Post-Jeter Yankees Will Take The Field In Two Months For Opening Day vs. Toronto

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There’s no question that Opening Day is one of the best annual traditions in all of professional sports, and that time of the year is rapidly approaching for the 2015 baseball season. There’s a lot of intriguing matchups out there to kick off the regular season, but amongst the highest on that list is a battle between two AL East rivals, the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, which will open up the Yankee Stadium slate for the upcoming season.

According to Razorgator, when these organizations get together for the first game of the year at Yankee Stadium, the average ticket price is said to be $262, which isn’t all too bad compared to other Yankee Stadium openers over the years. The get-in price for Yankees tickets vs. Toronto is around just $76, which is a relatively modest amount given the usual prices of prestigious games at the Yankees’ home venue.

Both organizations missed the playoffs in 2014, although it was largely for the same reason, injuries. The Blue Jays, for instance, held a first place lead in the division throughout much of the summer months before succumbing to injuries, including a significant one to MVP candidate Edwin Encarnacion and as a result the Blue Jays faded out of the picture before season’s end extending the longest playoff drought in baseball to 21 seasons.

The Yankees meanwhile find themselves in a very unfamiliar position coming off missed postseason appearances in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the mid-90s. However the main reason for this has much to do with the mounting injuries they dealt with that would wreck any club, the Yankees still labored to a respectable 84-78 record, while hanging around in playoff contention for the entire campaign.

That being said, this is a pretty important opening series for both clubs, in what could be an early telling sign for the Yankees and Blue Jays how the beginning of their season will turn out. New York surprisingly didn’t really make any major upgrades in the offseason, but perhaps didn’t need to because of all the injured players they’re getting back, making them a team that should certainly be included in the conversation when analyzing the favorites from the American League. As for Toronto, they’re absolutely a contender as well despite the little offseason activity they participated in, getting their own hurt players back, hoping to make a push similar to last year before it quelled due to injury.

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Phillies Opening Day game vs. Boston Red Sox Surprisingly Affordable

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The Philadelphia Phillies are entering the 2015 season in a little bit of a rebuilding phase, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the potential to surprise people and make some noise in the always-competitive NL East division. They’ll be especially hungry after posting back-to-back 89-loss seasons in each of the past two years, their highest losing total since 2000.

Philly opens up their 2015 home slate on April 6 against the Boston Red Sox, with Phillies tickets surprisingly inexpensive, according to Razorgator. Relative to other home openers for their fellow National League teams, Philadelphia’s average ticket price is pretty low at $161, with the get-in for the home opener being just $35, which is amongst the lowest out of any organization.

While the Phillies have seen their veteran roster endure more subtraction than addition, this is still a group that has potential to contend for a .500 record, if not more. For instance, the starting pitching staff they’ll be entering 2015 with looks like it can go head-to-head with just about all other rotations, still led by talented ace Cole Hamels. As long as he remains healthy, there’s no reason for the veteran left-hander not to have one of his usual outstanding campaigns. Health is certainly the key for Cliff Lee, who endured an array of injuries a year ago, but looks like he’ll be entering the upcoming campaign with no limitations. If he can avoid any further injuries, the Phillies have themselves a very good 1-2 punch within their starting pitching.

Beyond them, there’s hope that lies within the rest of the rotation, especially if free agent signee Chad Billingsley returns to old form after missing most of the past two years thanks to Tommy John surgery. David Buchanan is a youngster who exhibited potential in his rookie showing last season, while Aaron Harang is a veteran who proved he can still pitch during his tenure in Atlanta.

Philadelphia’s lineup definitely underwent some considerable renovations, no longer boasting the presence of Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd. However, there are still some significant pieces here capable of leading an offense, such as longtime Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Slugger Ryan Howard has registered some of the best power seasons in the history of the franchise, and while he’s fallen off in recent years, a renaissance year is always possible. Also having speedy Ben Revere, power-hitting Domonic Brown, and veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies’ offense still has potential to strike on any given day, although overall consistency may be an issue if these guys don’t perform at their normal pace.

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Red Sox-Nationals a Possible World Series Matchup and Hot Ticket at Fenway

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After winning the World Series in 2013, the Red Sox unexpectedly stumbled a season ago, thanks in large part to injuries and inconsistency. As a result, they wound up an unpleasant 71-91 for the campaign, and finished in last place in the competitive AL East for the second time in three years, a feat they had not accomplished since the early-90s.

