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2011 MLB Playoff Schedule Announced

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Evan Longoria's walkoff home run in the 12th inning propels the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB Playoffs

What a finish we had to the 2011 MLB regular season as the Wildcard spots in both the American League and National League came down to the final game of the season. In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in 12 innings.  Going into game #162, the Rays were tied with the Boston Red Sox for the AL wildcard.  Shortly after Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox blew a 1 run lead in the ninth and lost to the lowly Baltimore Orioles,  Evan Longoria homered in the 12th inning sending the Rays to the 2011 playoffs.  The Rays completed an unlikely comeback and caught the Boston Red Sox who had a major september swoon going just 7-19 for the month The Rays will go on to face the #2 seeded Texas Rangers while the #1 seeded New York Yankees will face the #3 seeded Detroit Tigers in the ALDS.

 

Yankees vs Tigers ALDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

ALDS Game 1 9/30: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees , 8:37 p.m. ET
Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40**) vs. C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
ALDS Game 2 10/1: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees , 8:37 p.m. ET
Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83) vs. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)
ALDS Game 3 10/3: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers, 8:37 p.m. ET
Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) vs. Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62)
ALDS Game 4 10/4: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers, Time TBD
Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.75) vs. C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
ALDS Game 5 10/6: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees, Time TBD
Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40) vs. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)

Rangers vs Rays ALDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

ALDS Game 1 9/30: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, 5:07 p.m.
Jeff Niemann (11-7, 4.06) vs. CJ Wilson (16-7, 2.94**)
ALDS Game 2 10/1: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, 7:07 p.m. ET on TNT
Scott Shields (16-12, 2.82) vs. Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95)
ALDS Game 3 10/3: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays, 5:07 p.m. ET
Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39) vs. David Price (12-13, 3.49)
ALDS Game 4 10/4: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays, Time TBD
Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95)
ALDS Game 5 10/6: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, Time TBD
Scott Shields (16-12, 2.82) vs. CJ Wilson (16-7, 2.94)

In the National League, the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals went into the final game tied for the NL Wildcard. The Cardinals demolished the Houston Astros 8-0 and awaited the outcome of the Phillies-Braves game to learn their fate.  With the Braves up 3-2 in the 9th inning, closer Greg Kimbrel walked 3 batters and blew the lead and sent the game into extra innings.  In the 13th inning, Hunter Pence came through with a two-out, game winning single.  The Cardinals completed a historic run to make the post season coming back from 10.5 games behind the Braves on August 26th.  The Cardinals will advance to play the #1 seeded Philadelphia Phillies.  The #2 seed Milwuakee Brewers will face the #3 seed Arizona Diamondbacks.

Phillies vs Cardinals NLDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

NLDS Game 1 10/1: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies, 5:07 p.m. ET
Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.39) vs. Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35**)
NLDS Game 2 10/2: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies, 8:07 p.m. ET
Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79) vs. Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40)
NLDS Game 3 10/4: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45) vs. Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79)
NLDS Game 4 10/5: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
TBD vs. Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69)
NLDS Game 5 10/7: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
TBD vs. Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35)

Brewers vs Diamondbacks NLDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

NLDS Game 1 10/1: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, 2:07 p.m. ET
Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88**) vs. Yovani Gallardo (17-10, 3.52)
NLDS Game 2 10/2: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, 4.37 p.m. ET
Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49) vs. Zach Greinke (16-6, 3.83)
NLDS Game 3 10/4: at Arizona
Shawn Marcum (13-7, 3.54) vs. Joe Saunders (12-12, 3.69)
NLDS Game 4 10/5: at Arizona
Randy Wolf (13-10, 3.69) vs. TBD
NLDS Game 5 10/7: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers
TBD vs. Yovani Gallardo (17-10, 3.52)

2011 MLB Playoff Field Nearly Set

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Outfielder Johnny Damon looks to bite the hand that once fed him as the Rays look to surpass the Boston Red Sox in the AL Wildcard race!

The 2011 Major League Baseball regular season is just about in the books with less 10 games remaining.  Typically this time of year is exciting with multiple teams chasing down division titles and wildcard berths.  However, this season’s excitement is relegated to just the American League Wildcard race as the Tampa Bay Rays are hunting the Boston Red Sox for the final spot in the post-season.  The Rays trail the Red Sox by just 1.5 games with 9 games remaining.  The Rays final 9 games will be against the New York Yankees (6 games, 3 in Tampa, 3 in New York ) and the Toronto Blue Jays (3 games in Tampa).  The Red Sox also have 9 games left and will play the Baltimore Orioles (3 in Boston, 3 in Baltimore) and will also face the rival Yankees in New York.  No matter who pulls out the Wildcard, the Yankees will certainly play a large role in who will live on to play in October and who will be sent home packing.

