Prior to the season it’d be considered a big deal any time the Tampa Bay Rays appeared on the New York Yankees schedule, but that’s certainly no longer the case. Currently Yankees tickets are averaging $82.14 for the upcoming series, which is 45 percent below the season average. The Rays have been a huge disappointment this season, currently tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst record in baseball. While the Yankees have done better, they’re still just at 41-39 with a -32 run differential that is barely better than the Rays’ -37. But that’s been good enough to keep the Yankees in the division race, just two games behind the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays.
6/30 TB Chris Archer vs. NYY David Phelps | Avg. Price: $72.62 | Get-in Price: $8
Even with the Rays lackluster season, they still can throw out better pitching than the Yankees. Nowhere is that more obvious than the first game of the season where the Yanks are once again forced to send David Phelps out with all the injuries affecting their rotation. Phelps has surprisingly been one of the Yankees better pitchers this season despite fairly pedestrian numbers all across the board. Makes sense that the game is the cheapest of the series with an average of $72.62 and a get-in price of just $8. Meanwhile Chris Archer gets the start for the Rays, and Archer would easily be the second best pitcher behind Masahiro Tanaka on the Yankees. He has 2.2 wins above replacement (WAR) in his 93 innings pitched,
7/1 TB David Price vs. NYY Hiroki Kuroda | Avg. Price: $94.33 | Get-in Price: $12 (Cap Night)
Prices hit the max on Tuesday night, which also happens to be cap night. The average price of the game is $94.33 and the get-in price is $12. The Yankees best pitcher of the series takes the mound, even if that is 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has been better than his 4.23 ERA would indicate, and his walk rate continues to be stellar even as he’s nearing his 40th birthday. But the Rays trot out David Price, who has consistently been one of the best pitchers in baseball. This season he leads the team with 124 innings pitched, a 2.7 WAR and a 1.02 BB/9. His 10.29 K/BB ratio is easily the best in the entire league. Clayton Kershaw is second at 9.73 and Phil Hughes is third at 8.80. No one else even surpasses 7.10.
7/2 TB Jake Odorizzi vs. NYY Vidal Nuno | Avg. Price: $79.48 | Get-in Price: $14 (Gehrig Bobblehead)
The finals game of the season features Vidal Nuno for the Yankees, going up against Jake Odorizzi. Nuno earned his second win his last time out, shutting the Boston Red Sox out over 5.2 innings, but he’s been less than stellar overall. As a starter he’s come in just above replacement level with a 4.85 ERA, and an even worse FIP at 5.07. Meanwhile Jake Odorizzi has had even better strikeout numbers than Price, striking out 10.56 per nine, and earning a 1.7 WAR that would be second on the Yankees. The average price of the game is $79.48 and has a get-in price of $14.