With a little reshuffling and a few major offseason additions, however, Boston appears poised to return to their usual success, with 2015 nearing its long-awaited starting point. The Red Sox hauled in two of the biggest free agent prizes any team could get, nabbing shortstop Hanley Ramirez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was a hero from last year’s World Series for the Giants. Those two, combined with the likes of mainstays David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, will help propel what should be a pretty intimidating offense.

Boston also went out an acquired some help for its starting pitching, garnering Rick Porcello and Wade Miley through separate trades, and signed free agent Justin Masterson. While the rotation will have some question marks going into the season, this is still a group overall that potentially has a high ceiling, and with an offense expected to produce considerably, there’s a lot of optimism surrounding the Red Sox entering the upcoming slate.

As a result, Red Sox tickets for the home opener at storied Fenway Park against the Washington Nationals are such a hot and desired item. In fact, according to Razorgator, the average price for the first game has settled in around $239, with the get-in price being as high as $89. It shouldn’t be much of a shock, though, given the prestige of the Red Sox franchise and the title hopes that potentially await them.

Plus, the matchup is a very enticing one, as they open up against a team that is actually considered one of the strong favorites to win the National League pennant. The Nationals arguably have the best rotation in all of baseball after signing former Tiger Max Scherzer, who joins Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, and Gio Gonzalez to comprise one of the more dangerous pitching staffs we’ve seen in years. Still also having Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, and Jayson Werth on offense, there’s certainly enough firepower as well to compete with most offenses. Tickets will continue to be sought after at a high rate as this battle of behemoths kicks off what should be a very exciting 2015 for both clubs.

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Defending Champion SF Giants Seeing High Ticket Prices for Home Opener in April

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We’re getting closer and closer to April, and with that signals the arrival of what should be another tremendous baseball season. For the San Francisco Giants, that means once again — for the third time in five years, to be exact — opening up the season as Major League Baseball’s defending champions.

Their title defense will begin against the Colorado Rockies in their home opener on April 13. According to Razorgator, San Francisco Giants tickets are already seeing the average ticket price at approximately $234 for this game. Furthermore, Razorgator details the average get-in price being $116.

Wisely, the Giants kept much of last year’s championship roster intact, hosting the same core of dynamic players that has led them to so much success in recent years. In the lineup, there is still the likes of Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, and emerging star Joe Panik, who really was making a name for himself the last few months of the year in his rookie campaign. The offense should also get a boost from its returning sparkplug Angel Pagan, who is coming off a season-ending injury last September. He’s back and should be ready to go by Opening Day.

San Francisco’s starting pitching was arguably its overriding driving force, led by World Series MVP and perennial NL Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner, who enters his seventh season in the big leagues. After Mad Bum, the Giants still have the same cast of starters they possessed last year, and may get an extra boost if Matt Cain is able to return healthy. Plus, Yusmeiro Petit could be a candidate to eventually start as well. In addition, the Giants still have their rock-solid bullpen.

The Rockies, meanwhile, are looking to get back on track after four consecutive losing seasons. They’ve definitely shown flashes of potential, as they’ve raced out of the gate in each of the past two seasons, but ultimately, it was injuries that did them in, losing their two franchise players Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki for a significant amount of time. Both figure to be healthy once Opening Day rolls around, and featuring their other ammunition in the lineup like Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario, this is a club that never has had any issues hitting.

Pitching is another story, with the Rockies’ starting rotation being decimated by injuries a year ago. When fully healthy, it’s not the most encouraging bunch, but there are some promising youngsters on the staff like Jordan Lyles, Tyler Matzek, David Hale, and Tyler Chatwood, although the latter is set to miss most of the 2015 season while coming back from Tommy John surgery. However, as long as they can stay relatively healthy overall, the Rockies definitely have potential to surprise people, which makes for an intriguing opening series in the NL West to kick off 2015.

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With Opening Day Two Months Away, Baltimore Orioles look to take next step to World Series in 2015

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The Baltimore Orioles have made serious strides in recent years — after a stretch that saw them post 14 consecutive losing seasons prior to 2012 — and are now coming off a campaign that saw them reach the postseason for the second time in three years. This time around, however, they narrowly missed out on representing the American League in the World Series, after anticlimactically getting swept in the ALCS by the Royals.

Now, they’ll enter 2015 looking to finally take that next step forward and reach the World Series for the first time since 1983. Their newest quest begins by opening up the season against their AL East rival, the Toronto Blue Jays, with Baltimore Orioles tickets for the first encounter averaging around $338 on Razorgator.com, which goes to show how far Oriole baseball has come over the past several years since Buck Showalter took over as manager. The get-in price is set at $181.

