The Milwaukee Brewers are still riding a hot start to remain in first place in the NL Central. While they haven’t exactly been an elite team since April, they hold a two-game lead with a 65-53 record. They very well could keep that lead a week longer as they are the next team on the Chicago Cubs schedule. The Cubs have been one of the worst teams in the league all season, and currently only the Colorado Rockies have a worse record. At 50-66 the Cubs are looking at some of their young players, after shipping away most of their useful veterans before the trade deadline. Chicago Cubs tickets are averaging $56.07 for the series, which is 13 percent below their secondary market season average at Wrigley Field.
8/11 – MIL Yovani Gallardo vs. CHC Jake Arrieta | Avg. Price: $53.48 | Get-in Price: $6
The first game of the series features the most promising starter in the Cubs rotation. Jake Arrieta leads the team with a 3.3 WAR, and a 2.80 ERA. He also has a 2.24 that is easily the best figure on the team, and one of the best in all of baseball. He leads the Cubs in strikeouts in 103 innings and has the best home run rate on the team. Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers tickets are currently averaging $53.48 for the game with a $6 get-in price.
8/12 – MIL Wily Peralta vs. CHC Kyle Hendricks | Avg. Price: $58.60 | Get-in Price: $9
Kyle Hendricks is one of the youngsters the Cubs are trying out. In just five starts, Hendricks has been impressive, posting a 2.10 ERA in 34.1 innings, with a 0.6 WAR and 3.45 FIP. He has a respectable walk rate, but not the greatest strikeout numbers. What helps him is a ground ball rate that is currently over 50 percent. While his numbers indicate his ERA will drop from the elite 2.10 level, he still profiles as a solid starter for the Cubs. Tickets are averaging $58.60 for the game with a $9 get-in price.
8/13 – MIL Kyle Lohse vs. CHC Tsuyoshi Wada | Avg. Price: $60.18 | Get-in Price: $9
The most expensive game of the series is on Wednesday with a $60.18 average and $9 get-in price. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start for the Cubs, and he has been surprisingly solid. He’s a 33-year-old rookie, who hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in all but one start. His last start was against the Tampa Bay Rays, and he went six innings, allowing just five base runners, while striking out six and allowing just two runs.
8/14 – MIL Mike Fiers vs. CHC Edwin Jackson | Avg. Price: $52.03 | Get-in Price: $13
The final start of the series goes to Edwin Jackson. Jackson is having one of the worst seasons of his career, posting a 5.61 ERA in 131.2 innings. While he’s pitched better than that number would indicate, he still walks too many batters and is erratic enough that even with better luck his numbers wouldn’t be much better. Tickets are averaging $52.03 for the game with a $13 get-in price.