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Justin Upton hit a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning Sunday to complete the Detroit Tigers’ three-game sweep of the host Chicago White Sox, a victory that got the team to .500 at 28-28.
It was Detroit’s fourth consecutive victory, and appears to have helped goose the team’s ticket sales on the secondary market — one measure of the team’s standing with fans.
As of Monday, Tigers’ tickets on the resale market are averaging $85, according to data from New York City-based TicketIQ, which aggregates ticket resale prices via StubHub, TicketNetwork, TicketsNow, eBay and hundreds of secondary-market brokers. The Major League Baseball overall average resale ticket price on Monday was $73.
The resale average for Tigers tickets at this point last season was $57, TicketIQ said. Detroit was also 28-28 at that point, too, and had just swept the White Sox at Comerica Park.
Resale averages include regular tickets and premium seating such as club seats and suites, which can serve to inflate the price, but recent box scores are what really drive the fan-to-fan seat cost.
“The baseball market tends to just affect immediate games, as outside of big series, most buyers are just within a few weeks or even days,” said Ralph Garcia, TicketIQ’s director of publisher relations.
The average resale price of a Tigers ticket in April was $53 when the team finished 12-12; May was $36 (25-28) and June is $52. Conversely, July is an average of $82 per ticket, August is $97 and September is $100, Garcia said. The current MLB average just for June so far is $66, meaning Detroit is about 21 percent below the league-wide average.
The Tigers had just nine home games in June — versus the Indians, Orioles and Rangers — and played 20 on the road, which accounts somewhat for the one-month dip in home average resale price.
The most expensive remaining series are against the New York Yankees (Aug. 22-24) at $157 on average and the Cleveland Indians (Sept. 1-3) at $127 on average.
In addition to a team’s win-loss record, other factors that drive resale prices are quality of the opponent and weather.