MLB Ticket Update – May 2013:
The month of May in MLB is full of crosstown rivalries and Interleague matchups. The week featuring Interleague play’s prime rivals begins May 27, with the host clubs in the same matchups shifting on May 29. Some of the top matchups at the end of the month include New York Yankees at New York Mets for their Subway Series (avg. $183), Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies (avg. $124), and Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs in the Windy City Showdown (avg. $121). Each of the series listed above have seen a decrease in average ticket price since February, falling $31, $36, and $32 a seat respectively on the secondary market.
With the warmer weather, crosstown rivalry matchups, and players getting into the swing of things – MLB tickets in May are averaging $61 and have a similar make up to those of the NHL Playoffs. Teams in the City of Toronto have the most expensive ticket in the League and both teams in Los Angeles have the cheapest tickets in the League.
Toronto Blue Jays tickets this month are the most expensive on the resale market, just as they were in April. The Blue Jays will face the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and Atlanta Braves in May at Rogers Centre. New York Yankees tickets are the second most expensive. The most expensive series at Yankee Stadium this month is when the Oakland Athletics come to play (avg. $185).
Los Angeles Angels tickets are the cheapest, while crosstown rivals Los Angeles Dodgers tickets are second cheapest. When the two teams play each other at the end of the month, tickets to the series at Dodger Stadium are averaging just $49 and tickets at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, $68. Sure, the So Cal duo have struggled at the beginning of the season, but some of the biggest stars in baseball will be out on the field competing including Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Clayton Kershaw, Carl Crawford, and Matt Kemp.
|MLB Tickets||Avg. Price (May)|
|Boston Red Sox||$97.05|
|Chicago White Sox||$74.45|
|Kansas City Royals||$53.47|
|Los Angeles Angels||$30.19|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$28.06|
|New York Mets||$102.43|
|New York Yankees||$167.28|
|San Diego Padres||$50.41|
|San Francisco Giants||$101.83|
|St Louis Cardinals||$45.62|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$57.64|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$285.12|
MLB Ticket Update – Opening Day:
Just two days prior to the first game of the MLB regular season, Cincinnati Reds Opening Day tickets were the most expensive on the resale market, averaging $190 and $8 more than New York Yankees Opening Day tickets – the next most expensive game. However, on April 1, NYY tickets prices skyrocketed and were the most expensive that day. If Opening Day tickets are too expensive, try the Week of April 8 – MLB tickets are 21% less expensive than the week prior.
How much have MLB ticket prices changed since the start of Spring Training? MLB teams with the lowest ticket prices on resale market are now the Pittsburgh Pirates $39, Colorado Rockies $42, and Los Angeles Dodgers $45. Chicago Cubs tickets remain the most expensive, although ticket prices have fallen 12% since February 11. Milwaukee Brewers tickets saw the largest increase in prices (up 38%), while Miami Marlins tickets saw the largest decrease in prices (down 33%).
|MLB Tickets||2-11-13 Avg. Price||4-1-13 Avg. Price||∆|
|Boston Red Sox||$107.76||$95.84||-11.06%|
|Chicago White Sox||$91.08||$64.22||-29.49%|
|Kansas City Royals||$51.44||$45.76||-11.05%|
|Los Angeles Angels||$66.16||$53.20||-19.59%|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$49.63||$44.74||-9.85%|
|New York Mets||$85.52||$83.71||-2.11%|
|New York Yankees||$80.31||$79.13||-1.47%|
|San Diego Padres||$72.83||$66.03||-9.33%|
|San Francisco Giants||$79.12||$68.59||-13.31%|
|St Louis Cardinals||$59.27||$59.11||-0.27%|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$85.56||$70.03||-18.16%|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$76.23||$88.37||15.93%|
New York Mets tickets and Toronto Blue Jays tickets are the most expensive in the month of April, both are averaging $70. The Mets will play the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies – all three-game series at Citi Field. The Blue Jays will host the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and New York Yankees this month at Rogers Centre. Key April series in the League include: Cardinals at Giants in a 2012 NLCS rematch (avg. $155), Yankees at Tigers in a 2012 ALCS rematch (avg. $127), and Angels at Rangers for Josh Hamilton’s return to Rangers Ballpark ($124).
MLB Ticket Update – Spring Training Begins:
The countdown to the MLB season is over. Pitchers and catchers report today and Spring Training begins next week. Spring training tickets are averaging $44 (as they were on January 15). The average MLB tickets are $69. Worth noting, Los Angeles Dodgers tickets are 4th cheapest in MLB (avg. $50) despite big acquisitions in the off season. San Francisco Giants tickets to watch the reigning World Series champs in the regular season will cost you $79 on average, 10th highest in MLB. Find the most up-to-date average ticket prices for Spring Training and the Regular Season below.
|MLB Tickets||Avg. Spring Training||Avg. Regular Season|
|Boston Red Sox||$64.57||$107.76|
|Chicago White Sox||$38.26||$91.08|
|Kansas City Royals||$35.49||$51.44|
|Los Angeles Angels||$54.64||$66.16|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$36.02||$49.63|
|New York Mets||$33.53||$85.52|
|New York Yankees||$47.90||$80.31|
|San Diego Padres||$37.99||$72.83|
|San Francisco Giants||$58.59||$79.12|
|St Louis Cardinals||$42.21||$59.27|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$41.27||$85.56|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$36.31||$76.23|
The countdown to the MLB season has already started. Spring Training is just 5 weeks away with Opening Day just over 11 weeks away. MLB tickets are now available for Spring Training, Opening Day and the Regular Season. Check out the infographic below to find out which team has the cheapest and most expensive ticket, which teams you’ll pay big dollars to see on the road and which match-ups are most expensive.
