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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

2012 AL and NL Division Series Schedules

2012 MLB PLayoffs

The AL and NL Division Series is underway….next up the Championship Series!

The wildcard games are over and that means it’s time for the American (AL) and National League (NL) Division Series.  In the AL, the Baltimore Orioles upset the Texas Rangers to advance to the ALDS against the hated New York Yankees.  The first game of the series will take place tonight (Sunday October 7th, 2012) in Baltimore.  The other side of the bracket is a match-up between the AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers and the AL West Champion Oakland A’s.  With no need to wait for a wildcard game, the Tigers are already out to a 2-0 lead.  One more win for Detroit and they will advance to the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals took down the Atlanta Braves and have moved on to face the Washington Nationals.  Game 1 of the NLDS took place earlier today with the Nationals edge the Cards 3-2 to take 1-0 lead in the series.  In the other NLDS series, the Cincinnati Reds took game 1 over the San Francisco Giants by a final of 5-2.  Game 2 will be tonight in San Francisco.

Below is the full ALDS and NLDS Schedule…

2012 ALDS Schedule

American League Division Series – Detroit vs. Oakland
Saturday, October 06, 2012 Oakland at Detroit
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Oakland at Detroit
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Detroit at Oakland
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Detroit at Oakland
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Detroit at Oakland
American League Division Series -Yankees vs. Orioles
Sunday, October 07, 2012 New York at Baltimore
Monday, October 08, 2012 New York at Baltimore
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Baltimore at New York
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Baltimore at New York
Friday, October 12, 2012 Baltimore at New York
National League Division Series -Giants vs. Reds
Saturday, October 06, 2012 Cincinnati at San Francisco
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Cincinnati at San Francisco
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 San Francisco at Cincinnati
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 San Francisco at Cincinnati
Thursday, October 11, 2012 San Francisco at Cincinnati
National League Division Series -Cardinals vs Nationals
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Washington at St. Louis
Monday, October 08, 2012 Washington at St. Louis
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 St. Louis at Washington
Thursday, October 11, 2012 St. Louis at Washington
Friday, October 12, 2012 St. Louis at Washington

Updated 2012 MLB Playoff Scenarios

Orioles Playoffs 2012

The O’s are in for the first time in 15 years but can they take down the evil empire and win the AL East?

With just two games left of the 2012 MLB regular season, the playoff picture is nearly complete.  The National League is just about all locked up with only 1 wild card spot not yet cinched up.  The Washington Nationals are your 2012 NL East Champs, the Cincinnati Reds won the NL Central, and the San Francisco Giants locked up the NL West title.  The Atlanta Braves have locked up the first wildcard spot and will host the other wildcard team.  Right now it is looking like the Cardinals will be that team as the Dodgers are 2 back with only 2 games left.  They would need the Cardinals to lose their last 2 games and they would need to win their 2 remaining games.  I just don’t see that happening.

Over in the American League, things are not quite as settled.  The only team to clinch the division title so far are the Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers locked up the AL Central last night after beating the Kansas City Royals.  In the AL East, both the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles have locked up playoff spots however it is yet to be determined who will win the division.  The Yankees currently have a 1 game lead but are hosting the hated Boston Red Sox for the final 2 games.  The loser of the AL East race will be relegated to a Wild Card spot.  In the AL West, the Texas Rangers currently have a 1 game lead over the Oakland A’s.  Like the AL East, the 2nd place finisher is guaranteed a Wild Card spot.  What really complicated things is that there is a good possibility there will be at least 1 tie for a division title.  That means that a 1-game tie breaker game would be played.  The only thing we know right now is that the Tigers will be the #3 seed.

So, if I haven’t confused you too much already, here are your 2012 MLB Playoff Teams.

2012 Nationals League Playoff Teams

  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Cincinnati Reds
  3. San Francisco Giants
  4. St. Louis Cardinals
  5. Atlanta Braves

2012 American League Playoff Teams

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Detroit Tigers
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Oakland Athletics

 

2012 MLB Playoff Race and Preview

2012 MLB PLayoffs

Who’s your favorite to win the World Series?

With only 6 days left until the end of the MLB regular season, the 2012 playoff picture is beginning to become more clear.  Baseball isn’t traditionally a strong niche within the event ticket industry, but popular teams in major markets can demand top dollar for highly coveted playoff tickets.

Although their are many popular and familiar teams headed to the post-season (e.g. the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals), this year we have quite a few of surprise teams as well.  Teams that infrequently make the playoffs, even in smaller markets, can draw strong fan interest as they aren’t as accustomed to the novelty of playoff baseball .

In the American League, the Baltimore Orioles are in a battle for the American League East with the Evil Empire – New York.  Even if the Orioles can’t catch the Yankees, they will likely earn a trip to the AL Wildcard Game against the Oakland A’s.  The Orioles haven’t been to the post-season in 15 years (1997) so expect fan interest to be high should they get the opportunity to host playoff baseball in Baltimore.

In the National League, the big surprises have been the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals.  Although both teams are extremely talented, most experts thought they were a few years away from being competitive.  They couldn’t have been more wrong as the Reds and Nationals are currently tied for the best record in baseball.  The Nationals franchise (formerly the Montreal Expos) haven’t been to the playoffs in 31 years (1981) and the last time playoff baseball was played in the nations capital was 1933- 79 years ago!!  Fans should be extremely excited to see the Nationals seek a World Series title.

So for all you event ticket marketers, here are your 2012 MLB PLayoff Qualifiers if the season ended today…

2012 MLB Playoff Teams

American League

#1 Texas Rangers

#2 New York Yankees

#3 Detroit Tigers

#4 Baltimore Orioles

#5 Oakland A’s

Notes:  All teams are virtually a lock to make the playoffs with the exception of the Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers currently have a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central.  If the White Sox catch the Tigers they would be eliminated from playoff contention.

National League

#1 Washington Nationals

#2 Cincinnati Reds

#3 San Francisco Giants

#4 Atlanta Braves

#5 St. Louis Cardinals

Notes: All teams are virtually a lock to make the playoffs.

Stayed tuned for more updates are Wildcard and Division Series Matchups are finalized!

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.