This Year's Top Ticket Price Gainers and Losers of Major League Baseball

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The secondary ticket market is a volatile one. Ticket prices don't remain the same day to day let alone month to month.

So it's no shock that there have already been some hefty changes in the average price for some baseball teams. Some big market teams have seen prices drop after getting off to slow starts, while some smaller market teams have seen their prices soar.

Below is a list of the Top 3 price increases and decreases in average ticket price in the MLB, according to TiqIQ:

Top 3

1) Washington Nationals | Original Avg.: $48 | Current Avg.: $54.35 | Price Change: $13.2%

After being picked as an early World Series favorite, the Washington Nationals failed to even make the postseason last year. At 88-76 they might have been the most disappointing team in the league. While they were once again pegged as a contender this season, fans were notably hesitant leading to just a $48 average for Nationals tickets, which was easily the lowest in the league.

The Nationals haven't lit the league on fire to start the year, but they currently have a 34-29, good for a tie atop the NL East. They also have a +46 run differential that's only behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League. That's been enough to see the average price climb $6.35 for the Nats.

2) Milwaukee Brewers | Original Avg.: $81.49 | Current Avg.: $90.86 | Price Change: 11.5%

The Milwaukee Brewers were the big surprise at the start of the season. After finishing last season a meager 74-88 the Brewers weren't expected to be a factor in the division, especially since the Brewers schedule NL Central sent three teams to the postseason last year. But the Brewers got off to arguably the hottest start in baseball, and have done just enough to remain in first with a four game lead in the division.

At 38-27 they have the second best record in the National League, and they're only half a game away from a three-way tie for second in all of Major League Baseball. That has led to the biggest price climb in the league by far, with an increase of $9.41 on average for Brewers tickets. While that might not seem like a ton, only six teams have even seen an increase and only three have an increase of at least three dollars.

3) Cleveland Indians | Original Avg.: $80.48 | Current Avg.: $85.76 | Price Change: $6.6%

With former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona the Cleveland Indians nabbed the top wild card spot last season. This season hasn't been the same success story, but the Indians are just 2.5 games out of the division lead in the tightly bunched AL Central, and that's behind a recent 8-2 stretch.

The Indians didn't make their playoff push till later in the season last year, and that should keep the Cleveland faithful engaged. They've also had the added benefit of watching Corey Kluber transform into a true frontline starting pitcher, and see Lonnie Chisenhall breakout with one of the hottest offensive starts to the season in the league. It's led to a $5.28 price increase in average price for Indians tickets.

Bottom 3

1) St. Louis Cardinals | Original Avg.: $89.69 | Current Avg.: $68.20 | Price Change: -24%

Last season's runner up has seen the largest price drop by percentage. The St. Louis Cardinals have long been a model of consistency in the MLB, and a World Series appearance coupled with emerging young talent created tons of excitement in St. Louis. The Cardinals haven't exactly been bad to start the season -- they're second in the NL Central with a 34-31 record and have a solid +17 run differential -- but they've been far from the dominant unit fans were expecting.

The team has hovered around .500 for most of the season and has never retaken first. Their top offense has also regressed to below average without all their clutch hits. The average ticket price for St Louis Cardinals tickets is now down to $68.20 after a drop of $21.49.

2) New York Yankees | Original Avg.: $165.05 | Current Avg.: $142.65 | Price Change: -13.6%

The New York Yankees failed to make the playoffs for just the second time in the last decade last season. Behind an aging, injury prone lineup the Yankees just couldn't do enough to make one last run in Mariano Rivera's final season, finishing 85-77. But fans weren't down for long. The team went on another patented spending spree in the off-season bringing in Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka.

The excitement was palpable even before captain and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter announced it would be his final season. The average price for a game on the Yankees schedule was easily the highest in the league at $165.05, propped up by eye-popping numbers for Jeter's final games at Yankees Stadium. But the season has seemed more like a continuation of last year. At 32-31 the team is 5.5 games out of first, and with an awful run differential of -30 things don't look to be getting much better. That's led to the biggest price net drop on this list at $22.50.

3) Boston Red Sox | Original Avg.: $153.49 | Current Avg.: $134.95 | Price Change: -12%

Winning a World Series was hardly the preseason expectation for the Boston Red Sox last season. After struggling to a 69-93 finish in 2012, the Red Sox cleaned house sending a handful of big names to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blockbuster trade to clear salary. They even fired manager Bobby Valentine after just one season on the job.

But the Red Sox hit on enough of their free agent signings and built a special team bond that led them to a 97-65 record -- tied for the best in the majors -- and a World Series title. Unsurprisingly, the average price for Red Sox tickets before the season was just behind the Yankees at $153.49. That season looks like the outlier in their recent history, though, as the team has disappointed on its way to a 29-35 record.

That record has them nine games out of first, and only half a game above the Houston Astros for the second worst record in the American League. Ticket prices for remaining games on the Red Sox schedule have dropped $18.54 since the start of the season.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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