Tampa Bay Rays begin their three game series against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field Monday night. After an underwhelming start of the season, the Rays have gone 12-2 in their past 14 games and have gone 5-1 in July. The next few weeks of games could go a long way into the Rays figuring out what to do at the trade deadline and whether selling players like Ben Zobrist is in the plans. The last time the Rays were on the Royals schedule in early April, the Rays took two of three at Kauffman Stadium. The season average for Rays tickets on the secondary market is $86.53, but the series as a whole will be 64% below the season average.
7/7 – James Shields vs Jake Odorizzi | Avg. Price: $34 | Get-in Price: $10
The series opener at Tropicana Field will have Rays vs Royals tickets with an average price of just $34 and a get-in price of just $10. The featured pitching matchup for the opener will be Rays Jake Odorizzi (4-7), who was one of the players dealt to Tampa in the James Shields trade, pitching against Shields (8-4). Shields will be facing the Rays for just the second time since being traded, and is looking to get some much needed confidence pitching on the road going 1-1 with a 6.94 ERA in his past four road starts.
7/8 – Jason Vargas vs Jeremy Hellickson | Avg. Price: $31 | Get-in Price: $5
The second game on Tuesday night will see Rays tickets decrease in price by 8.8% with a secondary market average of $31 and a get in price of just $5. The Rays will send right hander Jeremy Hellickson to the mound, just recently deactivated from the disabled list. Hellickson has a career 3.70 ERA, he will oppose Royals veteran left hander Jason Vargas (8-3), who pitched well in the month of June and is coming off a strong outing against the Twins going seven innings, zero earned runs, and only gave up 4 hits.
7/9 – Yordano Ventura vs Alex Cobb | Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $5
The final game of this series is on July 9 and the current average price for Rays tickets is $29, a 14.7% drop compared to the series opener with a get-in price of only $5. Right hander Alex Cobb (4-6) will take the mound for Tampa as he tries to record his third straight win in his past three starts and he will oppose Kansas City right hander Yordano Ventura (6-7), who in 16 starts this season has a 3.07 ERA and has pitched very well over the past month even though his current record would not indicate. Yordano looks for his second straight win.
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