The St. Louis Cardinals enter the 2015 season seeking another National League Central Division crown. Despite their recent success in the NL Central, St. Louis was unable to get back to the World Series last season. St. Louis’s season ended in disappointment after running into a hot San Francisco Giants club in the National League Championship Series. Even though their World Series aspirations were cut short, St. Louis still boasts one of the most complete rosters in baseball. St. Louis’s roster features top-line starting pitchers and a bevy of impressive young hitters.
Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday lead this roster that is aided by fruitful farm system on an annual basis. Second baseman Kolten Wong will look to take another step forward in his development while third baseman Matt Carpenter will look to bounce back after a positional change slightly impacted his offensive output. St. Louis rarely trades away its young talent, but has been aggressive when the right opportunity presents itself. Shelby Miller, one of St. Louis’s better young pitchers, was traded to Atlanta for outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward is one year away from free agency, but possesses the raw talent to rival baseball’s best players. St. Louis is taking a calculated gamble by trading away Miller, but a big season from Heyward may push St. Louis back into the World Series.
On TicketIQ, the average price on the secondary market for Cardinals Opening Day tickets is $226.37 while the get-in price is $80. This is the highest single-game ticket price on St. Louis’s schedule. St. Louis’s season average ticket price is $81.24. That’s an increase of 84.6% above last year’s average price of just $44.
The higher ticket prices reflect St. Louis’s divisional rivalry with the Milwaukee Brewers and the overall newfound strength of the NL Central. Milwaukee sat atop the National League Central for nearly five months last season, but sputtered during September. St. Louis played exceptionally well during September and ultimately won the NL Central crown. St. Louis will look to win its 12th World Series title in 2015.