In what has been another disappointing year for the Minnesota Twins, the team finds itself 10 games under .500 and in last place in the AL Central as they travel to O.co Coliseum to play the Oakland A’s for four games over the weekend. The A’s have found contrasting success, owning the best record in baseball while sitting atop the AL West all season long. The Athletics schedule will host the Twins this weekend for the final time this season. As they get set to welcome the Twins, the season average for Oakland A’s tickets is $59.92 on the secondary market and the first two games of the series will see an average below that price while the latter half will be above season average. The series as a whole is still 13% below the season average.
8/7 – Yohan Pino vs Jon Lester | Avg. Price: $36 | Get-in Price: $18
The series begins Thursday night as newly acquired ace Jon Lester takes the mound for the A’s against Twins pitcher Yohan Pino. According to TiqIQ, the average secondary price for Thursday A’s vs Twins tickets is $36, the cheapest of the series at 39.9% below the season average, and will have a get-in price of $18. Lester impressed in his debut for Oakland last weekend, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 innings and earning his first win in an A’s uniform against Kansas City. The 30-year-old rookie Pino has been a reliable source for the Twins since his callup in mid-June and has gone 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA .
8/8 – Kyle Gibson vs Scott Kazmir | Avg. Price: $43 | Get-in Price: $10
Friday’s game will feature A’s lefty Scott Kazmir against the Twins’ Kyle Gibson. The average price for Friday A’s vs Twins tickets is $43 on the secondary market, 28.2% below the season average, with a get-in price of $10. Kazmir has had a breakout season for the A’s and has become a pivotal factor in a deep Oakland rotation. The southpaw is 12-4 this season with a 2.53 ERA. Gibson has also been solid for the Twins, garnering 10 wins along with a 3.93 ERA this season.
8/9 – TBA vs Jeff Samardzija | Avg. Price: $69.34 | Get-in Price: $36
The third game of the series will be played on Saturday and will have A’s ace Jeff Samardzija against a Twins pitcher to be named later. The average secondary price for Saturday A’s vs Twins tickets is $69.34, the most expensive game of the series at 15.7% above season average, and will see a get-in price of $36. After being acquired from the Cubs shortly before the All-Star break, Samardzija has settled in nicely for the A’s, going 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA and has completed at least seven innings in five of his six starts for the A’s this season.
8/10 – Phil Hughes vs Jason Hammel | Avg. Price: $60.98 | Get-in Price: $25
Jason Hammel will get the nod for the A’s against Phil Hughes in the series finale on Sunday. The average price for Sunday A’s vs Twins tickets is $60.98 on the secondary market, 1.7% above season average, with a get-in price of $25. Hammel has been the unfortunate eyesore in an otherwise heavy starting rotation for the A’s, posting just a 1-4 record and 7.15 ERA since being traded from the Cubs. Like Gibson, Hughes has been an integral part to any success the Twins have had this season. The righty is 11-8 with a 4.01 ERA.