The Atlanta Braves currently find themselves in unfamiliar territory, mired in the middle of a rebuilding phase while the Mets and Nationals compete for their once-familiar spot atop the NL East. At this point in time, it’s about looking to the future.
Despite this, Atlanta has remained relatively competitive for the most part, now being 48-58 on the season after Monday night’s series opening win against the defending champion San Francisco Giants. After all, there’s already a solid core in place, with All-Star Freddie Freeman serving as the main piece to build around, while the likes of Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons have developed into above-average everyday players. The pitching rotation has been solid, too, with All-Star Shelby Miller leading the way.
If there’s one silver lining for fans while their team is working through a rebuilding stretch, it’s that going to the games to see the future unfold is a much more affordable option compared to if the team was a perennial contender again. That’s why Atlanta Braves tickets are cheaper than they usually are, as their upcoming games aren’t as meaningful, being mostly out of the NL Wild Card picture.
After getting done with the Giants, the Braves will welcome the division rival Miami Marlins into town, and interestingly, they also arrive in a similar predicament. While Miami was projected to do some notable things in 2015, they’ve gone in the opposite direction, although superstars Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez missing a considerable amount of time this year has a little something to do with the club’s regression. Even so, Miami, like the Braves, has a nice nucleus of young talent in place, which could make this an interesting series to see where both NL East residents stand at the moment.
Right now, it’s certainly very affordable, as the average ticket price for all four games is just $44, while the get-in price is a measly $3 for three of those contests to see the Marlins and Braves square off. The only instance where it’s not is the most expensive game of the series on Saturday, August 8, when the Braves will issue a neat World Series Ring Giveaway to fans. That game features an average ticket price of $59.52 and a get-in of $12. Fans can also save on Atlanta parking if they go through ParkWhiz.com, which has parking spots available for less than $7.
Despite not being in the NL East race this year, the Braves still look like they have enough talent to get back into the hunt as early as next year, with those youngsters picking up some valuable experience in ’15. The important thing is to have a deep pitching rotation, given how loaded the Mets and Nats are with their own starting pitching, and with their arms of the future, specifically Matt Wisler, Manny Banuelos, and Williams Perez, all getting their feet wet this season, there’s no telling how far they can go in the coming years.