After managing to remain in the playoff race for most of the season, the New York Yankees are slowly finding their chances dwindling. They’ve lost four games in a row leaving them eight games back in the division, and five games out of the second wild card spot. They’re next on the Tampa Bay Rays schedule, another team that’s a long shot at a playoff berth. After starting off the year poorly the Rays were actually gaining momentum in the second half, but the trade of ace David Price seems to have stunted the Rays progress, as they currently sit 10 games out of first. It would be a huge comeback for the team to make the postseason. Rays tickets are averaging $92.14 for the series on the secondary market, up eight percent from the team’s season average.
8/15 NYY Brandon McCarthy vs. TB Alex Cobb | Avg. Price: $76.26 | Get-in Price: $30
Last season Alex Cobb had a fantastic season for the Rays, and he has pretty much kept it up this year. While his ERA is down close to a run, his FIP is almost identical and his K/BB is the best of his career. He also has a better ground ball rate this year, a number that is the second best of his four-year career. Rays vs Yankees tickets are the cheapest of the series with a $76.26 average and $30 get-in price. There’s also an added bonus with fans attending the game receiving a free Rays themed cooler.
8/16 NYY Shane Greene vs. TB Drew Smyly | Avg. Price: $107.10 | Get-in Price: $44
The most expensive game of the series features the newest Rays pitcher. Tickets are averaging $107.10 for the Saturday game with a $44 get-in price to see Drew Smyly make his third start with Tampa Bay. Smyly was one of the pieces the Rays acquired when they shipped Price out at the trade deadline as part of a three-team trade. In his last start, Smyly went 7.2 innings allowing just six base runners while striking out nine in a shutout of the Texas Rangers.
8/17 NYY Hiroki Kuroda vs. TB Jeremy Hellickson | Avg. Price: $93.07 | Get-in Price: $35
Jeremy Hellickson gets the final start of the series for the Rays. His ERA is outstanding so far at 2.03, but he’s only made five starts this season. He also has a FIP of 3.88 that makes it seem likely he’s bound to regress. That’s especially true when you realize a 3.88 FIP would tie the best number of his career, and it would be the lowest he’s ever put up in over 40 innings. The average price of the game is $93.01 and the get-in price is $35.