Sunday, July 7, 2019

2019 MLB Standings at the Halfway Point | Ticket King Wisconsin

The 2019 Major League Baseball season is at the halfway mark, and the All-Star break is this week, so let’s take a look at where everything stands at the moment. We will begin with the American League.

In the East, the Yankees have overcome a lot of early-season injuries and currently sit at 57-29, which is good for the league’s best record at the moment. After a hot start, the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting at 50-39, and fading a little bit here as of late. The Boston Red Sox are holding steady at 47-41. They have the look of a second-half explosion in them. At the bottom of this division are the Toronto Blue Jays at 33-56 and the Baltimore Orioles at 26-61.

In the Central, the Twins have come back down to earth after their scorching hot start. They currently sit at 55-32, and their lead is down to 6.5 games, half of what it was a few weeks ago. The Cleveland Indians are 48-38, and getting warm. The Trevor Bauer trade rumors have quieted for the moment. The Chicago White Sox are 41-43 and right on track to finish exactly where we thought they would. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are holding up the caboose at 28 and 30 wins for the season respectively.

Out West, the Houston Astros have grabbed hold of the division after a rocky start, currently sitting at 55-33. In second place is the Oakland Athletics at 49-40, who is warming up after a rough first two months to their season. In third place stands the story of the season, the Texas Rangers, at 47-40. At some point, the Rangers will fade. Right behind the Rangers are the Los Angeles Angels at 45-44, and now have to play the rest of the season with heavy hearts after the death of Tyler Skaggs last week. In last place stand the Seattle Mariners, who got off to a hot start and have gone backward ever since.

National League

In the East, the Atlanta Braves have ascended to the top of this division, currently sitting with a record of 53-36. The Philadelphia Phillies are 46-42, 6.5 games back of the Braves. Right behind them are the Washington Nationals who sit at 45-42, and have had as up and down of a season as any team could have to this point. After a solid start, the New York Mets are fading and currently sit at 39-49. In last place as expected are the Miami Marlins at 32-54.

The NL Central is the toughest division in either league. The difference between first and last place is a mere four games. Currently sitting on top are the Milwaukee Brewers at 47-42, who still need to find another starting pitcher somewhere. Right behind them are the 46-42 Cubs, who are struggling as of late. Those pesky St. Louis Cardinals are right there at 44-32, and they are another team that just smells of second-half explosion. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have been trading places all season, and they both currently sit 4 games back, the Pirates with 42 wins and the Reds with 41.

Out West, the Los Angeles Dodgers own the best record in either league at 60-30 and are 14.5 games ahead. Barring a miracle of epidemic proportions, they have this division won already. In second place are the Colorado Rockies sitting at 44-33, who have climbed out of an early season disaster to enter the Wild Card race. The Arizona Diamondbacks are right behind them at 44-45, and a lot of people are still waiting on their big fade in the standings. The San Diego Padres are 43-45 and have yet to put it all together this season. The San Fransisco Giants are 39-48, and need to be getting ready to unload some of where high-priced players between now and the trade deadline.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Milwaukee Brewers 2019 Update | Ticket King Inc.

The Milwaukee Brewers currently sit at 42-36, which places them in second position in the National League Central, just a half a game below the leaders, the Chicago Cubs. Right behind the Brewers are the St. Louis Cardinals, just two games back of the Cubs. Once again, the NL Central looks to be an airtight race to the finish line. Let’s look at how the Brewers are staying in this race.

The Brewers best player is right fielder Christian Yelich, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player. Yelich is having another MVP season. Cody Bellinger was the clear cut front runner for most of the season, but he has come back down to earth in recent weeks, opening the door for Yelich and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado to emerge as candidates. Yelich currently stands with a .342 average which is second in the league behind Bellinger, who stands at .349 at the moment. Yelich’s 29 home runs lead the league, and his 63 RBI’s are second in the league behind Pittsburgh Pirate first basemen Josh Bell’s 66. His 91 hits also lead the team. There is more to this team that just Yelich however. Third baseman Mike Moustakas is having a great season as well. Moustakas is batting .280 with 22 home runs and 48 RBI’s. Catcher Yasmani Grandal is batting .271 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI’s as well.