Baltimore’s Opening Day roster looks like it’ll feature most of the same faces as the group that closed out last season, which is probably for the better, given how close they came to making it all the way. It’s also smart because the roster they fell with was also missing some key players that were out with lengthy injuries, who will now be back at the start of the season. One, Manny Machado, looks like he can be the cornerstone of the franchise for a long time, having already shown all the tools to accomplish this. Another, Matt Wieters, also missed a lot of time last year but will be back and ready to reassume his role as the franchise catcher. Combined with stalwarts Adam Jones and Chris Davis, this is still an offense that can slug.

The Orioles’ pitching also appears to be in pretty good shape, consisting of the same starters as last year. It was a pretty good group that managed to stay healthy, comprised of consistent starters who were able to eat up quality innings on a regular basis. Bud Norris, in particular, might have the highest ceiling of the bunch, as he sets for his third year with the club, while Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, and Wei-Yin Chen can also be effective.

The rival they’ll be facing to start 2015, the Blue Jays, also endured notable injuries that may have derailed them from much further success, especially since it was Toronto who had a first place lead in the division throughout the summer months last year. They still possess one of the more potent lineups in all of baseball, anchored by the powerful presence of Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, with talented speedy shortstop Jose Reyes leading things off. Their pitching is similar to Baltimore’s, too, with not many big names, but certainly guys that have high ceilings, like R.A. Dickey and Marcus Stroman. It should make for an intriguing opening series that could foreshadow what’s to unfold during the ’15 campaign.

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Super Bowl XLIX: Your Fearless Forecast

For the fourth consecutive year, your Fearless (and as usual, some might say feckless) Forecaster is back, with his prediction for the latest edition of the NFL’s Big Game, No. 49 in the series to be exact.  After a losing pick last year in a blowout, your Forecaster might be excused if he didn’t come back; but he has a reputation (two wins against one loss) to uphold.  So, without further ado, your winner of Big Game No. 49 is:

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Blackhawks Ticket Prices Below Season Average For Upcoming Road Trip

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The 30-15-2 Chicago Blackhawks are looking to start the second half of the season on a high note. The ‘Hawks will be traveling away from the United Center for their next six games due to Frozen on Ice taking over the arena. Four of those games will be played this week.

Forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will look to continue their dominance, as Kane ranks third among all players with 51 points. The team will look to improve on the power play, as they are in the top-5 in every major team category except for, oddly, when they have the man advantage. According to Razorgator, tickets are going for lower than average this week, as the average ticket price for the week is $158.85. These numbers are well below the average price for Blackhawks tickets for the second half of the season, which is $228.54.

01/28/15 @ Los Angeles Kings | Average Price: $175.46 | Get-in Price: $62.00

The ‘Hawks travel to the Staples Center to take on the Kings in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals. These two teams have met already this season, in a game that turned out to be a 4-1 blowout in favor of Chicago. Chicago may be able to get their power play back on track, as the Kings rank 25th in the NHL in killing penalties. However, the Kings have been famous for playing their best hockey in the second half of season (and postseason). The average price for this game is $175.46 on the secondary market, but tickets are going for as low as $62.00.

01/30/15 @ Anaheim Ducks | Average Price: $170.26 | Get-in Price: $50.00

The Blackhawks don’t have to travel very far to face their next opponent, but they will be in for an extremely tough matchup. It’s looking like the Anaheim Ducks could potentially meet the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals. The Ducks are the top seed in the West currently, and hold a six-point lead over the Blackhawks. Goaltender Frederik Andersen is second in the NHL in wins with 26, and center Ryan Getzlaf is seventh in the NHL with 50 points. Fans will be able to see this top-tier matchup at a good price. The average ticket price for this game is $170.26. You can get into this matchup for just $50.00. However, prices have increased by 9% in the past seven days, so now is the time to purchase these tickets.

01/31/15 @ San Jose Sharks | Average Price: $132.51 | Get-in Price: $55.00

Next, the team will travel upstate to San Jose to take on the Sharks. This will be the cheapest game of the week, as tickets are going for an average price of $132.51. With a get-in price of $55.00, this is a great value to see a potential playoff preview. The Sharks are second in the Pacific division, and are the eight-best power play team in the NHL. Center Joe Pavelski is out to prove that he is still a force, as he has netted 42 points so far this season. This team also features NHL vet and future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton. The Blackhawks will have to keep up to their usual tricks on the penalty kill, as they are the best penalty killing team in the NHL.

