The Pittsburgh Pirates just lost two straight, but remain in the second wild card spot in the National League by the slimmest of margins. They’re also just 2.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. The problem is the next team on the Pirates schedule is the Detroit Tigers. While the Tigers schedule has been bumpy recently, their rotation is the envy of the league. Even at 63-52, they are considered one of the favorites to win the World Series. The two play a four-game set with the first two games in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets are averaging $39.89 for the two games, down 22 percent from their season average at PNC Park. Detroit Tigers tickets for the two games in Detroit are averaging $68.66, down 30 percent from the season average at Comerica Park.
DET Justin Verlander vs. PIT Jeff Locke | Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $5
Last season in Jeff Locke’s first extended experience in the majors, the youngster put up solid numbers. He’s done more of the same this year, without being overly impressive. In 81 innings he has a 3.78 ERA, but just a 4.07 FIP and 0.3 WAR. The average price of the game is the cheapest of the series at $29 and the get-in price is $5.
DET Robbie Ray vs. PIT Edinson Volquez | Avg. Price: $50.77 | Get-in Price: $10
The prices jump for the final game in Pittsburgh. Tickets are averaging $50.77 for the game with a $10 get-in price. Edinson Volquez gets the start for the Pirates. Volquez has been pretty bad for the Pirates this season. Even recently he has had a seemingly solid 3.97 ERA, but in that time he also has a 4.63 FIP and has rated below replacement level. He’s struggled with walks all season, and in his last four starts he’s walked 12 batters in 22.2 innings.
PIT Vance Worley vs. DET Rick Porcello | Avg. Price: $71.70 | Get-in Price: $24
The series shifts over to Detroit for the highest average of the four games. Tickets on the secondary market are currently averaging $71.70 for the game with a $24 get-in price. Rick Porcello is making the start for the Tigers, and he actually leads the team with a 3.09 ERA. In 148.1 innings pitched he is third on the team with a 2.6 WAR, and has the best walk rate on the team.
PIT Francisco Liriano vs. DET Max Scherzer | Avg. Price: $65.62 | Get-in Price: $25
Following up on his Cy Young-winning Max Scherzer is once again the Tigers best pitcher. He leads the team with a 4.2 WAR, while pitching a team-leading 161 innings. He is also tied for the team lead with 13 wins and has the most strikeouts on the team. His 2.88 FIP is second on the team, trailing only Anibal Sanchez. Tickets are averaging $65.62 for the game with a $25 get-in price.