Our Mid-Atlantic Tour (August 2-9) focuses on the two most evenly matched divisions in baseball so far this season. The American League East leaders are the Toronto Blue Jays followed closely by the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. In the National League eastern division the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals have been see-sawing back and forth for the lead with the surprising Miami Marlins hanging close.
To be fair, neither division is a powerhouse. All six teams have major short comings and are looking for help as the trading deadline looms at the end of July. The Blue Jays are looking for a second baseman, with Daniel Murphy of the Mets as a rumored possibility. Ben Zobrist is also another name mentioned but it is highly doubtful that the Rays would trade them within their own division without getting plenty in return which the Toronto would be loath to do. The Orioles, who are probably the most well balanced team in the East have to be wondering if their top prospect Jonathan Schoop is ready to take over the 2nd base duties and with Matt Wieters out for the season they have to be looking for a catcher. And it’s amazing the Yankees are anywhere close with three fifths of the rotation losing all or major portions of the season due to injuries. So they have to be looking for starting pitching help. But with their lack of major league ready talent in the minors it will be difficult.
In the National League East, the Braves have been in first or near the top even though they lost three young pitchers that they were heavily counting on this year to major arm injuries. In fact, they just lost another starter, Gavin Floyd for the season, so obviously they will be looking for pitching help. Another bat would be helpful as well as BJ Upton continues to struggle and has so far been a major bust. The Nationals, who on paper should be running away with this division continue to be inconsistent with the bat. But with Bryce Harper ready to return from a thumb injury, that should provide the lineup with a much needed boost. Their pitching is the reason why they are at the top of the division as their staff leads the NL in ERA.
Our Mid-Atlantic Tour gets you up close to these tight division races just as the season is heading into the back stretch. We start in NYC where we see two games at the beautiful new Citi Field where the Mets take on the SF Giants, who currently are in a dog fight with the Dodgers. We then see the Yankees take on the Central Division leading Detroit Tigers. Then a quick trip to see the new home of the Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, to see them take on the Houston Astros who have two of the most exciting young players in the game, 2b Jose Altuve and rookie OF George Springer. We then travel down I95 to our nations capitol to see the Nationals play two important games against their division rivals, the New York Mets. Then its off to our final destination, Baltimore, to see beautiful Camden Yards where we will watch the Orioles take on the St. Louis Cardinals who are trying to catch the surprising Brewers.
All in all it promises to be an outstanding week of pennant race baseball, viewing it from great seats (binoculars not needed) while staying in some of the best hotels and having time to see what these great cities have to offer. Our week long tour starts on August 2 while school is still out. It’s a great family vacation to end the summer. But you must hurry to book this exciting tour since we have to close it out very soon. As an added bonus we are offering a 10% discount on any one of our packages. Also, if you come with a friend or family member we will take off additional 5%!!
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Day 1 — Saturday, August 2: Giants vs. Mets
Day 2 — Sunday, August 3: Giants vs. Mets
Day 3 — Monday, August 4: Tigers vs. Yankees
Day 4 — Tuesday, August 5: Astros vs. Phillies
Day 5 — Wednesday, August 6: Mets vs. Nationals
Day 6 — Thursday, August 7: Mets vs. Nationals
Day 7 — Friday, August 8: Cardinals vs. Orioles
Day 8 — Saturday, August 9: Transportation to Airport