It's been some kind of year for the New York Yankees, who managed to miraculously stay in postseason contention through the final week of the campaign despite jettisoning key veterans and some of the club's top talent. However, the wild ride that was the 2016 season is sadly nearing its conclusion, with just a few games remaining before the playoffs get underway, but there's still plenty to behold as the Yankees look to go into the off-season on a high.
Of course, when all is said and done, the 2016 season could be viewed as the turning point in the direction of the organization. After all, there has been several promising youngsters show off their talents this year, pointing to brighter and better days ahead in the near-future. One such phenom, of course, is the rapidly emerging Gary Sanchez, who has experienced a meteoric rise that has legitimately put him into the American League Rookie of the Year conversation despite only being promoted to the majors for good in the beginning of August.
Not only are the Yankees seeking to enter the offseason with momentum, they'll also be looking to play playoff spoiler to the division rival Baltimore Orioles, who are still trying to cement their place in this year's American League Wild Card Game. Let's take a look at how ticket prices are faring for the Bronx Bombers' final series of the campaign.
9/30 | Orioles at Yankees | Yankee Stadium | Avg. ticket price: $69 | Get-in: $6
10/1 | Orioles at Yankees | Yankee Stadium | Avg. ticket price: $39 | Get-in: $6
10/2 | Orioles at Yankees | Yankee Stadium | Avg. ticket price: $54.33 | Get-in: $8 (Roger Maris Bobblehead Giveaway)
The most expensive remaining Yankees tickets at Yankee Stadium this season occur in the series opener of this three-game set, when Michael Pineda toes the rubber for the final time in 2016 opposite Yovani Gallardo. The 27-year-old right-hander has had a disappointing season in the Bronx this year, being 6-11 with a 4.68 ERA, though his 202 strikeouts in just 171.1 innings pitched indicate he's performed better than his numbers might suggest. At the very least, he's had some success versus the O's this year, being 1-0 in a pair of assignments while registering 12 K's in 10 innings to go with a 1.80 ERA. As a result, he puts them in a good position to take the first game of this critical series.Without question, though, the best value in this final series of the season takes place in the finale, as not only are ticket prices averaging just a shade over $50 to see the Yanks in action one final time, but this tilt will also host one of the coolest giveaways of the campaign -- a Roger Maris Bobblehead. Additionally, the outcome of this game could also have a hand in determining whether or not Baltimore sneaks into the postseason, so if it comes down to Game No. 162, you can expect ticket prices to soar as we get closer to the final first pitch of 2016.