The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are currently tied in the AL East. The two teams are three games behind the Baltimore Orioles, despite suffering numerous injuries. The Yankees have seen almost their entire opening day pitching rotation land on the DL, while the Blue Jays watched their top hitters go down. But both teams could still realistically make the playoffs, especially when the Orioles haven’t established themselves as a dominant team in the league. New York might have a little more work to do, as their record already seems a bit flukey after compiling a poor -27 run differential over 100 games into the NY Yankees schedule. Secondary market Yankees tickets for this series are averaging $99.54, a 25 percent decrease from the team’s season average.
7/25 TOR Mark Buehrle vs. NYY Hiroki Kuroda | Avg. Price: $111.57 | Get-in Price: $25
The first game of the series is the most expensive, and also features the only remaining member of the Yankees opening day pitching rotation in Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has had an underrated season for the Yankees, making all 20 starts and putting up a good 2.0 WAR and 3.88 ERA. He’s also got a pretty good 3.44 K/BB and 3.83 FIP. Yankees vs Blue Jays tickets are averaging $111.57 for the game with a $25 get-in price.
7/26 TOR Drew Hutchison vs. NYY Shane Greene | Avg. Price: $81.90 | Get-in Price: $15
Saturday’s game is the cheapest of the series with an $81.90 average and $15 get-in price. Shane Greene gets the start for the Yankees, and the rookie has been surprisingly good in his first few starts. Problem is he’s coming off his worst start, having given up four runs in less than six innings. But he’s only walked three batters and has a WHIP below 1.00, while striking out 16 in his three starts. He’s also been a ground ball machine, totaling a 63 percent ground ball rate, which would lead the team, and be one of the best figures in the league if he qualified.
7/27 TOR J.A. Happ vs. NYY Chase Whitley | Avg. Price: $105.15 | Get-in Price: $19
The final game of the series has a Paul O’Neill bobblehead offered to the first 20,000 fans in attendance. The average price jumps back over $100 for the game with a $105.15 average price, and $15 get-in. It’ll be another rookie getting the start for the Yankees with Chase Whitley taking the mound. Whitley has cooled off after a good start to his major league career, but there is reason to believe he can turn it around. Like Greene, he walks very few batters while putting up solid strikeout numbers. His problem is batters are hitting .361 on all balls in play. That’s a really high number, especially for a pitcher who has a ground ball rate at 46.9 percent. If that number goes down his ERA should drop from 4.76 to a number closer to his respectable FIP of 3.83.