World Series Ticket Prices Soar

MadisonBumgarnerAfter dropping Game 3 of the World Series to the Kansas City Royals, the San Francisco Giants did what they had to do by winning their final two home games of the series.  The Giants now lead the series 3-2 and will head back to KC needing just one win to win their third World Series in five years. Nonetheless, the Royals still maintain a certain level of confidence as they still hold homefield advantage and can win the final two games of the series at Kauffman Stadium to take the series.

The prospects of potentially losing the series in Game 6 has not deterred the market for Royals tickets, however, as the average ticket price on the secondary market is currently $878.  The cheapest ticket can be found for as low as $265.

World Series tickets for Game 7 are significantly more expensive, currently at an average price of $1,560 and the get-in price at $598.  There has been just one World Series in the past eleven Fall Classics to go to 7 games and that was in 2011 when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers.  In that series, the Cardinals returned to Busch Stadium for Game 6 trailing 3-2 and had a remarkable comeback victory over the Rangers, tying the game from two runs behind in both the ninth and tenth innings before winning it in the 11th.  Royals’ fans are certainly hoping for a similar outcome this upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Luckily for the Royals, they won’t have to see too much more of Madison Bumgarner this series, if they see him at all.  Bumgarner threw a complete game shutout Sunday evening, yielding just four hits and walking none while striking out eight batters.  Kansas City’s James Shields pitched admirably, giving up just two runs over six innings, but could not match Bumgarner pitch for pitch.  San Francisco’s ace is now 4-1 in the postseason with a 1.13 ERA and 0.67 WHIP.  He’s given up just one earned run in 16 innings pitched this World Series and is the early favorite for the World Series MVP award if the Giants can prevail.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy stated he will consider pitching Bumgarner in relief, most likely not to occur in Game 6 but potentially a deciding Game 7.  His line from this World Series eerily mimics Randy Johnson’s infamous run during the 2001 World Series when his Arizona Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees.  Johnson pitched a seven inning victory and a complete game shutout in his first two appearances of the series, before retiring four batters in relief of Curt Schilling in Game 7.

San Francisco will be sending Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson to the mound these next two games, the two Giants pitchers with losses in the series.  If San Francisco drops Game 6 and Hudson gets in to trouble early in Game 7, it will be interesting to see how early Bochy pulls the trigger and goes to the bullpen.  Who will be the first arm in relief is up in the air, but it certainly appears Bumgarner could be the one selected.

If that’s the case, the Royals will need to find a way to hit the big lefty if they want to win their first World Series since 1985.