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Red Sox vs. Yankees: Big Series for Sox at Yankee Stadium This Weekend

With the news that Kevin Youkilis is out for the season for the Boston Red Sox, baseball pundits have deemed this series a do or die series for the Sox against the rival New York Yankees this weekend.

As the four game series at Yankee Stadium commences, Boston is six games back of the first place Yankees, 5.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the Wild Card, and in the midst of a lethal stretch where they play 17 games in a row, including their next 10 on the road. Yet, many wonder if the Sox can bounce from losing Youk and make up pivotal ground in the AL East.

Although it is only August, this series at Yankee Stadium should have a playoff-like atmosphere, as a series win by the Yankees could effectively end the Red Sox season, while wins by the Sox could make it an even tighter three-team division race.

Given the magnitude of this series, Here at SeatGeek we wanted to see how high ticket prices were transacting on the secondary market for each game.

Generally, Yankees vs. Red Sox tickets are going to go for more than any other ticket, as demand is very high for this historic rivalry. Yet, it seems as if the importance of this series is driving the ticket prices up even more than usual.

For this four game series, the average transaction price is $132. Each game is transacting well above $100, with the highest priced game being Saturday, August 7. The average transaction price for that game is $162—the most expensive game at Yankee Stadium this season thus far.

Red Sox @ Yankees, August 2010. Average Transaction Prices





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Glaring Holes on the Yankees: How Are They in First?

You really have to wonder about the Yankees. They currently have the best record in all of baseball, but in watching them play, their weaknesses are obvious.

If you break the team down piece by piece, the best part of the team is the starting staff that includes CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Phil Hughes.

They all have at least 11 wins this season, and always give the Yankees length, especially CC Sabathia. He is the ace of the staff, and for that, they were rewarded with spots on the American League All Star team. 

Another positive part of the Yankees is their defense. They have, without question, the best defensive infield in all of baseball.

The bright spots in the outfield are Gardner and Granderson. The only weak spot in the outfield is Nick Swisher, but even he has shown in his time with the Yankees that he can make great simple plays, and even outstanding plays from time to time. He also has a very good arm, along with a good bat at the plate.

Speaking of batting, this brings up their first glaring weakness. From the beginning of the season, there has always been something wrong with their hitting.

Whether it’s injuries to Posada, Johnson, and Granderson or the annual horrible start by Teixeira, there is always something wrong. 

Jeter is not having a very good year at all. He is batting only .269, down over 40 points from his career .315 average.

Alex Rodriguez is not having a good season either. His power comes and goes, and he doesn’t seem to have any control over it.

Granderson is only hitting .239, which is inexcusable, especially since he is not putting up the power numbers he did in Detroit last season.

The only players who are having good seasons at the plate are Cano and Gardner. Ironically enough, Gardner is a ninth place hitter. As for Cano, he started slipping at the plate lately.

To his credit, no one can actually expect to go the whole season without some type of slump. Nonetheless, he is still batting .333 with 17 HR and 59 RBI entering today’s rubber game against the Rays.

The Yankees are in first place but haven’t had a situation where all their hitters have been clicking at the same time. That is unfortunate, but what is more unfortunate are the struggles of A.J Burnett, Javier Vasquez, and the Yankees’ bullpen this season. Joba Chamberlain is also struggling mightily.

It is down right frustrating to see the bullpen, Vasquez, and Burnett struggle like they have this season. Moreover, it’s mind bottling how the Yankees are still in first place despite their pitching woes.

Lets focus on the Bullpen first. The bullpen, with the exclusion of Mariano Rivera, has been very inconsistent. Mariano remains the best closer in baseball. Sadly, it’s the same problem that the Yankees have had for many years this past decade. The bridge to Mariano is very shaky. And it’s shaky because of Joba.

Joba is currently pitching to a 5.79 ERA and a 1-4 record. That is highly disappointing to anyone who remembers what a force he was coming out of the bullpen in 2007. In his defense, the Yankees moving him from a starter to a reliever quite a few times might have rattled him. Still, a 5.79, Era is hard to defend. 

With the exclusion of Mariano, the Yankees bullpen ERA this year is over five. That is not going to get it done, especially in the playoffs.

What has saved the Yankees is the length that their starters have been giving them. But, they should not expect this every time out.

After all, Sabathia, Pettitte, and Hughes are only human. At this rate by the postseason, their arms will be shot.

Though Vasquez, after a horrendous start, has been pitching better of late. 

The pitcher who has not figured it out yet is Burnett. He has been extremely inconsistent to say the least.

Is he really worth that $80 million contract? After yesterday’s loss to the Rays, he is now only 14 games over 500 for his career.

To top it all off, yesterday Burnett lied about slapping a wall that had the Yankees line-up card in plastic out of frustration. He, by mistake, cut his pitching hand and never told the Yankees about it.

It was stupid and irresponsible of him to do that and it ended up hurting the team.

As if things weren’t bad enough, today Andy Pettitte in the third inning threw a pitch to Rays catcher Kelly Shoppach and strained his left groin.

Though the Yankees have the best record in baseball at 57-33, if they continue playing this way, they will not win the World Series.