MLB Spring Training
Spring training signals the beginning of Major League Baseball and is set to begin on February 12, 2013.
Why should you go to a Spring Training game? It’s a great question. What many people don’t know is that at Spring Training you not only get to watch a professional baseball game but you also have the chance to observe practice at which time you can watch future prospects and new acquisitions. You have easy access to the players with seats up close (yes that’s right, no nosebleed seats at these stadiums). Looking to score an autograph? It’s substantially easier to do so at a Spring Training game. And the price? Well, you can catch a Spring Training game for 40% less than a Regular Season game. If you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, Spring Training tickets are averaging 1/3 the cost of a ticket to watch the team at Wrigley Field.
One benefit for those living in the North – warmer weather. Spring Training games are now played in Arizona and Florida which lures many residing in colder climates. Fans can head west to Arizona for all the action of the Cactus League, or travel southeast to Florida and enjoy Grapefruit League baseball.
Top teams in the Cactus League include 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants in addition to Southern California teams Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. Both So Cal teams are 17/2 favorites to win the 2013 World Series.
The Grapefruit League includes 2013 World Series favorites Toronto Blue Jays as well as 2012 American League Champions Detroit Tigers.
MLB Top Acquisitions in Off-Season
The Toronto Blue Jays finished fourth in the AL East last season but this year they are expected to win it all. This off-season they acquired the likes of pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder/infielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck in a big trade with the Marlins. In a separate trade with the Mets, they added NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.
The Los Angeles Angels also made some serious moves this off-season. They should benefit from their newest players on the roster including top hitting free agent Josh Hamilton & pitchers Joe Blanton and Sean Burnett.
The Los Angeles Dodgers spent a lot of money to add the top pitching free agent Zack Greinke. In addition, the Dodgers acquired utility player Skip Schumaker in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and signed Hyun-Jin Ryu (free agent).
Does the increased payroll (Angels & Dodgers) mean increased ticket prices for both teams? According to the LA Times, no.
MLB Players to Watch in 2013
Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL MVP signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels this off-season and will join a batting order that already includes 9x All-Star Albert Pujols and AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs last season.
David Price. Tampa Bay’s Price became the Rays first 20-game winner in 2012, going 20-5 with an AL-best 2.56 ERA. He won the AL Cy Young award and recently agreed to a one-year deal for $10.1125 million.
Clayton Kershaw. Over the last few years, Kershaw is undoubtedly one of baseball’s best left-handed starters. In 2011, he won the Pitching Triple Crown and the NL Cy Young Award. His 2.79 career ERA is the lowest among active starters.
Zack Grienke. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award Winner agreed to a six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $147 million. The Dodgers haven’t reached the World Series since winning the title in 1988 and with their $200+ million payroll, all eyes will be on the Franchise to deliver.
Through the Fence Baseball – 13 MLB players to watch in 2013
Fox Sports – Top 13 MLB free agents for 2013
MLB Avg. Ticket Prices – Spring Training, Regular Season, Opening Day
- Avg. Price – MLB Spring Training Game: $44.99
- Avg. Price – MLB Regular Season Game: $70.42
- Avg. Price – Opening Day: $132.23 (most expensive: $230.44, Reds)
- Most Expensive Month during Regular Season: September (avg. ticket $87) in which more key Division series are played leading into the Playoffs
- The avg. price to an Opening Day game is almost double that of another Regular Season game. Opening Day is the first of 162 regular season games and is often celebrated by minor league, college, high school and little league teams. It is considered an unofficial Holiday by Baseball fans. Did you know the Cincinnati Reds are the only team who always open the season with a home game (aside from 1990)?
|MLB Tickets||Spring Training||Regular Season||Opening Day|
|Boston Red Sox||$83.46||$119.53||N/A|
|Chicago White Sox||$38.54||$76.49||$117.65|
|Kansas City Royals||$29.89||$46.19||N/A|
|Los Angeles Angels||$55.64||$87.64||N/A|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$47.83||$70.25||$131.99|
|New York Mets||$37.56||$86.13||$201.64|
|New York Yankees||$47.41||$66.44||$185.01|
|San Diego Padres||$38.93||$71.21||N/A|
|San Francisco Giants||$62.36||$111.55||N/A|
|St Louis Cardinals||$49.26||$58.94||N/A|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$48.60||$70.41||N/A|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$39.91||$83.26||N/A|
MLB Tickets – Top Interleague Matchups
As a result of the Houston Astros joining the American League in 2013, each league will now have an equal 15 teams and each team will now play 20 interleague games throughout the season. That means there will be an interleague game just about every day during the season. The week featuring Interleague Play’s prime rivals will begin on May 27, with the host clubs in the same matchups shifting on May 29. Below we take a look at our favorite interleague matchups this year. To note, none of our Top 5 Series (highest priced games) listed in the above infographic were interleague matchups.
For the first time ever, teams will play interleague games on opening day.
The Dodgers will return to Yankee Stadium for the first time since leaving Brooklyn.
Subway Series. The Mets will play four games against the Yankees instead of the usual six. Interleague Play’s prime rival matchup.
Interleague Play’s prime rival matchup. Phillies and Red Sox have strong interleague rivalry: A fan’s take.
The Windy City Showdown. Interleague Play’s prime rival matchup.
When the schedule was released, this matchup was deemed a favorite – Marlins Manager, Ozzie Guillen was supposed to return to Chicago to face the White Sox for the first time. Now prices for this matchup are just above the League average.
MLB World Series Favorites
Early in the off-season, the Detroit Tigers were favorites to win the 2013 World Series. However, other teams later made big moves for new acquisitions and soon the Toronto Blue Jays were the odds-on favorite to win the World Series in 2013; this according to online sportsbook Bovada.