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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

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!

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

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)