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2013 MLB Playoff Picture

Pittsburgh Pirates playoff chances

Are the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates for real or will they fade down the stretch?

Now that the 2013 MLB All Star game is complete, many teams have decided to throw up the white flag and “wait til next year”.  Others are gearing up and looking to acquire a few pieces of the puzzle for a playoff push.  The best indication of where you team fits on the above spectrum is to see who is buying and who is selling come the MLB trade deadline on July 31st.  Although MLB baseball tickets are not necessarily a big seller on the secondary ticket market, knowing which teams tickets will be in demand come time to chase the pennant can reap huge rewards.  With that in mind we decided to breakdown the 2013 MLB playoff picture.

American League

The American League is filled with tight races in each of the 3 divisions.  In the American League East, The Boston Red Sox currently have a 1.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.  However, the AL East is far from a two pony show as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees are also both within striking distance (not to mention in wildcard contention).  The only team seemingly out of it is the Toronto Blue Jays – currently 12.5 games out (9 games in the wildcard).

In the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are in a heated race.  The Tigers are currently ahead by 1.5 games but a lot of things can change depending on what happens at the trade deadline.  The rest of the AL Central including the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox are pretty much out of it and are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline.

In the American League West, there is also apparently a 2 team race for the division crown.  The pesky Oakland A’s currently have a 2 game advantage over the Texas Rangers.  However, the Texas Rangers are expected to be big players in the trade deadline frenzy.  Rumor has it that they are close to landing Chicago Cubs ace Matt Garza.  The rest of the west, including the Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros are out of it and will likely be gutted for prospects.

Still in it, to win it:  Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers.

Count them out:  Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim Angels, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros.

National League

The National League playoff picture isn’t quite as complicated as it is in the American League.  The National League East is already seemingly locked up by the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves currently have a 6.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.  While 6.5 games is far from insurmountable, the Phillies nor the Nationals are not likely to add any significant pieces to make a playoff push. In fact, the Phils may actually be sellers.

In the NL Central we actually have a really interesting pennant race.  The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates thus far have been the 2 best teams in the MLB.  The Cardinals have a slim 2.5 game lead but the young, upstart pirates show no signs of fading down the stretch.  The Cincinnati Reds are also a strong team sitting 13 games above .500 but are 4.5 games back.  The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, however, are done and will be unloading talent and salaries before the trade deadline.

Lastly, in the weak NL West the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angles Dodgers and perhaps the Colorado Rockies are still deciding who deserves a change to lose in the first round this post season.  The Dodgers are just 1.5 games behind the Dbacks and are likely the only team willing to add payroll and talent.  The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres are certainly on the wait till next year path.

Still in it, to win it:  Atlanta Braves, St, Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies

Count them out:  Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres

NCAA Tournament Tickets in Demand – Tickifieds Top 10

IndianaHoosiersNCAATournamentAs expected, the NCAA Tournament is in the spotlight again this week.  After an exciting first few rounds of the tournament, we are down to the final 16 teams spread out across each of the 4 regions.    The East Region consists of Marquette, Miami, Syracuse and Indiana.  The Midwest contains Michigan State, Duke, Louisville and Oregon.  Michigan, Kansas, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast make up the South Region.  Lastly, the West will feature Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State and La Salle.

Although there are lots of unexpected teams (see Oregon, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, La Salle, etc.), the Big 10 has lived up to expectations placing four teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  I can’t imagine anyone out their still with a perfect bracket!

Top Events Week 11 (3/19/2013 to 3/26/2013)

1.  NCAA Tournament

The 2013 NCAA Tournament field is down to the “Sweet Sixteen” and is headed for regional action.  As such, ticket demand is extremely strong for the Midwest, East, South, and West Regionals.

2. One Direction

Despite the fact that the NCAA tournament has outshined them the past two weeks, demand for One Direction tickets has not slowed one bit. Fans are still eagerly looking for the best deals on several of the rapidly approaching 2013 shows.  Hot concerts this week include Los Angeles, Tinley Park and Hershey.

3.  CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is being hosted by the United States this year much to the delight of soccer fans.  Popular matches include USA vs Costa Rica, Panama vs Canada, USA vs Belize, and the Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field in Chicago.

4.  Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is always a popular summer concert as Parrotheads are strong supporters year after year.  This year Jimmy will also be playing a few special shows with Jackson Browne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco and Comerica Park in Detroit.

5.  Kenny Chesney

Country music’s version of Jimmy Buffett has also been popular this week.  Top shows include Angel Stadium, Columbia South Carolina and Target Field with the Zac Brown Band.

6.  Milwaukee Summerfest

Interest in the world’s largest music festival is gaining steam as more and more performers are starting to leak out.  Already confirmed for 2013 are Fun (with Tegan and Sara), Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Jason Aldean, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Tim McGraw, Rush and the Vans Warped Tour.  Get more details at 2013 Milwakee Summerfest Schedule.

7.  Chicago Cubs

The Cubs might still be a few years away from contending for a World Series title but that has not stopped fans from gobbling up tickets.   Cubs home opener tickets are drawing the most interest with games against the White Sox coming in a close second.

8.  Milwaukee Brewers

The team that plays at Wrigley Field North is also generating a fair amount of fan interest. That said, the most popular Brewers games appear to against the Chicago Cubs.

9.  Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s 2013 Tour is still going strong especially for concerts at the intimate indoor venues happening this spring.  Popular shows include Omaha, San Jose and Kansas City.

