The Yankees lost their first two home games to the Cleveland Indians, following a sweep of the Minnesota Twins, but expect to get back on track during the remainder of the four game set with the Tribe. The Bronx Bombers will look to continue their hot play against another team vying for the postseason when they open up a three-game series in the Bronx beginning Monday, August 24th, as they take on the AL West-leading Houston Astros.
With the home stretch of the season rapidly approaching, the games are only becoming more important, which also may lead to a spike in ticket prices in the process. At the moment, Yankees tickets for their series with the Astros are currently averaging $84.37 on the secondary market, while the get-in price ranges from $10-$20 for all three contests on the primary market, Yankees.com. Wednesday's game is a Mastercard half-price game, allowing fans to use their Mastercard for discounts at various seating areas around the stadium.
Both teams are looking to stave off some heated competition within their respective divisions, as the Yankees are trying to stay ahead of the surging Toronto Blue Jays, who are only a 1/2 game back, and even the Baltimore Orioles, a team that has gotten hot as of late to pull within five games of first-place New York. The Astros, meanwhile, are involved in their own tight race for division supremacy, as they lead the second-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by three-and-a-half games.
The Yankees have been propelled to their excellent 67-53 record as a result of success on both sides of the ball. But of course, the Astros have been just as impressive in 2015, especially considering the fact that they’re probably the most surprising team in all of baseball this season after enduring a stretch that saw the club register six consecutive losing seasons. Houston has boasted one of the best rotations in the American League this season, with legitimate AL Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel leading the way. The Astros added left-hander Scott Kazmir just prior to the trade deadline, and along with the presence of Collin McHugh, this is definitely a more-than-formidable pitching staff.
The lineup is intimidating, too, featuring dangerous bats in the form of Jose Altuve, Evan Gattis, rookie phenom Carlos Correa, and Carlos Gomez, whom the club recently acquired from the Brewers. Furthermore, brilliant young outfielder George Springer is getting closer to a return from the disabled list, which could help put the Astros over the top. Also having fine role-players like Luis Valbuena, Jed Lowrie, and Colby Rasmus, it’s easy to note that Houston possesses a lot of ammo within their offense.
Who knows, this could very well end up being a playoff preview when postseason baseball kicks off in the beginning of October. With both teams in first-place, just as they have been for the majority of the campaign, they just very may well be on a collision course towards such a meaningful series. In the meantime, they’ll take part in an important regular season series in the Bronx next week, with playoff implications certainly on the line for each affair.