Although only the Detroit Tigers have clinched a division championship thus far (the American League Central), both the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are in solid control of their respective divisions.  The NY Yankees will also likely finish with the #1 seed. That means that they will face either the Tigers or Rangers if the Red Sox are able to hold onto the Wildcard.  Should the Rays surpass the Red Sox, they would end up facing the #1 seed Yanks.  Both the Tigers and Rangers are battling it out for the #2 seed and who they play will come down to the Wildcard.  If the season were to end today the Yankees (#1) would play the Rangers (#3) and the Tigers (#2) would play the Red Sox (#4) in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS).

In National League, their really isn’t a whole lot to play for.  Barring a stunning losing streak, the 1st round playoff matches are all pretty much set.  The Philadelphia Phillies have pretty much locked up the #1 seed, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks should get the #2 and #3 seeds respectively.  The Atlanta Braves are currently 3.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and should enter the playoffs as the National League Wildcard.  That means that in the Nationals League Divisional Series (NLDS), the #1 Phillies would play the #3 Arizona Diamondbacks, while the #2 Milwaukee Brewers will face the (#4) Atlanta Braves.

With plenty of major market teams in the 2011 MLB Playoffs, tickets for both the ALDS and NLDS will be in high demand.  be sure to check out our selection of MLB Playoff tickets at Tickifieds – MLB Playoff Ticket Classifieds!

Top Weekend Events July 22 – 24

Yay, the weekend is almost here!!

Is it as hot where you are as it is in the Midwest?  Ugh, it is blistering here.  On this top weekend list, I am seeing a lot of outdoor events.  Stay cool, everyone!

Well, the hot, hot, hot event of this weekend is the soccer match between England’s Manchester United and the Chicago Fire.  This particular event came up numerous times on the list.  These EU vs. America matches are sponsored in conjunction with the MLS and CAA Sports.  Manchester United is one ot the world’s most recognized clubs, winning 18 English Premier League Titles, four Carling Cups, three European Cups and an amazing 11 FA Cups.  Manchester United was also in Chicago last year, training at the Fire’s soccer-specific home (Toyota Park) then commencing on its four-stop North American Tour in 2010.

Sir Paul McCartney is another hot event, once again, this weekend.  This time he’s taking on the Tiger’s Comerica Park in Detroit.  Expect his remaining concerts in Chicago, Montreal and Cincinnati to also score big on the top weekend list for their respective weekends.

In the Pop music genre, Katy Perry and her Teenage Dreams tour is hot in Boise, ID.  There are usually too many large concerts that roll through Idaho, so I’m sure this is a big deal in their community.  Rihanna and her Loud tour finally made it to the list.  Her recent songs “S&M” and “California King Bed” are rapidly achieved top positions on the Billboard Hot 100 list.  She’s recently come under much scrutiny for her comments and recent relinking with former flame, Chris Brown, which ended disastrously.

The ladies of country and folk music have overthrown the menfolk this week.  Jennifer Nettles, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls prove that they’re just as popular in this genre as their male counterparts who have been making the top weekend list all summer long.

Even a couple rock bands are making the list.  Founded in 2009, Further is a band composed of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.  The band also includes former members of other bands including Dark Star Orchestra, RatDog, Benevoto/Russo Duo and until recently Primus.  A Perfect Circle is another Rock supergroup started in 1999.  The current line-up includes former members from Puscifer, Ashes Divide, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Devo and the Vandals.  A Perfect Circle will also be playing at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

Top Weekend Events July 22- 24

1.)    Manchester United vs. Chicago Fire, Solider Field, Chicago, IL – Saturday, July 23rd

2.)    Paul McCartney, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI  – Sunday, July 24th

3.)    Sugarland, California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles,  CA  – Friday, July 22nd

4.)    Further, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Sunday, July 24th

5.)    Rihanna, Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, July 23rd

6.)    San Diego Padres vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA – Saturday, July 23rd

7.)    Katy Perry, Taco bell Arena, Boise, ID – Saturday, July 23rd

8.)    Indigo Girls, Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA – Sunday, July 24th