02/03/15 @ Minnesota Wild | Average Price: $175.69 | Get-in Price: $72.00

As the calendar turns to February, things will really be in full swing in the second half. The Blackhawks will square off against the Minnesota Wild in a matchup of central division opponents. The Wild have been trending downward as of late, having lost eight of their last 11 matchups. The Blackhawks have already beaten the Wild three times this season. This is one of the most expensive games of the week as these two division rivals square off. The average price for Wild vs. Blackhawks tickets is $175.69. With a get-in price of $72.00, this game features the most expensive minimum price of the week.

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Final Four Tickets Already Commanding High Prices

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March Madness is on the way, and it’s never too early to start planning to see your favorite college basketball team compete in the Big Dance. Already halfway through conference games, the contenders are starting to cement their status for the tournament.

Of course, the popular favorite to win it all this year is the #1 Kentucky Wildcats. Led by the sophomore Harrison twins and talented freshman Devin Booker (10.4 points per game), the Wildcats haven’t lost a game, and they are primed to make a run at returning to the Final Four in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The also-undefeated #2 University of Virginia Cavaliers may not receive the attention the Wildcats command, but they will look to challenge for the Final Four. Justin Anderson, Malcolm Brogdon, and Anthony Gill makeup a solid trio of scorers for the Cavaliers, as they attempt to win the ACC and conference tournament for only the third time in team history. Capturing a number one seed could potentially get the Cavaliers back to the Final Four for the first time since 1984.

Final Four tickets for an All-Sessions Pass cost an average of $2,243.08, which is up 35% since last week. These tickets are for the diehard fans that feel their team is destined to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament. For the less serious fans, the get-in price for the All-Sessions Pass currently sits at $300.00. Moreover, for those fans that just want to attend the semi-finals, the average price for those tickets is $1,669.52, which is 14% more than it was a week ago. Also, the get-in price at the gate for the semi-finals is $227.00.

Although #1 Kentucky and #2 UVA are expected to waltz into the tournament, there are several other programs ready to make some noise. A Duke Blue Devils team coached by Mike Krzyzewski is always expecting to win the Big Dance. Coach Roy Williams and Marcus Paige are giving the North Carolina faithful reason to believe in a run with wins over Ohio State and Louisville. Furthermore, there’s always going to be a “Cinderella” team that shocks the world.

Last year, the Final Four was defined by the impressive runs of #7 seed Connecticut and #8 seed Kentucky. Kentucky triumphed over the #2 seed Wisconsin with a last second victory, whereas UConn handily beat the #1 seed Florida by 10 points. The two teams met in the Championship Game and UConn prevailed and were crowned as champions in 2014.

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AL Central Champion Tigers Tickets Still Hot Even After Scherzer Loss via Free Agency

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The new look Detroit Tigers will have there work cut out for them enter the 2015 MLB season.  Last year’s stellar regular season crusade was overshadowed by an abrupt early exist from the 2014 postseason, at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles, who swept the Tigers 3-0 in the American League Division Series.  Detroit had high expectation heading into last postseason, finishing the regular season with a record of 90-72, as the American League Central Division winners.  The Tigers were defined by an outstanding offensive display, finishing the regular season with the highest batting average in all of the MLB.  This .277 combined team batting average was coupled by another standout statistic as they scored a total of 757 runs, which ranked them as the 2nd highest scoring team in the league.

To have another strong year, the Tigers will need be among the prolific offenses once again this season as they prepare for life after losing pitcher Max Scherzer to the Washington Nationals through free agency.  The offensive firepower of the Tigers is reflected in the ticket prices headed into this season.  Detroit Tigers tickets on the secondary market for home games currently average $271.41.  However, Tiger’s fans can rest assured knowing that tickets not all home games will be this expensive.

The Tigers home opener this season will be on Monday, April 6th against American League Central Division rivals the Minnesota Twins.  Last season the teams played a total of 21 times with the Tigers going 9-11 overall, recording five wins and five losses in the 10 meetings at Comerica Park.  Tigers vs. Twins tickets are currently available on the secondary market at an average price of $225.32.  For fans contemplating attending, lower priced tickets can be found as this match-up features a get-in ticket price of $136.00.  Tickets have trended down just 2% in the past week.

