Is the Subway Series losing its gusto?
The New York Yankees and Mets have mountains to climb if they hope to be postseason contenders this year, and while both teams have been vocal on the trade market as Monday's 4 p.m. deadline approaches, this year's Big Apple battle between the two clubs isn't generating much hype on the resale ticket market. In fact, the 2016 Subway Series is the third cheapest since 2010, when TicketIQ began collecting secondary market ticket data.
The Yankees sent seismic waves across the league last week with the trades of star relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, each of whom returned a bounty of prospects. With Carlos Beltrán still on the chopping block alongside fellow teammates Brian McCann and Brett Gardner, the Yankees are in sell-now mode. Across town, the injury-plagued Mets seek an impact bat that could jump-start their anemic offense.
With the teams combining for a middling 106-102 record, it's not surprising that ticket prices are down for their four-game series in the Bronx and Queens this week. As it stands now the average price for Yankees tickets against the Mets is $122.41 on the secondary market, down 21% from last year's average of $154.99. It is the cheapest since 2014's Subway Series, which averaged a $117.23 ticket.
The series kicks off at Citi Field on Monday night with Logan Verrett opposing Yankees southpaw C.C. Sabathia. It will be the cheapest game of the series, and the average resale price for Mets tickets against the Yankees on Monday is now $97.07. No other game of the series will average below $100. The get-in price starts from $28.
Tuesday's game will showcase the biggest pitching matchup of the series as Jacob deGrom sets to battle Masahiro Tanaka in the second and final meeting at Citi Field. Tickets are currently averaging $134.11, making it the most expensive game of the series on average. If looking just to get past the gates the cheapest ticket is listed from $39.
The series shifts to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, where Ivan Nova takes the hill against Mets lefty Steven Matz. It will be the more expensive game in the Bronx this year, with tickets averaging $110.96 and the get-in price listed at $27.
Nathan Eovaldi will face ageless wonder Bartolo Colon in the final game of the series on Thursday. The average price for Yankees vs. Mets tickets on TicketIQ is now $131.64, making it the second most expensive game of the series. Prices start from $24.
Since the Subway Series began regular season play in 1997, the Yankees own a 60-44 record in 104 meetings against the Mets. The Yankees won four out of six games against the Mets last season. Both teams reached the postseason in 2015, with the Yankees falling to the Houston Astros in the A.L. Wild Card Game and the Mets losing to the Kansas City Royals in the 2015 World Series.