Matt Harvey is driving ticket prices up for New York Mets games.
Resale tickets to see the 26-year-old pitch against the Yankees on Saturday are selling for an average of $101, according to aggregator Seatgeek.com. That’s 38 percent more than the average price for Friday night’s game ($73) at Yankee Stadium and more than double those for Sunday night ($46).
“No one Mets player drives up demand like Matt Harvey,” Seatgeek communications analyst Connor Gregoire said in an e-mail. “Prices for his first start at Yankee Stadium stand out like a sore thumb compared to Friday and Sunday.”
Seatgeek also has seen almost twice as many tickets sold for Saturday’s Harvey game as it has for either Friday or Sunday.
Harvey is 3-0 in three starts this year with 24 strikeouts, one walk and a 3.50 earned run average. He was an All-Star in 2013 and he missed the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season while recovery from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.
Harvey’s 2013 starts produced a 13 percent bump in average resale prices, according to Seatgeek. Games with Harvey averaged $61 on the secondary market, while those without him averaged $54.
The Mets are a National League-best 10-3 so far this season. The Yankees are 6-7 following Monday night’s 2-1 loss at Detroit.