MLB Ticket Prices: Tigers Fans Represent, Braves Fans Relent
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Almost a quarter of the way through the MLB season, six teams sit comfortably atop the three divisions in each league. The prices for each team on the secondary market couldn't be more different.
It doesn't even seem like past success matters. The Atlanta Braves won the National League East last season, and are still the cheapest ticket of all the first place teams. The Orioles are the next cheapest despite tying the Yankees for third in the American League East last season, and making it to the AL Divisional Series in 2012. Even the Athletics are near the bottom of this list despite two straight AL West crowns and the best record in the league so far.
There's currently a 57.8% difference between the average price for the most expensive first place team and least expensive first place team. Below are the average prices on the secondary market for each of the division leading teams, according to TiqIQ.
1) AL Central Detroit Tigers 22-12 | Avg. Price: $109.33 | 5.5 Game LeadThe Tigers came into the season as the favorite of many to win the World Series. They have a stacked lineup and rotation. Their roster houses the last three MVP award winner, with two consecutive awarded to Miguel Cabrera and the one before that presented to Justin Verlander in 2011. Last season they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, and this year they own the best winning percentage in the league. Detroit Tigers' tickets trail only the Boston Red Sox for the most expensive average in baseball. 2) NL West San Francisco Giants 25-14 | Avg. Price: $104.03 | 2.5 Game Lead In the last four years, the Giants have made the playoffs twice, and both times they won the World Series. That was 2010 and 2012, and with another even numbered year the Giants might be primed for another title. As of now they have the best record in the national league, and the most wins in the majors with 25. San Francisco Giants tickets were still expensive last season when the team underachieved, but now the on field play has matched the demand. The Giants are also one of the most popular teams with fans who don't attend games with high television ratings, keeping the Giants happy as they have a stake in their Comcast-owned regional network, CSN Bay Area. 3) NL Central Milwaukee Brewers 24-14 | Avg. Price: $89.27 | 5.5 Game Lead At 24-14 the Brewers are 5.5 games above the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central. But after a hot start, the Brewers have come back to Earth. They've gone just 9-9 in their last 18 games, and have been outscored by ten runs in their last 12 games. Milwaukee Brewers tickets have also increased in price since the start of the season. 4) AL West Oakland Athletics 24-15 | Avg. Price: $83.72 | 3.5 Game Lead The Athletics not only have the most wins in the American League, but own MLB's top run differential at +62. Coming off two straight division titles, the Athletics just keep humming. Billy Beane's ballers are currently fourth in the league in runs scored and second in team ERA. 5) AL East Baltimore Orioles 20-16 | Avg. Price: $79.90 | 1.5 Game Lead The Orioles recently overtook the Yankees for the top spot in the AL East thanks to a stretch of eight wins in ten games. The AL East is one of the closest divisions in the league; only 5.5 games separating the top team from the bottom. While Baltimore sits atop the toughest division in baseball, Orioles tickets are only the fourth-most expensive in the AL East, out of five teams. 6) NL East Atlanta Braves 21-16 | Avg. Price: $69.25 | 1.5 Game Lead The best pitching staff in the majors resides in Atlanta. Despite featuring an underachieving lineup, the Braves have the top spot in the NL East thanks to the best rotation and bullpen in the majors. Granted, they're in a traditionally tighter division than the Orioles are. Braves tickets are easily the least expensive of all current first-place teams.
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This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.
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