The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Boston Red Sox in an AL East showdown at Tropicana Field this weekend. The Boston Red Sox schedule will bring them into Tampa just once more this season after the teams’ series this weekend. Both the Rays and Red Sox sit in the basement of the AL East but will see higher-than-average secondary prices in Tampa Bay this weekend. With playoff contention seemingly eliminated for both teams, the Rays and Red Sox will need to put together an improbable string of wins to catch the first place Orioles, who lead the fourth place Rays by 7.5 games. The Rays, though, might just be the hottest team in baseball, making that run more likely than it would have seemed weeks ago.
The season average for Rays tickets is $81 on the secondary market, but just one game will have an average below that price during this weekend’s series. The series as a whole will be just 2.3% above the season average.
7/25 – Jon Lester vs David Price | Avg. Price: $73.83 | Get-in Price: $27
A battle between ace lefties David Price and Jon Lester will start the series Friday night. The average secondary price for Rays vs Red Sox tickets is $73.83, the lowest of the series at 8.8% below the season average, with a get-in price of $27. Price will hope to take his sixth consecutive win tonight against the Red Sox and sits at 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA on the season. Lester has an identical record but has pitched slightly better, posting a 2.50 ERA in 20 starts. The Rays will also offer a Don Zimmer bobblehead to all fans in attendance to honor the late great player and manager.
7/26 – John Lackey vs Chris Archer | Avg. Price: $92.11 | Get-in Price: $31
Saturday’s game will feature the Rays’ Chris Archer against Red Sox veteran John Lackey. The secondary average for Saturday Rays vs Red Sox tickets is $92.11, the most expensive of the series at 13.7% above the season average, with a get-in price of $31. Archer enters Saturday’s game with a 6-5 record and 3.31 ERA and is 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA in nine starts at home this season. Lackey has been an impressive secondary to Boston’s ace Lester, going 11-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 20 starts. The Rays will present a tote bag to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.
7/27 – Jake Peavy vs Jeremy Hellickson | Avg. Price: $82.76 | Get-in Price: $28
The final game of the series pens a matchup against Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and the Red Sox Jake Peavy. The average price for Sunday Rays vs Red Sox tickets is $82.76 on the secondary market, 2.1% above the season average, with a get-in price of $28. Hellickson will take the mound on Sunday with just one start under his belt this season, where he pitched just 4.1 innings on July 8 after a right elbow injury has sidelined him since. Peavy has had a forgettable season himself, posting a dismal 1-9 record and 4.72 ERA. A postgame concert commemorating the popular “Christmas in July” holiday will be played by Imagination Movers. Kids 14 and under will also be given a Chris Archer Christmas stocking while supplies last.