At the start of the season, not many expected the Houston Astros to have a better record than the Tampa Bay Rays at this point in the season. That probably includes members of the Astros. That will be the case, though, when the Rays come to Minute Maid Park for a three game series starting Friday night. Houston has been playing its best baseball over the past month and a half. In the past ten games on the Astros schedule, the team is 7-3. They enter this series with six more wins than the Rays, a preseason World Series favorite.
On the secondary market, Astros tickets for this series will have all three games below the season average of $85.54. The series as a whole is 29% below the season average.
6/13 – Alex Cobb vs Collin McHugh | Avg. Price: $52.91 | Get-in Price: $21
Collin McHugh, along with Dallas Keuchel, has been one of the unexpected success of the Astros season. McHugh, though only 4-3, has struck out 60 batters in just 54.1 innings pitched in 2014. The opposing pitcher for Tampa Bay will be Alex Cobb, who has fallen on some tough luck this season. Cobb is 1-4 with an ERA of 4.39, though his 3.64 FIP suggests he’s pitched slightly better than that. The average price for Friday night Astros vs Rays tickets is 28% below the Astros season average. The get-in price of $21 is the highest of the series.
6/14 – Chris Archer vs Jarred Cosart | Avg. Price: $60.21 | Get-in Price: $19
Jarred Cosart was last year’s surprise success in Houston, though his performance in 2014 has not sustained at that level. Cosart is just 5-5 with a 4.19 ERA in 13 starts. Chris Archer is the only Rays starter with an ERA under 3.50, but Archer has struggled commanding the zone this season, also leading Rays starters in walks allowed. The average price for Saturday’s game is $60.21 is 29.6% below the season average.
6/15 – David Price vs Brad Peacock | Avg. Price: $68.27 | Get-in Price: $19
Father’s Day will have the highest average price of the series, though the price will still be 20% below the season average. Brad Peacock has struggled with his command this year, allowing a team leading 4.9 walks per nine innings. David Price has been just the opposite this season, issuing only 10 total walks in 99.2 innings. Price is averaging 10 strikeouts per nine innings and 11.1 strikeouts per walk on the season.
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