The Brewers pitching, specifically their bullpen, is what carried them to the NLCS a year ago. This year, their pitching has fallen off a bit. Brandon Woodruff does lead the team with 9 wins but carries a 4.01 ERA. Zach Davies is back to form this season, sitting with a 7-1 record and a 3.06 ERA. Last year’s wins leader, Jhoulys Chacin, is having an awful 2019. Chacin currently sits with a 3-8 record and a 5.88 ERA. If the Brewers make more changes to their rotation, Chacin could be one of the pitchers replaced. That bullpen has had some issues though. Josh Hader has taken over the closer's role permanently and sits with 18 saves. This biggest difference has been the play of Jeremy Jeffress. His performance is down this season. He currently sits with a 3.81 ERA, a far cry from a year ago when he spent most of the season under one for is ERA.

As we approach the trade deadline, the Brewers are looking to add a more help to their rotation and perhaps a bullpen piece. They are financially constrained though, so they may have to keep going with what they have and hope for the best.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Brewers Look to Improve Pitching Roster | Ticket King Inc.

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The Milwaukee Brewers currently feel that their starting rotation needs help, and in terms of budget Milwaukee is tapped. So here are some low-cost options for the Brewers to consider via trade.

Wade LeBlanc/LHP/Mariners- The Seattle Mariners raced out to a fast start to begin 2019, but have quickly fallen back to earth, and now sit at 23-30, good for last place in the American League West. LeBlanc is performing well and could be added to the Brewers rotation for the stretch run.

Trevor Cahill/RHP/Angels- So far this season, Cahill is 2-4 with a 6.43 ERA. He is much better than those numbers suggest and the Angels are probably not going anywhere this season.

Mike Minor/LHP/Rangers- The Texas Rangers are 26-25, good for second place in the American League West. There is no way in the world they are going to keep this up though. Minor is having a great season, his best in a long time, currently sitting at 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA.

Drew Smyly/LHP/Rangers- Minor’s current teammate, Smyly, is another pitcher whose numbers so far in 2019 aren’t really telling of the type of pitcher he is. Smyly’s style would fit well in a ballpark like Milwaukee’s.

Merrill Kelly/SP/Diamondbacks- Kelly looks to be the guy they should really consider. He currently sits at 4-5 with a 4.75 ERA so far this season, not too good, but not horrible either. It would cost little to trade for him and he would add little to the payroll.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Summerfest 2019 Complete List of Headliners | Ticket King Milwaukee

The SUMMERFEST 2019 headliners have been announced! We still have one more American Family Amphitheater show to be booked, as Ozzy had to back out of the fest due to health concerns. It's another great lineup, covering eleven days and nights. Be sure to check out all the early shows to, as the gates open at noon.

June 26, 2019: Thomas Rhett

DJ,  Steve Aoki - Rockers from Cincinnati, Walk the Moon - Classic throwback band, Foreigner -
Singer, Quinn XCII - Pop Sensation from the 90's, Hanson - Alt Rocers, Judah & The Lion - Indie Singer, Chelsea Cutler - Blues Rocker, Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio

June 27, 2019: Outlaw Music Festival

Singer, Lizzo - Country singer, Elle King - DJ, Gryffin - Soul band, St. Paul and the Broken Bones
- Country music by...LANco - Rockers, Neon Trees - The always entertaining Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Steve Earle & The Dukes - 10,000 Maniacs - Oldies rockers, Foghat and Andrew W.K.

June 28, 2019: Jason Aldean

Grammy Winning, Brandi Carlile - Comedy by...The Lonely Island - Rapper, T-Pain - Classic rock by STYX - Lovelytheband - Collective Soul - Milwaukee's favorite local band, GGOOLLDD

June 29, 2019: Bon Iver

From the 1970's rockers, Chicago to the 90's favorites Third Eye Blind. Representing "Emo" will be Jimmy Eat World. August Burns Red, Ludacris and Jordan Davis will also be headlinling on June 29th. Check the stage listings for each headline show.

June 30, 2019: Zac Brown Band

Brothers Osborne the country duo from Maryland will be the top performer on one of the side stages, along with 3 Doors Down.  Who else is hitting the top spot on 6/30? Lake Street Dive, Los Lonely Boys, Jimmie Allen, Guided by Voices, and Riley Green. Lastly, check out Ozomatli, and the always on point Reverend Horton Heat. Gothic Blues singer Adia Victoria will also headline on 6/30.  

July 2, 2019: Lionel Richie

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will certainly sing his hit song "Drowning," which cracked the top fifty on the charts. Also listed for July 2 are Young the Giant, Chvrches, First Aid Kit, Chaka Khan, Big Gigantic, The Allman Betts Band, and many more.

July 3, 2019: Jennifer Lopez

Taking Back Sunday, will play on July 3, along with Loverboy and Switchfoot. The Roots will headline, Matoma, Soja, Lauren Alaina, Brandy Clark and The Royal Tusk will take top billing.

