The Detroit Tigers rode baseball’s best starting rotation to their third straight American League Central title. Max Scherzer led the rotation by averaging 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings over 214 innings. Detroit will be playing the Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series for the second postseason in a row. Tigers tickets for the Divisional Series currently have a $96 average on the secondary market, a 58 percent increase over the average $60.79 price of a regular season home game.
The Tigers were 3-4 against the A’s in the regular season, but were only outscored in those seven games by a net total of two runs. Miguel Cabrera continued being one of the best hitters against any team in the majors, finishing the season with 44 home runs, 103 runs scored and an OPS of 1.078. The Tigers will be attempting to get back to the World Series after being losing to the San Francisco Giants in four games last season.
The Athletics won the American League West for the second straight year, but didn’t have to wait until Game 162 to clinch. However, like last year they find themselves in a similar postseason situation playing the Tigers again in the American League Divisional Series. Athletics tickets for the Divisional Series are currently going for a $160 average on the secondary market, 191 percent above the regular season average of $55 for games at O.co Coliseum.
In last season’s ALDS the A’s lost to Detroit in five games, but with their season-series win this year they should go into the series with some added confidence. Oakland will look to third baseman Josh Donaldson to lead the offense. Donaldson should be an American League MVP candidate after finishing second in the AL in Wins Above Replacement, with only Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels finishing ahead of him. The A’s can also lean on a pitching rotation that featured five starters who won at least 10 games, started at least 26 games and struck out at least 110 batters during the regular season. Leading the rotation is 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, who went 18-6 in the regular season with a 2.65 ERA and a career-high three shutouts.
Prices for World Series tickets at Comerica Park have an average price of $1149, while early prices for World Series tickets in Oakland currently have an average price of $944.