The 2015 MLB season hasn’t been all roses for the Tampa Bay Rays, but fans can’t ask for much more than a shot at first place in the AL East as July welcomes us all into the heart of summer. The Rays boast a solid 42-35 record going into July, as they’ve done a terrific job on the road and have won games with a solid balance of timely offense and really stingy pitching.
Fans may not have fully expected the Rays to be within striking distance of first place in their division, but a strong July could have them pushing away from a very competitive field. Steven Souza has brought major power (14 homers) to the table, while Chris Archer (9 wins and 133 strikeouts) has been nothing short of elite in pacing the club’s starting rotation. If those two can keep it up, the Rays may be able to start distancing themselves from the likes of the Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays (all separated by no more than one game).
To gauge how July may go for the Rays, let’s break down their cheapest and most expensive tickets for the month according to SeatSmart, while also analyzing the value of Rays tickets:
Cheapest – 7/1/2015 VS. Cleveland Indians | Avg: $32 | Get-in: $7
Fans are getting some serious value to kick off July, as Indians-Rays tickets are a soft $32 on average for this showdown at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay gets a solid chance to creep up the division standings at home, holding a 2-1 edge over the Indians so far in 2015. Cleveland mashes with the best of them on offense (291 runs scored) but they’ve also surrendered 330 runs as a result of some inconsistent pitching. Tampa Bay will look to take advantage in front of their home crowd but regardless of the outcome, this is a great deal considering tickets to see the Tampa Bay Rays are averaging $87.31 on the year. This also ranks amongst the cheapest Cleveland Indians tickets for the month as well.
Most Expensive – 7/18/2015 @ Toronto Blue Jays | Avg: $126.43 | Get-in: $9
Tampa Bay’s most expensive game at Tropicana Field is an anticipated showdown with the rival Orioles, but that actually ends up being a relatively dirt cheap $63.41. Their most expensive affair of the entire month comes on the road in Toronto, against an equally fierce Blue Jays squad. Remember that talk about potentially distancing themselves from an ultra-tough AL East? It begins and ends with wins inside the division, and in the middle of the month, they’ll have a huge clash with a potent Blue Jays offense that leads baseball with 420 runs scored. The good news is Tampa Bay has been stout away from home and they’re 7-3 against Toronto thus far in 2015.