July 4th Change To Headliner - Ozzy Osbourne Cancelled

With Ozzy having health issues, his headline show is cancelled. Stay tuned for the new headliner.

July 4, 2019: Still to be Announced

The following dates and acts are all listed as headliners for the rest of the eleven day Summerfest run. See you at the fest!

July 4th continued:
X Ambassadors
Sublime with Rome
Courtney Barnett
Vic Mensa
Chris Janson
Chase Rice
Robert Randdolph & The Family Band

July 5, 2019: The Killers

Cole Swindell
The Head and The Heart
Dashboard Confessional
Cris Robinson Brotherhood
Jesus Jones
38 Special
The Spinners
Big Head Todd abd The Monsters
Trea Landon
Leonid & Friends

July 6, 2019: Billie Eilish

Chris Lane
Dark Star Orchestra
Brother Ali
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

July 7, 2019: Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q

Jason Mraz
Rodrigo y Gabriela
La Sonora Ponceña
Dylan Scott

Thursday, April 4, 2019

"Bold" Predictions for the 2019 MLB Season | Ticket King Inc.

MLB 2019
The 2019 MLB season is underway. Before we get too far in, let’s look at some potential outcomes for the season and answer them with our best guess.

1. The American League Central champion will finish with less than 85 wins- Just to quickly note, 81 wins is good for a .500 season. The AL Central enters 2019 as the weakest of the six divisions by a large margin. The Indians are still the favorites, but they are not as strong as they used to be. This division is up for grabs, and the winner could finish with less than 85 wins. Answer - Probably

2. The National League Cy Young Award winner will not be a “household name”- Baseball fans all know the household names, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Jacob DeGrom, etc. But, there are a lot of young talented arms across the league- Chris Paddack, Eric Lauer, Kyle Freeland, Walker Buehler, Dakota Hudson, Corbin Burnes, Freddie Peralta, Max Fried, Sean Newcomb, Kyle Wright, Aaron Nola, etc. None of the household names enter 2019 with positive outlooks except Kershaw. Answer - Maybe

3. Somebody else besides the Astros will win the American League West- This is the tightest grip on a division we’ve seen by one team in quite some time. But, as we have seen in the past, David can knock down Goliath in sports. Remember the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl? Or how about when the eighth seeded Golden State Warriors took out the top seeded Dallas Mavericks, owners of the league’s best record? However, those were one game contests in the playoffs, one series, and not the MLB. This is a 162, game season. Answer - No.

4. The Baltimore Orioles will win less than 50 games- The Orioles are in the early stages of an all out rebuild. This is not a good team. In fact, this is a team that just isn’t ready for prime time. Buck Showalter might very well retire mid-season, and the Orioles will stop caring after he does. Answer - Maybe

5. The Phillies will miss the playoffs in Bryce Harper’s first season- Yes, we know all about all of the free agency moves the Phillies have made the last couple of years, Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Jake Arrieta, etc. But, we’ve seen this story before in sports. Big free agency splashes does not necessarily equate success. Answer - Yes.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 Summerfest Headline Shows | Ticket King Milwaukee

Summerfest 2019 is shaping up to be another great eleven day festival on Milwaukee's lakefront. As of this post, nine of the eleven headline shows have been announced. One of the biggest names to be gracing the American Family Insurance Amphitheater will be none other than Jennifer Lopez. "J-Lo" will be in Milwaukee on July 3rd.

Around the same time that we heard the news about Lopez, a classic pop star had announced that he would be performing at Summerfest on July 2. Lionel Richie and Michael McDonald will headline at the "Am Fam." Imagine a Lionel Richie set list. It will be hit after hit after hit. And rest assured, he will be performing all the best he has to offer. Who else will be coming to Summerfest 2019? Check the list below for your favorite.

    2019 Summerfest Headliners

  • Thomas Rhett & Dustin Lynch 6/26
  • Outlaw Music Festival 6/27
  • Jason Aldean & Kane Brown 6/28
  • Bon Iver - 6/29
  • The Killers - 7/5

Keep in mind that there are over a dozen stages at Summerfest, with music from noon to midnight each day. You won't be disappointed when you head on down to the festival grounds. There is food, fun and music, so what's not to like?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Big Ten Wisconsin Badgers and the March Tournament | Ticket King Inc.

NCAA Tournament Tickets

For college basketball fans, March Madness is just around the corner. As it currently stands, the Big Ten has 8 teams in contention for spots in the March College Basketball Tournament. Let’s look at all of them.