9.)    Lady Antebellum, Great Jones Country Fair, Monticello, IA – Friday, July 22nd

10.) A Perfect Circle, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX – Friday, July 22nd

MLB Ticket Resell Market Picking Up

The Ticket resale market is picking up as all six divisions race for the MLB Pennant.  Currently, there is only one team, the Philadelphia Phillies, who have a lead bigger than three games.  The Phillies lead the Atlanta Braves by three and half games in the National League East.  In the American League, every division leader has a lead of one game or less.  The Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates who are just one game behind the division leaders.  In sum, 17 of the 30 MLB teams are within six and a half games of first place.  Very exciting!

These close races mean that the ticket resale market is getting hotter.  This is a welcome change as the MLB ticket resale market was fairly sluggish previously this year.  10 teams’ resale tickets are selling at a higher price this year than last year, and only 5 of those teams are in the running for the pennant.  The San Francisco Giants are one of those teams.  The Giants entered the All-Star Break with a three game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.  The reigning World Series Champions had a resell price hike of just under 45% from the previous year, the biggest gain this year.

The second place title goes to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who came into the Break with just one game shy of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.  The Angels resell market tickets price has a 41.38% hike from last year.

Other teams that are still in contention for the pennant that had a nice price hike recently include the Rangers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cardinals.

Hot tickets for teams that are no longer in contention for the pennant include the Florida Marlins who have had the biggest boost on the resale market among those who are no longer in the running.

The Phillies and the Red Sox have the longest sell streaks in baseball, so their ticket prices have held steady.  That shouldn’t be surprising.  Their tickets are always popular on the resale market.

Some teams, while they still in the playoff race, their ticket prices are dropping fairly significantly.  Those teams include the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox.  I would expect the Yankees tickets to be hot now that Derek Jeter surpassed the 3,000-hit mark.

The team with the worst drop in the resale market should not come of surprise, the New York Mets.  Their association with Bernie Madoff certainly has damaged the public opinion of the team.

Top Weekend Events – July 1st – 4th

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipWell, it’s Wednesday again.  This is the big 4th of July weekend and people for sure want to get out and see some baseball!  They have a number of excellent games to go see.

While baseball games, particularly on the 4th, are reigning supreme on the list, some other “manly” events are of note.  Taking top placement of events going on this weekend is the mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Vegas.  Originally, the event was set to be a rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, but, given the nature of the sport, both competitors had to bow out due to injuries.    This started a whole ripple of injuries replacements from the event, including Evan Dunham, Jason Miller, and Cub Swanson.  The main event, Bantamweight Championship is between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.  UFC 132 will broadcast it’s two preliminary fights live on Spike TV and the remaining fights will be streamed on Facebook.  How’s that for using social media?

The Coke Zero 400 Race is a 160 lap, 400 mile NASCAR Sprint Series stock car race at the Daytona International Speedway.  This particular race has been around since 1959 and usually held around 4th of July, and has held other names such as the Firecracker 250, Firecracker 400, Pepsi Firecracker 400 and Pepsi 400.  This year’s event will again be televised on TNT.

As for your top weekend concerts, the men of country seem to hold their fan’s attention.  Toby Keith will be playing at the Henry Maier Festival Park at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI.  Mr. Keith with special guest Eric Church are the headliners for the day, but other notable (free with admission!) acts include; Girl Talk, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Anberlin, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus an Taj Mahal.  Kenny Chesney is the other man of the weekend with his show in Pittsburgh.  There’s something about country music, fireworks, a cold beer and celebrating the 4th, isn’t there?

So, all in all, people are looking for good old fashioned events that remind folks about our American pastimes; music, baseball and having a good time.

Top Events – 4th of July Weekend

1.)   UFC 132 Cruz vs. Faber, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, July 2nd

2.)   Mets at Dodgers, Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – Monday, July 4th

3.)   Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL – Saturday, July 2nd

4.)   Toby Keith, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI – Friday, July 1st

5.)   Royals at White Sox, Cellular Field, Chicago, IL – Monday, July 4th

6.)   Kenny Chesney, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, July 2nd

7.)   Blue Jays at Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Monday, July 4th

8.)   Rockies at Braves, Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – Monday, July 4th

9.)   Phillies at Marlins, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Monday, July 4th

10.) Indians at Reds, Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH – Saturday, July 4th