First Postseason Appearance in 21 Years Making Blue Jays Playoff Tickets Most Expensive Divisional Series Games of 2015

October 1, 2015

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(UPDATE 10/1/15) Equipped with an arsenal of offense and one of the best pitchers in the game in David Price, the Toronto Blue Jays are headed to the postseason for the first time since 1993. Such an extended absence from October baseball has caused ticket prices to reach considerable premiums on the secondary market, and Blue Jays playoff tickets are averaging well over $400 on TicketIQ.

Across all three potential ALDS games at Rogers Centre, the average secondary market price for Blue Jays playoff tickets is $433.84. That is easily the most expensive home average among all five divisional champions, which as of Thursday includes the Royals, Mets, Dodgers and Cardinals.

It is still uncertain whether the Blue Jays will face the Wild Card winner or the AL West champion as they are neck-and-neck with the Royals down the stretch, but ticket prices will likely jump should they host the divisional rival Yankees, who currently own the first AL Wild Card spot. All but one ALDS game at Rogers Centre averages above $400, with a potential third home game nearing the $500 average.

Home Game 1 Blue Jays tickets currently average $415.20 and the get-in price is $159. Home Home Game 2 tickets own a secondary market average of $395.88 and the cheapest ticket is $155. A potential third home game is now averaging $490.44 and the get-in price starts at $147.

The Blue Jays have clinched just six playoff berths in their 39-year history, though have two World Series championships to show for it. The team won back-to-back Fall Classics in 1992 and 1993, beating the Braves and Phillies in six games each. They’ll hope to make a deep run this year after acquiring several big-name players prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

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Breaking Down The Toronto Blue Jays Upcoming Series vs AL East Rival Orioles and Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays just wrapped up a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, taking two of three games from the Tribe and will now prepare for a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre starting this Friday night.  The Blue Jays have been this year’s surprising team, powering their way to a current first place lead in the AL East division.  The Blue Jays are poised to end a decade long playoff drought behind their heavy hitting, which leads the majors in home runs this year, a solid pitching staff led by David Price, Mark Buehrle, and Marco Estrada who is having a career year, plus an AL MVP candidate in third baseman Josh Donaldson.  It will be difficult upcoming offseason for Toronto, but this team could possibly do big things for this upcoming postseason.

Blue Jays tickets for their three game series against the Orioles will be well below the average price for tickets for the remaining games at the Rogers Centre this season.  Blue Jays tickets for this weekend’s series have an overall average price of $105.18 on the secondary market, 49% below the average price for the remaining Blue Jays games in Toronto.

In the series opener this Friday, right hander Drew Hutchison (13-2, 4.87 ERA) will start for Toronto, who recently made a return to the rotation throwing seven strong innings against the Tigers and will be looking for his 14th win of the season.  The Orioles will counter with right hander Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 4.34 ERA), who is coming off a loss to the Rangers this past Saturday.  Tickets to the series opener have an average price of $97.77 on the secondary market, with the least expensive ticket priced at $20.

The second game of the series will have the cheapest tickets at a secondary average price of $92.12, with a get-in price of $13.  The Orioles are still undecided on just who will pitch on Saturday as Toronto will send David Price (13-5, 2.47 ERA) to the mound, who’s allowed only three runs or fewer in 24 of his last 27 outings.

The series finale on Sunday is the most expensive game of the three game set with tickets averaging at a price of $124.26 on the secondary market, with the cheapest ticket priced at $16.  The pitching matchups include the ageless left hander Mark Buehrle (14-6, 3.53 ERA) against Baltimore right hander Chris Tillman (9-10, 4.87 ERA), who lasted just 4 and 2/3 innings allowing seven earned runs in his last start.

After Toronto wraps up their weekend series with Baltimore on Sunday they’ll have a six-game road trip against division rivals first with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The four-game series in the Bronx currently has an average price of $96.39 and could be a big factor in determining first place in the division. Entering play on Thursday, the Blue Jays hold a 1.5 game lead over the Yankees.