It’s getting a little crowded at the top of the American League Wild Card standings, as the New York Yankees are realizing their lead isn’t as comfortable as it was just a couple of weeks ago.
A 4.5-game lead for the top American League Wild Card spot has been reduced in the past two weeks, as the Yankees are currently just 3.5 games up on the Houston Astros, who were just recently passed in the standings by the surprising Texas Rangers for first-place in the American League West division. Behind the Astros—outside of the playoff cut-line—is the Minnesota Twins by 1.5 games, followed by the Los Angeles Angels, who trail by 3.5 games.
The Yankees are not out of the division race just yet, being back of the Toronto Blue Jays by three games with a three-game set in Toronto next week. With 17 games remaining, below is a look into some of the marquee games left on the schedule in terms of secondary market ticket prices for Yankees games, according to RazorGator.com.
9/18/2015 | New York Mets vs. New York Yankees | Citi Field | Average Price: $257.26 | Get-in Price: $78
9/19/2015 | New York Mets vs. New York Yankees | Citi Field | Average Price: $324.14 | Get-in Price: $110 | Thunderstick Giveaway
9/20/2015 | New York Mets vs. New York Yankees | Citi Field | Average Price: $198.60 | Get-in Price: $68 | Matt Harvey Fathead Giveaway
9/21—23/2015 | Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees | Rogers Centre | Average Price: $203.54 (Three Games)
9/28—10/1/2015 | New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox | Yankees Stadium | Average Price: $90.60 (Four Games)
The most expensive Yankees tickets on the secondary market are for the Subway Series against the Mets, who are most certainly headed to the postseason. This version of the Subway Series may be the most important one to be played in the past decade, with playoff chances being affected for both teams. The most expensive of the three games is on September 19, which features an average ticket price of $324.14 and a get-in price of $78.
The most important series in terms of playoff positioning comes against the Toronto Blue Jays from September 21-23. The average ticket price of the three games together is $203.54, with the most expensive of the three coming on September 22. That contest carries an average price of $216.57 and a get-in price of $24.
Just as important will be New York’s last home series—and the second-to-last series of the regular season—when they battle the arch nemesis Boston Red Sox. With a possible playoff spot hanging in the balance, the two rivals will meet at Yankees Stadium for a four-game series, as the Red Sox would love nothing more than to knock the Yankees out of contention while they’re mired in their own disappointing season. Boston has played better in recent weeks despite their current standing in the AL East basement and will get their crack at the Bronx Bombers in the season’s final week. This series arguably contains the best value of any left on the Yankees’ 2015 schedule.