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MLB Midseason Reports Roundup, Plus Top Fifteen Second Half Games

Over the past week or so, SeatGeek has worked on our version of a MLB midseason report—ticket style. We took a comprehensive look at how each team’s ticket sales on the secondary market have been, and we power-ranked each team based on the transaction prices for tickets for each team. Here’s links to what we’ve done:


As the second half of the season commences, we wanted to look at the top 15 games from this point on, as determined by the highest average transaction price for tickets for the game. Not surprisingly, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are involved in almost every one of the top games for the second half of 2010.

Each game of the Red Sox last series in New York at Yankee Stadium (from September 24 – September 26) and the Yankees last series in Boston at Fenway Park (from October 1 – October 3) is included in the top fifteen, as well. Also, every game in the top fifteen takes place between teams in the American League.

Top Fifteen Second Half MLB Games

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Mets-Braves: Mets Turn to Johan Santana for Sweep

New York Mets (19-20) at Atlanta Braves (18-20) 

7:10 pm

Johan Santana (3-2 3.88) vs Kris Medlen (1-1 2.35)

TV : SNY   Radio : WFAN

What to Watch : The Mets go for the sweep behind Santana, whose last start was excellent in a 2-1 loss in Florida. He went seven innings and gave up one unearned run.

Medlen has been pitching out of the bullpen mostly, only making one start this year. But he’s been pitching really well. I wouldn’t expect him to last long, though. The Mets should get into the Braves bullpen pretty quickly.

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Nationals Visit Marlins: Series Preview

80d4d541aa1b44d350170e402c646d7b-getty-97713276db007_los_angeles_d After a day off on Thursday, the Washington Nationals (12-10) will continue their road trip with three games against the Florida Marlins (11-11). The Nationals are coming off an extremely competitive three-game series with the Chicago Cubs in which they took the last two after dropping the opener.

The first game ended in painful fashion: With the score tied at three in the bottom of the 10th inning, reliever Brian Bruney walked Aramis Ramirez with the bases loaded to force in Ryan Theriot for the winning run. The Nationals took Tuesday’s game 3-1 on another dazzling performance by Livan Hernandez. The 35-year-old righty threw seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just six hits and one walk, while the offense was powered by Ian Desmond’s two-hit, two-RBI day. Wednesday’s win featured yet another phenomenal outing. In just his second start of the season, Luis Atilano held the Cubs to two runs on six hits over six innings.

The Nationals offense largely came courtesy of the Adams—Dunn and Kennedy both hit solo home runs, while Wil Nieves drove in the other run in a 3-2 victory. As April turns to May, the Nats find themselves two games over .500 and just one back of the New York Mets for the NL East lead.

The Marlins, on the other hand, enter this series after failing to reach the expectations many had for them entering this season. Armed with the best all-around player in baseball, Hanley Ramirez, and one of the best young pitchers in the National League, Josh Johnson, the Marlins have a strong core that is similar to the ones that helped lead Florida to their two previous championships. But if the young players want the Marlins front office to open their frugal wallets and spend to get them more support, they’ll have to prove that they are a young product worth investing in by having much more on-the-field success.



Since starting the season 8-5, the Marlins have lost six of their past nine games, including three straight series to the Houston Astros, the Colorado Rockies, and the San Diego Padres. After blowing out the Padres 10-1 in their series opener, the Marlins dropped consecutive games by scores of 4-1 and 6-4. The offensive explosion in the first game was coupled with a 12-strikeout complete game by ace Josh Johnson (who had three hits and three RBI of his own); however, Jon Garland struck out 10 Marlins in Game Two and Nate Robertson struggled in Game Three, causing the Marlins to drop both. This will be the first meeting between the two NL East teams this season.

Jorge Cantu: 4-10, 1 HR, 3 runs, 2 RBI
Cameron Maybin: 2-13, 5 Ks, 0-6 w/RISP



Friday, April 30: Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.03) vs. Craig Stammen (1-0, 6.75)
Saturday, May 1: Chris Volstad (1-2, 5.79) vs. Scott Olsen (1-1, 6.14)
Sunday, May 2: Josh Johnson (2-1, 3.19) vs. John Lannan (1-1, 5.53)



The Nationals are tied for the National League lead in stolen bases with 23, but are also tied for second in the National League in times caught stealing. The Marlins, on the other hand—while not a prolific running team (nine stolen bases)—have allowed 23 stolen bases with just seven runners caught stealing. Much of the Nationals’ limited offensive production this season (22nd in runs scored) can be attributed to their success on the basepaths, thus, when combined with the Marlins’ apparent propensity for letting runners advance, the Nationals appear well-positioned to exploit this weakness.



Speaking of defensive limitations, the Marlins are second-to-last the league with a .974 fielding percentage and lead all of baseball in errors committed with 21 in just 22 games. The team has been particularly weak up the middle, with shortstop Hanley Ramirez and second baseman Dan Uggla committing four and three errors, respectively. With a relatively average offense and pitching staff based on their early season numbers, the Marlins cannot afford to continue to play such poor defense and remain a viable contender in the increasingly competitive NL East.

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