Is there a hotter team in a baseball right now than the Boston Red Sox? Since they started a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers in late August, the Red Sox have gone 13-4 as of Sept. 10. Also, Boston just got ace Clay Buchholz back, who only ceded three hits in a five-winning win Monday night.
The Red Sox’ season-long resurgence is reflected in their ticket prices this September compared with that same month last season. In September of 2012, when their dismal season was on full display for the nation to recoil (or laugh) at, Red Sox tickets averaged $87, and most fans didn’t even want to show up to Fenway Park to watch the train wreck that was the end of the short-lived Bobby Valentine era. That month, the most expensive series was a three-game home set against the New York Yankees that started on Sept. 11. That series averaged out at $95.
This September, with fortune in their favor, the Sox are commanding a $117 average at Fenway, which represents a 35 percent price increase. The three-game set they start against the Yankees Friday will again be the priciest series, but this time tickets will ring in at $169, a whopping 97 percent increase from last year’s matchup when interest in the Red Sox was weighed against what else could be found to do in Boston.
How did we get here?
Documenting the Yankees’ fall from grace isn’t a one-step process. Injuries have plagued their roster all season long, but they just haven’t manufactured quality starts on the mound like they’ve done in the past. The result has been an over-taxed bullpen that’s come out in the fifth inning or before on too many nights.
Overall, their team pitching is near the bottom of the league in slugging percentage and hits allowed. While the Yanks haven’t blown a ton of saves, they seem to “save” those situations for when they’re playing the Red Sox, which only exacerbates the issue. They sit at the middle of the road in every pitching category, which is emblematic of the Yankees’ struggles this year; not abysmal, but not exactly prosperous. That is, unless you’re the Steinbrenners, who still make millions off of a sinking ship.