set a new franchise record last year for strikeouts by a reliever, as his 135 punch-outs topped the great Mariano Rivera’s previous mark of 130 set back in 1996.

Alongside closer Andrew Miller, the 27-year-old Betances helps comprise one of the top one-two late-inning punches in all of baseball. In the process, he’s helped ease the transition in the bullpen as it regards the post-Rivera era, as well as moving on from David Robertson.

With a revamped bullpen led by Betances and Miller in addition to Alex Rodriguez’s resurgence at the plate this season, the Yanks are leading the AL East with a 44-38 record to begin July. In challenging the struggling Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners in their next three series starting Tuesday evening, the Yanks have a golden opportunity to broaden their lead on the Baltimore Orioles and take control of the division.

As long as they can consistently get leads into the latter innings, there’s no question Betances will play a crucial role in helping close the door. Any fan who follows baseball recognizes that Betances is as automatic as any late-inning reliever the sport has to offer.

TiqIQ: Old-Timers’ Day Tickets Averaging Close To $75, With $15 Get-In Price

This upcoming weekend features a circle-the-calendar event as the 69th annual Old-Timers’ Day will be held at Yankee Stadium. Ceremonies will be held prior to the Yankees-Detroit Tigers game at approximately 4:00 p.m., including Willie Randolph being honored with a Monument Park plaque.

For fans looking to attend the ceremony and celebration of Yankees history, there are multiple avenues to explore in trying to find the best deal for tickets.

Yankees Old-Timers’ Day tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $73.64 with a get-in price of $15, according to TiqIQ.com. It is the second-most expensive game of the series against the Detroit Tigers, as Sunday’s average ticket price is slightly higher at $74.38 with the same get-in price of $15.

But the best route might be using Yankees.com. From our price comparisons, the prices for tickets on Yankees.com are at times better than buying on the secondary market. For instance, a 100-level seat (Sec. 123, Row 21) on Yankees.com costs $300, while a seat in the same section and row on the secondary market comes out to $337. Additionally, a 300-level seat costing $100 on Yankees.com for Sec. 323, Row 3, costs $147 on the secondary market.

Another option is the Yankees ticket exchange, which is offering 10% off all tickets to college graduates and dads for Father’s Day weekend with promo code YankeesEmail10.

And it’s shaping up to be another great Yankees event. Yankee greats and Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Whitey Ford, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson and Joe Torre are scheduled to attend. David Cone, John Flaherty, Paul O’Neill, Bucky Dent, Cecil Fielder, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Don Larsen and many more will also be there to celebrate the new member of Monument Park.

Randolph was with the Yankees for 13 seasons and was a five-time American League All-Star. Randolph won back-to-back World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and earned four more rings with the Yankees during his 11 seasons coaching.

TiqIQ: Yanks, Fish Meet This Week For First Time Since ‘09; Drawing High Ticket Prices

The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins are getting set for a very rare clash with one another when they collide this week in a home-and-home four-game series, beginning tonight. The first two games will be played in Miami at Marlins Park, while the latter two will take place at Yankee Stadium. This could be a critical set for both clubs, as the Yankees are trying to stay atop the AL East, while the Marlins are simply trying to work their way up from the cellar of the NL East.

That may be easier said than done with New York’s big boppers poised to make an impact as usual, but Miami has some lively bats of their own that can help propel them to an upset. Giancarlo Stanton will be making his much-anticipated Yankee Stadium debut in this series, already in the midst of a home run flurry while sitting on top of baseball with 23 home runs. The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira isn’t too far behind him, having 17 long balls, and he’ll combine with Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the Yankees’ potent offense to try and best Stanton and Co. in the power game, which could ultimately be the difference in who takes this series.

All of that power is one reason why Yankees tickets on TiqIQ spike considerably for the first pair of games, relative to the general lower cost of games at Marlins Park. In fact, the opener currently features an average ticket price of $165.62, with a get-in price of $45, while the second affair has an average ticket price of $151.73 and a get-in price of $51, according to TiqIQ. Without question, these are two of the highest-priced games in Miami all season, as a lot of Florida residents are Yankees fans.

When the series shifts to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, June 17, the pricing isn’t as steep, as the Marlins are a drop from the usual competition that invades the Bronx. The average ticket price for the first game is currently only $68.74 on TiqIQ, whereas on Yankees.com fans can enjoy MasterCard preferred pricing for discounted tickets. The series finale, which features a Thurman Munson Bobblehead giveaway has an average ticket price of $103.42, with a $28 get-in on Yankees.com including fees. However, as good as those prices may seem, you might be able to get an even better deal through the Yankees Ticket Exchange, as they are offering 10 percent off in honor of Father’s Day and the graduating season for students until June 22.

Yankee fans certainly may have an interest in this series, being the first time the two teams have met since 2009, which, interestingly, was also the last time the Yankees won it all. In that series, though, it was the Marlins — who were still known as the Florida Marlins during that time — who emerged with a surprising 2-1 series victory. Six years later, the Yanks come down to Florida to return the favor, although both sides have had significant makeovers since they last saw each other, as one might expect.

On the surface, this looks like a tough matchup for Miami, as their starting pitching has mostly been suspect, and they’ll be opposing a lineup that ranks amongst the top teams in runs scored with 287. However, Stanton leads an offense that is far from paltry, as Miami has a solid 245 runs on the season, with an improved offense compared to recent years. Another big reason for that has been the emergence of infielder Dee Gordon, who leads all of baseball with a .354 batting average, not to mention while being second in steals with 22 stolen bases.

Miami should be behind the eight ball going into this clash, but regardless of who wins, this is one to cherish for both sides. Fans get to see major power go head-to-head in a series we haven’t seen for the better part of a decade. Considering the relatively solid pricing, fans are arguably getting a steal at both Marlins Park and Yankee Stadium when the two teams get together for this rare home-and-home meeting.