Fans can rejoice knowing that not all early season home games will cost big bucks. The third and final meeting of the Tigers first home stand against the Twins will feature the season’s least expensively priced home game.   Manager Brad Ausmus and the Tigers will look to close out the trio of games when they square off on Thursday April 9th.  Tigers vs. Twins tickets are currently available at an appetizing average price of $36.  Less expensively priced tickets can also purchased, as the current get-in price stands at $5.

Second basemen Ian Kinsler was a main part of Detroit’s success in 2014, having one of his best seasons of his career.  Kinsler will aim to continue this when the Tigers take on his ex-team the Texas Rangers on Sunday August 23rd.  This, the conclusion of a four game home stand, will be the fourth of seven meeting between the American League opponents.  Last season, the Tigers went 4-3 against the Rangers, winning all three games played at home.  Tigers vs. Rangers tickets are currently available at an average price of $451.04.  With a get-in ticket price of $17, this will be the last chance Tigers fans have to see them at on the Rangers at Comerica Park.

In addition to losing Max Scherzer, Detroit will need to fill another starting pitching void.  Acquiring outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to replace center fielder Torii Hunter cost them 26-year-old right-hander Rick Porcello.  The Tigers will call on Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene to replace the pitching duo.  Pitching was the weak spot of Detroit last season, as the offense carried a pitching staff that sported an ERA of 4.01. Returning with major offensive contributors such as designated hitter Victor Martinez and first basemen Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers will need the duo to once again step up in order to challenge for their fifth consecutive division title.

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Winning Streak and Star Power Push Defending Champion Spurs Tickets Up This Week

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The San Antonio Spurs have gotten off to an impressive start this season and their tickets on Razorgator has stayed strong accordingly. Spurs tickets against the LA Lakers at the AT&T Center have the sixth-highest average price in the NBA this week. Currently sitting 4th of the Southwest Division (but just 3.5 games out), the Spurs boast a record of 26-16 while riding a three game win streak.  This season has been defined by defense as they rank 7th in the NBA in points allowed per game, giving up only 97.6.  Rebounding has been and continues to be strength of the reigning NBA Champions, averaging 43.8 per game.

The Spurs have shown once again why they are always at the top of the league as a deep roster of veterans and playoff seasoned players has been lead by future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.  This week features two away and two home games as the Spurs aim to catch ground on the division leading Memphis Grizzlies.

1/20 @ Denver Nuggets | Avg Price: $98.86 | Get-in: $15.00

The Spurs open this week facing the struggling Denver Nuggets.  With a record of 18-23, Denver’s inability to string together consistent performances has plagued them so far this season.  Spurs vs. Nuggets tickets are available on the secondary market for an average price of $98.86.  This is the cheapest price of San Antonio’s two away games.  With a get-in price of $15.00, fans can see the current NBA champions look to stretch a three game win streak at the Pepsi Center.

1/22 @ Chicago Bulls | Avg Price: $160.38 | Get-in: $44.00

The Spurs second and final road game of this week will feature a clash with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.  The Bulls have been very impressive this season, as veteran Paul Gaul and budding star Jimmy Butler have overpowered the Eastern Conference.  Spurs vs. Bulls tickets are available on the secondary market for an average price of $160.38.  This game will be the most expensive priced away game for the Spurs this week.  With a get-in price of $44.00, this game will be defined by the ability for each team to rebound effectively as both average over 40 per game so far this season.

1/23 vs. LA Lakers | Avg Price: $196.32 | Get-in: $37

San Antonio will return home on Friday and welcome in the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers and Spurs are two teams on completely different paths.  LA has struggled greatly, allowing an unimpressive 106.7 points per game as the Hollywood club looks to rebuild this season.  Spurs vs. Lakers tickets are currently available on the secondary market at an average of $196.32.  This is the most expensive priced game the Spurs will play this week.  However, fans can enjoy a get-in price of only $37.00 for those looking to see the fading star Kobe Bryant play.

1/25 vs. Milwaukee Bucks | Avg. Price: $70.99 | Get-in: $7.00

The Spurs will end this week facing the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Bucks have had an up-and-down season, losing rookie Jabari Parker to a season ending left knee injury.  Injuries have plagued Milwaukee as point guard Kendall Marshall also suffered a season ending injury this past week.  Spurs vs. Bucks tickets are currently available on the secondary market at an average price of $70.99.  With a get-in price of $7.00, this game is the cheapest priced for the Spurs this week.  For fans looking to see the Spurs play without breaking the bank, this is a must attend game.

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