10.  Detroit Tigers

The City of Detroit may be a vacant wasteland but at least they have the Detroit Tigers going for them.  Demand should remain strong as the Tigers are expected to contend for a World Series title again this year.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

2012 World Series Schedule

Giants World Series Tickets

The Giants came back from a 1-3 deficit in the NL Championship Series to beat the St. Louis Cardinals and advance to the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

Well, in case you were watching the final presidential debate or Monday Night Football, the San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 last night to earn a trip to the 2012 World Series.  The Giants will take on the Detroit Tigers and will have home field advantage as the MLB All-star was won by the National League.  Game 1 of the World Series will take place on Wednesday October 24th in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.  The pitching matchup will feature Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander and the Giants Barry Zito.  See below for the full 2012 World Series schedule…

2012 World Series Schedule

Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants

Date Time (ET) Site
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:07 p.m. ATT Park
Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:07 p.m. ATT Park
Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:07 p.m. Comerica Park
Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:15 p.m. Comerica Park
Monday, October 29, 2012 8:07 p.m. Comerica Park
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 8:07 p.m. ATT Park
Thursday, November 1, 2012 8:07 p.m. ATT Park

One Direction Holds Off College Football – Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches

Tigers World Series Tickets

The Tigers swept the New York Yankees and are headed to the 2012 World Series.

Another week is in the books and One Direction is still the most searched for event on Tickifieds.com.  Although several sports teams are trending and bringing in a lot of traffic, they are still nowhere close to challenging the latest boy band sensation.  Not surprising, this week we have a heavy does of college football and MLB baseball along with a smattering of special concert events.  The L.A. Lakers also make the list as the first NBA team on the season.

 Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches

1.  One Direction

It’s starting to look like the Lady Gaga surge was just an anomoly…1D continues it dominances and it’s not even close!

2.  Texas A&M Football

The 18th ranked Aggies are making a good 1st impression in the SEC.  They have a HUGE game against the #6 LSU Tigers this weekend!

3.  Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Even though the Buckeyes aren’t bowl eligible, fans are still excited to see them sitting at #7 in the nation.

4.  Los Angeles Lakers

The Laker faithful are feeling rejuvenated following the off-season acquisition of Dwight Howard.  With the start of NBA preseason action ticket interest is starting to build…

5. Jingle Ball

Details of the annual Jingle Ball shows are starting to be released.  High on the list is KIIS FM’s 2 night event which features Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, The Wonder Girls, and Akon  on Night 1 and Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Flo Rida, The Wanted, special FUN., AfroJack, Owl City, Zedd and Psy on Night 2.

6. Detroit Tigers World Series

The Detroit Tigers swept the New York Yankees and are heading to the 2012 World Series.  Fans are awaiting their opponent but it is looking more and more like the St. Louis Cardinals!

7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football

Notre Dame is sitting at #5 in the nation and is looking like a legit BCS Championship contender.  Irish fans are starting to get excited!

8.  Houston and Austin Rodeo

Performers for the 2013 Houston Rodeo and Austin Rodeo are beginning to be leaked causing ticket interest to pique.  So far the only official performers announced have been George Strait, Martine McBride, and randy Rogers.

9.  Justin Bieber

The Biebs is showing some signs of life following his appearance on the X-Factor.  With his tour just getting started expect JB to be a staple on the top 10 list.

10. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are 1 win away from going to the World Series ….. again!  As a Cub fan this is getting a little ridiculous!

2012 ALCS and NLCS Schedule Set

St Louis Cardinals NLCS

The St. Louis Cardinals did it again and will face the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 NLCS.

The St. Louis Cardinals did it again.  Heading into the ninth inning down by a score of 7-5, the Cardinals rallied for 4 runs to knock off the Washington Nationals and advance to the 2012 NLCS against the SF Giants.  The Cardinals, who weren’t expected to be a playoff team following the departure of Albert Puljols, continue to find ways to win.  As a Chicago Cubs fan I find it hard to swallow that the Cardinals can continue to find guys like Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma to come through in the clutch and get the job done.  I can hate the Cardinals but it hard not to look at the Cardinals as a model of sustained success.  That said, Go Giants!

In the American League, Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers knocked out the Oakland A’s with a dominant Game 5 performance.  Verlander was a beast throwing a complete game giving up only 4 hits and striking out 11.  The Tigers will face the New York Yankees in the 2012 ALCS.  The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles in Game 5 of the ALDS behind a stellar performance by CC Sabathia.  CC also threw a complete game 4 hitter but ended up giving up a run.  The Yankees will host game 1 tonight (Saturday 10/13/2012).

2012 ALCS Schedule

Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees
Date Time (ET) Site
Sat. October 13 8:07 p.m. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Sun. October 14 4:07 p.m. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Tues. October 16 8:07 p.m. Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Wed. October 17 8:07 p.m. Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Thu. October 18 4:07 p.m. Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Sat. October 20 8:07 p.m. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Sun. October 21 8:15 p.m. Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

2012 NLCS Schedule

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
Date Time (ET) Site
Sun. October 14 8:15 p.m. ATT Park, San Francisco, CA
Mon. October 15 8:07 p.m. ATT Park, San Francisco, CA
Wed. October 17 4:07 p.m. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Thu. October 18 8:07 p.m. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Fri. October 19 8:07 p.m. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Sun. October 21 4:45 p.m. ATT Park, San Francisco, CA
Mon. October 22 8:07 p.m. ATT Park, San Francisco, CA