Despite enduring a tremendously disappointing campaign in 2015, it’s not technically over for the Baltimore Orioles, but after a three-game sweep at Fenway Park at the hands of the division rival Boston Red Sox, the Orioles appear to simply be days away from being mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
Baltimore has two home series left to finish the regular season; a four-game series against the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays, followed by a three-game series against the New York Yankees, one of the two American League Wild Card teams. The Orioles would have to catch the Houston Astros for the second available Wild Card spot, which Baltimore trails by 5.5 games with only seven remaining on the slate.
With the team just about out of contention, Baltimore Orioles tickets on the secondary market are some of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, for the entire season. Monday’s game against the Blue Jays, for instance, has an average price of only $12 with a ridiculously low $2 get-in price, followed by average ticket prices of $25, $21 and $21 for the remainder of the series. If fans couldn’t get to the ballpark during the thick of the season, this is a time to take advantage of cheap prices for entrance into Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Hipmunk.com has flight deals to Baltimore in addition to hotels near Oriole Park at Camden Yards for those traveling outside the local DMV area for one of the two final series of the season.
The ticket prices on the secondary market rise for the final series of the year against the New York Yankees, however, although that’s always to be expected when the Bronx Bombers come to town. The three-game average bumps up to $53.87, with the most expensive game being the final regular season contest for the Orioles on October 4, which is yielding an average ticket price of $71.55 and a get-in price of $12. The cheapest tickets for this last series are for the opener on October 2, having an average price of $39 and a get-in price of $8.
If the Yankees struggle against the Red Sox in the series prior to the one against the Orioles, there is a chance Baltimore can play the role of spoiler towards their division rival. The Yankees currently have a 4.5-game lead for the top spot in the AL Wild Card, but can technically be surpassed by the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Minnesota Twins if they start losing the remainder of their games.
This last week of the campaign is also a good chance to see some of Baltimore’s talented youth in action. While this will undoubtedly go down as a disappointing year, especially after the Orioles reached the postseason in two of the prior three seasons under manager Buck Showalter, it’s an opportune time to catch some of the club’s brightest young talent, as they begin to get a glimpse of 2016. Odds are, as long as Showalter is still running things, Baltimore will enter spring training as one of the more high-potential teams in the AL.