MLB Playoff Matchups in Home Prices

Objects: Baseball and pumpkin (orange)Beautiful foliage, pumpkin everything and cool, brisk air has begun enveloping most of the U.S. like a linebacker tracking down a receiver on a slant route.

For me, the intensity and nerve-racking of every pitch is what makes Major League Baseball’s playoffs the best part about autumn.

While I’m still coming to grasps with my beloved Yankees’ exit earlier this week, it’s time to look ahead to the start of the Division Series later today. As baseball analysts, fans and writers analyze the eight remaining teams’ rotations and lineups, perhaps looking at each city’s home prices (in the second quarter of 2015) will share clues on if being the hottest market translates into a World Series championship.

Or perhaps we should just trust the 1989 film “Back to the Future Part II,” where Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, reads a fictitious USA Today article on the Cubs winning it all in October 2015.

Below are the matchups and coinciding Q2 median single-family home prices and year-over-year price growth:

American League Division Series 

Texas Rangers (Dallas MSA: $215,200; 12.5%) vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($564,600; 10.0%)**

Houston Astros ($221,100; 8.4%) vs. Kansas City Royals ($177,800; 8.2%)

National League Division Series 

Chicago Cubs ($230,500;  5.7%) vs. St. Louis Cardinals ($157,100; 4.8%)

New York Mets ($410,400; 3.5%) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers ($445,200; 5.9%)


**According to The Canadian Real Estate Association’s MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) for Greater Toronto in August 2015.