At the top of the standings are the red-hot Purdue Boilermakers, 15-3 in conference play, 22-7 overall, and a perfect 15-0 at home. The Boilermakers are led by their All-American guard and Big Ten player of the year candidate Carsen Edwards, who averages 23.5 points per game. According to Joe Lundari, the Boilermakers are the third seed in the South Region as of this moment. Right underneath Purdue in the standings are the Michigan Wolverines, 15-4 in conference play, 26-4 overall, and 17-1 at home. This is a very balanced team, and according to Joe Lunardi they are a two seed in the West Region. Hot in their tails are their in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, 14-4 in conference play and 23-6 overall. The Spartans, who are always dangerous in March, are the two seed in the East as of this moment.

After running into some troubles earlier this season, the Wisconsin Badgers have settled down, and are well on their way to getting back to the tournament. They sit at 12-6 in conference play and 20-9 overall. Power forward Ethan Happ is a double-double machine, average 17.1 points per game to go along with 10.1 rebounds per game. As of this moment, the Badgers are the projected four seed in the Midwest. Despite the bad loss to Penn State, the Maryland Terrapins are in the dance, currently sitting at 12-7 in conference play and 21-9 overall. As of this moment, Maryland is the projected five seed in the East. Right behind them are the Iowa Hawkeyes, 10-8 in conference play and 21-8 overall. Iowa is led by their sharpshooter guard Jordan Bohannon who can light it up with the best of them from deep. Right now, Iowa is the projected eighth seed in the South Region.

Two teams who are still in it but have work to do are Ohio State and Minnesota. The Gophers, who currently sit at 8-10 and 18-11 overall, are the projected 11-seed in the Midwest as of this moment. The Buckeyes who are also 8-10 in conference play and 18-11 overall, are projected as the 10-seed in the South. Every other Big Ten team would have to make a miracle run in the tournament to get in.
2019 is setting up to be another strong showing for the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Brewers 2019 Roster Changes | Ticket King Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Brewers shocked the baseball world in 2018, winning the NL Central over the Chicago Cubs, and then taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to seven games in the National League Championship Series. The Brewers didn’t have as active of an offseason as other teams, but they did make some moves.

Their biggest move this off season was the signing of All-Star free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one year, 15 million dollar “pillow” contract. Grandal wanted to sign a three year deal at 15 million, but teams were only offering him 12 million for three years. So he settled for the Brewers offer, betting on himself essentially. The move could pay off big time for both teams. If Grandal has a big season, he could get his 15 million for 3 to 4 years next season.

Filed under the “smaller moves” category, Erik Kratz is back for one more season, and will backup Grandal behind the plate in 2019.

Another small, yet important move, the team decided to bring back super-utility man Hernan Perez for another season.

At first Brewers fans thought Corey Spangenberg would compete with Perez for the utility role, but they could end up carrying both. If they do, that would give them the ability to carry all the arms they can in that bullpen, as they would then have two guys on their bench that can play every position.

On January fifth the Brewers made the last move to break their outfield logjam by trading Keon Broxton to the Mets for right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl, right-handed pitcher Adam Hill, and infielder Felix Valerio. Already gone were Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, so that means the Brewers outfielders will be Braun, Yelich, and Cain.

Josh Tomlin is an intriguing move. Depending on how many arms get switched to the rotation from the bullpen, he could either occupy the fifth spot in the rotation or the long relief role out of the pen.

The Brewers last move of the off season appears to be the decision made this past weekend to bring back third basemen Mike Moustakas for 2019. This means Travis Shaw will start the year at second base. This move will allow the Brewers to keep Keston Hiura in Triple-A for the first month or two of the season.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Brewers 2019 Bobblehead Dates and Promotional Items | Ticket King Inc.

Brewers 2019 Bobblehead schedule

At first glance, some of the Brewers giveaway items seem to have a theme, as we’re talking about a Trucker hat, flannel shirt, drink holder, and fanny pack as part of a fairly big list of great promotional items on tap for 2019. It sure seems like some things have come back in style. Of course, most fans want those coveted “Bobbleheads,” and the Brewers won’t disappoint in that regard. On top of the usual items, we’re looking at baseball cards, coupon books, a replica jersey, and a knit hat. If you didn’t already have a reason to pick up some Brewers 2019 game tickets, the giveaways just might put you over the top. Some items have limited quantities, so be sure to get to the gates early. Also, be sure to check the schedule for nights were the "kids can run the bases."   

