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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

2012 MLB Opening Day Schedule

MLB Opening Day 2012The 2012 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner!  For baseball fans (expecially Cubs fans), spring is the time for eternal optimism.  Where any team still has a chance at the playoffs and even the world series.

Opening day is one of the biggest games of the year and even small market teams consistently sell out.  As such, there is huge demand for tickets to these games.  For those interested in marketing baseball tickets be sure to heavily promote the games included below.  After opening day, there is a lull in baseball ticket sales until inter-league play begins.  This year games between teams in the American League and National League will begin on May 18th.  Stayed tuned as we will break down some of the more popular inter-league games on the 2012 Schedule.

MLB Opening Day 2012

Wednesday April 4th

  • Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals (6:05) Lohse (0-0) v. Johnson (0-0)

Thursday April 5th, 2012

  • Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox (12:05) Lester (0-0) v. Verlander (0-0)
  • N.Y. Mets vs Atlanta Braves (12:10) Hanson (0-0) v. Santana (0-0)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies (12:35) Halladay (0-0) v. Bedard (0-0)
  • Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals (1:20) Strasburg (0-0) v. Dempster (0-0)
  • Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays (2:05) Romero (0-0) v. Masterson (0-0)
  • Cincinnati Reds vs Miami Marlins (3:10) Buehrle (0-0) v. Cueto (0-0)
  • San Diego Padres vs LA Dodgers (6:05) Kershaw (0-0) v. Volquez (0-0)

Friday April 6th, 2012

Top Weekend Events – April 29 – May 1

Top Weekend Events:

I’m not gonna lie, this week’s top weekend events are confusing!  Theater events are taking the top spots this weekend, primarily Stomp and Cirque due Soleil at the beautiful Bellagio hotel in Vegas.   O is a beautiful water themed stage production by the Canadian circus and Entertainment Company.  The show takes place around and above a 1.5 million gallon pool showcasing water acts such as synchronized swimming and aerial and ground acts.  The show has been at the Bellagio since 1998.  The water show continues the Bellagio’s salute to beautiful water shows which started with their water fountain ballet acts set to music.  Other Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas include Mystere at Treasure Island, Ka at the MGM Grand, the Beatles show Love at the Mirage,  Criss Angel Believe at the Luxor,  and Viva Elvis at Aria Resort and Casino.

In case you didn’t know, Stomp is a dance troupe, originating from Brighton, UK) that uses choreographed percussion from ordinary objects like ladders and paint buckets, movement and physical comedy to create a physical theater performance.  It’s truly exhilarating.

Holding the title for top event this weekend is the Stagecoach Festival in California.  The event features artists such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood, as well as Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Loretta Lynn, Chris Young and Leon Russell.  The superstars of country will be there, will you?

Frankly, I’m surprised that both the NBA Playoffs as well as the NHL playoffs are going on, but none of the games made the list for this weekend.  The Rockies have shown up a few times so far this season on the list.  Their tickets are highly in demand.  Possibly not as much as the Boston Red Sox, but they still have a strong following.  The motorcycle racing sport, AMA Supercross, is also exceptionally popular.  The AMA series begins in late December and continues until mid-May.   Therefore, look for tickets to remain popular through May.

1.)    Stagecoach Festival, Empire Polo Field, Indio CA –  Saturday, April 30th

2.)    Cirque du Soleil: O, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – Friday, April 29th

3.)     Stomp, Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Meyers, FL –  Saturday, April 30th

4.)    Stomp, Orpheum Theatre, New York City, NY – Saturday, April 30th

5.)    Cirque du Soleil: O, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, April 30th

6.)    Stomp, Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Meyers, FL – Friday, April 29th

7.)    AMA Supercross, Rice – Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT – Saturday, April 30th

8.)    Crown Royal 400, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA – Saturday, April 30th

9.)    Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies, Coors Field, Denver, CO – Saturday, April 30th

10.)  Tim McGraw, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL – Friday, April 29th