The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Pittsburgh Pirates in an interleague showdown this week at Tropicana Field. The Pirates schedule will see the team host the New York Mets and PNC Park for four games following their series with the Rays. While both the Rays and Pirates have struggled this season as the Rays sit in last place in the AL East at 31-46 and the Pirates are one game under .500 at 37-38, the Pirates will hope to gain ground in the NL Central this week when they travel to Tropicana Field. The Rays schedule has the two teams meeting this week for the first and only time this season.
The season average for Tampa Bay Rays tickets is $94.70, but each of the series’ three games will see an average price well below that price. The series as a whole will be 53% below Tampa Bay’s season average.
6/23 – Edinson Volquez vs Alex Cobb | Avg. Price: $45 | Get-in Price: $15
The series begins tonight when the Rays give pitcher Alex Cobb the nod as he is set to face Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez. Average price for Tampa Bay Rays vs Pittsburgh Pirates tickets is $45, 52.5% below season average, with a get-in price of $15. Both pitchers have struggled this season as Cobb has posted a 2-5 record and 3.48 ERA while Volquez has gone 4-6 with a 4.67 ERA in 15 starts this season.
6/24 – Jeff Locke vs Chris Archer | Avg. Price: $38 | Get-in Price: $9
The second game of the series will feature the Rays’ Chris Archer against Pirates lefty Jeff Locke. Average price for Tuesday Rays vs Pirates tickets is $38, the lowest of the series at 59.9% below season average, with a get-in price of $9, also the lowest of the season. Archer has allowed 35 runs over 86 innings this season, good enough for a 4-4 record and 3.14 ERA. Locke has gone 0-1 with a 3.76 ERA in just four starts.
6/25 – Charlie Morton vs David Price | Avg. Price: $50.01 | Get-in Price: $11
The rubber game of the series will see Rays lefty David Price match up against the Pirates’ Charlie Morton. Average price for Wednesday Rays vs Pirates tickets is $50.01, 47.2% below season average, with a get-in price of $11. Both pitchers have had a forgettable first half with Price posting just a 5-7 record and 3.81 ERA and Morton going 4-8 with an ERA of 3.47.
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