2019 Brewers Giveaway and Promotions Schedule

3-31  Jesús Aguilar Bobblehead
4-20 Brewers Coupon Book
4-21 Noah's Ark Water Park Ticket
5-3 Short-sleeve T-shirt
5-5 Jeremy Jeffress Bobblehead
5-25 Brewers Coupon Book
6-4 MLB Network Recyclable Tote Bag
6-7 Can Holder
6-9 Christian Yelich Bobblehead
6-22 Brewers Coupon Book
6-23 Fanny Pack
6-28 Trucker Hat
6-30 Prince Fielder Bobblehead
7-13 Brewers Coupon Book
7-14 Cecil Cooper Replica Jersey
8-9 Strapback Hat
8-10 Topps Baseball Card Pack
8-11 Josh Hader Bobblehead
8-24 Brewers Coupon Book
8-25 Yasmani Grandal Bobblehead
9-7 Brewers Coupon Book
9-21 Fan Appreciation Night
9-22 Knit Hat

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Billy Joel Plays Miller Park in Milwaukee | Ticket King Wisconsin

Billy Joel Tickets
When you think of the "Piano Man" you surely think of Billy Joel. Lately, Joel has been spending time performing multiple shows at Madison Square Garden, letting the audience come to him. His time spent on the East Coast is totally up to him, as he's got nothing more to prove. Still, we have a great show announcement for his fans. Billy Joel comes to Miller Park on April 26, one night, his only show in the Midwest as of this post.

He's sure to play all the hits, seeing that he's go so many of them.  Going back to 1973, when he first released "Piano Man," he also performed the song Ballad of Billy the Kid, and You're My Home. Get your Billy Joel Milwaukee tickets right here.
A few years later, he found success with Angry Young Man, New York State of Mind, and Movin' Out. His first number one song didn't come along for nearly ten years. 

When the eighties came around, Joel changed with the times, and put out some solid pop songs like Allentown, Keeping the Faith, Don't Ask Me Why, and Uptown Girl. It's been almost thirty years since he's produced a hit song, but nothing is stopping Mr. Billy Joel from riding the wave of nostalgia and memories. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Big Ten Basketball Update 2019 | Ticket King Wisconsin

Big Ten Basketball
The 2018-2019 college basketball season is in full swing, and it appears to be yet another strong season for the Big Ten. At the moment the conference has eleven teams that could make the tournament. Let’s look at them all.

The two teams with the most work to do are Northwestern and Purdue. After a strong 9-2 start to their season, Northwestern has fallen during conference play. Of their first four games in Big Ten Conference play, the Wildcats have lost to Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State. Yes, those are three acceptable losses, but those defeats can’t keep piling up. If the Wildcats want to get back to the tournament, they must turn a few of those tough games into wins. With Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin all coming up, they will have have a good chance to do that. Meanwhile, Purdue has begun turning it around in Big Ten play, winning two of their first three, including a solid 86-70 win over Iowa.

Iowa and Nebraska are in danger of squandering great starts to their season. Nebraska started 10-1 and Iowa started 11-0. Both teams are 1-3 so far in conference play. In fact, they played each other on Sunday and it was Iowa who came away victorious with a 93-84 win. The best player for the Hawkeyes, Jordan Bohannon scored a season-high 25 points to lead the way.

As we move up the Big Ten standings, we reach a trio of very solid teams- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Maryland. The Minnesota Gophers are currently 12-2 including 2-1 in conference play and are riding a six-game winning streak. During this streak, the team has beaten Nebraska, Arkansas State, North Florida, North Carolina A&T, Mt. St. Mary’s, and most recently Wisconsin. The Gophers have a chance to keep that streak going with upcoming games against Maryland, Rutgers, Illinois, and Penn State. For Wisconsin, it appears as if, at least for the moment, they have shaken off a disastrous 2017-2018 season. So far, Bucky Badger is off to an 11-4 start, including 3-1 in Big Ten Conference play. The Maryland Terrapins and Indiana Hoosiers are both sitting at 12-3 and 3-1 to open up conference play themselves.

The Best of the Big Ten So Far 

Finally, we have the top three teams, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan, in a position that is very much like last season. Ohio State, currently ranked 14th in the country, are 12-2 to begin the season, and 2-1 in conference play. Looking at the Buckeyes resume, they really don’t have any impressive wins over teams out of the conference, so they are going to have to play very well in their coming games. With all that being said, the Big Ten conference really comes down to two teams right now, Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans are 13-2, including 4-0 in conference play, and their only two losses are to number one ranked Kansas and Louisville. Meanwhile Michigan is 15-0 on the season, already have wins over Villanova and North Carolina. However, the Wolverines have some tough road games coming up against Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio State, and Iowa, so the question being asked right now is who’s it going to be? Who is going to end the Wolverines dreams of an unbeaten season? All four of those teams are ideal candidates.