Heading into the All-Star Break the Cincinnati Reds were closing in on the top spot in the NL Central. Since then, they’ve been hit by injuries, and haven’t performed particularly well since returning for the second half. They’re currently at .500, after going 2-8 in their most recent slate of games. Still, Cincinnati is only six games back in the division, and the dreadful Arizona Diamondbacks are the next game on the Reds schedule. The Diamondbacks are one of the worst teams in baseball, with the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers the only teams that could be worse. Reds tickets are averaging just $21.33 for the series on the secondary market, reflecting the excitement level the fans to see the Diamondbacks in town. The average is 55 percent below the Reds season average, which is already one of the lowest ticket averages in the league at Great American Ballpark.
7/28 ARI Chase Anderson vs. CIN Homer Bailey | Avg. Price: $18 | Get-in Price: $3
If the Reds are making the postseason this season, it’s going to be on the strength of their pitching. Homer Bailey has always been a reliable pitcher for the Reds, and this season he might be their worst starter. But that’s fine with the Reds, with Bailey making 20 starts, while racking up strikeouts, ground outs, and walking less than three batters per nine innings. His 4.22 ERA and 0.8 WAR are good numbers for a fifth starter. The game has the lowest average price of the series at $18 and the get-in price is an identical $3 for all three games.
7/29 ARI Trevor Cahill vs. CIN Mike Leake | Avg. Price: $22 | Get-in Price: $3
Mike Leake is having a great season that gets overlooked because of the brilliance of Johnny Cueto. Leake is second on the team with 140 innings pitched, and sports the best walk and ground ball rate on the team. He has a 3.73 ERA and a 1.5 WAR that is second on the team. Reds vs Diamondbacks tickets are averaging $22 for the game with a $3 get-in price.
7/30 ARI Wade Miley vs. CIN Alfredo Simon | Avg. Price: $25 | Get-in Price: $3
The final game of the series has the highest average price. That still just comes to $25 and a get-in price of $3. For the third straight season Alfredo Simon has a sub-3.00 ERA. The difference is, this is the first time the 33-year-old is in the starting rotation for the Reds, after being in the bullpen the last two years. Most of the numbers Simon has posted aren’t particularly impressive, but he has a 2.86 ERA that trails only Cueto.