While the National League standings are not far off from preseason projections, with preseason favorites the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals leading their respective divisions, the American League is still proving to be unpredictable after Memorial Day.
The Tampa Bay Rays are leading the American League East division by a half-game after many media members predicted the team to finish towards the bottom of the division in light of longtime manager Joe Maddon’s departure.
The Kansas City Royals are 12 games over .500 and have erased any doubters that last season’s miracle run to the World Series was a fluke. The Minnesota Twins are also surprising in the division, going 7-3 in their last 10 games, moving them within two games of the first-place Royals and even ahead of the reigning division champion Detroit Tigers.
The story of the season, however, continues to be the Houston Astros, who are creating a larger and larger sample size of significant success. Twelve games over .500, there will soon be a point in time where the entire league considers the Astros as contenders. They just continue to look strong.
It may be coincidence, but the high intrigue of the American League has five of its six teams involved in the highest-priced games on the secondary market this week, according to TicketNetwork.com. An interleague series between the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals has the highest priced ticket of the week, with an average price of $97.84 and a get-in price of $35 for their Saturday game on May 30 at Wrigley Field.
The Boston Red Sox name still carries weight throughout the league when it comes to baseball’s secondary ticket market, as their May 30 game at Globe Life Park against the Texas Rangers is the second-most expensive ticket of the week. With an average price of $96.34 and a get-in price of $12, the Red Sox brand is showing its strength, as the players on the field haven’t been performing well as of late. The Red Sox are 21-24 and are one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for last place in the American League East.
The third-most expensive tickets are for Tuesday night’s game at Yankees Stadium between the Yankees and the Royals. The Yankees snapped a six-game skid on Memorial Day, hitting five home runs en route to a 14-1 victory. An average ticket price of $93.57 and a get-in price of $24 have the Royals in two of the three most expensive games around Major League Baseball this week.
Although those games take place on the road, the Royals are considered a draw for home fans wanting to watch quality baseball. After all, Kansas City continues to remain amongst the uppermost class of the American League.