The Pittsburgh Pirates will host three games against the Arizona Diamondback at PNC Park this week. Despite a playoff appearance for the first time since 1992 last season, the Pirates have taken a step back this year as they enter this week’s series in fourth place in the NL Central at 42-40. The Pirates schedule has the two teams meeting this week for the first of two series over the regular season. Season average for Pirates tickets is $68.15, one of the lowest averages in the Majors, and each game will see a secondary average price well below that number. The series as a whole will be 60% below the season average.
7/1 – Wade Miley vs Jeff Locke | Avg. Price: $20 | Get-in Price: $3
The series begins tonight with a lefty duel between the Pirates’ Jeff Locke and Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley. The average price for Tuesday Pirates vs Diamondbacks tickets is $20, the lowest of the series at 70.65% below season average, with a get-in price of just $3. Locke enters Tuesday’s start at 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA. Miley has struggled over the season’s first half, posting a 3-6 record and 4.78 ERA in 17 starts.
7/2 – Chase Anderson vs Charlie Morton | Avg. Price: $32 | Get-in Price: $4
The second game of the series will be played Wednesday night and will feature Pirates righty Charlie Morton against the Diamondbacks’ Chase Anderson. The average price for Wednesday Pirates vs Diamondbacks tickets is $23, 66.25% below season average, with a get-in price of $4. Morton takes the mound at just 4-9 but a respectable 3.41 ERA despite his poor record. Anderson is 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA.
7/3 – Brandon McCarthy vs Vance Worley | Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $4
The rubber game of the series will see the Pirates give Vance Worley the nod against D-backs pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The average price for Thursday Pirates vs Diamondbacks tickets is $29, the highest of the series but still 57.4% below season average, with a get-in price of $4. Worley is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA over 20.2 innings in three starts this season. McCarthy has had a forgettable first half, posting just a 2-10 record and 5.11 ERA.
The Diamondbacks schedule pens the team traveling to Atlanta’s Turner Field following their three-game stint in Pittsburgh. While they have had a dismal season at 35-49, the team shows bouts of promise in their young stars like Paul Goldschmidt. The Pirates will hope to turn their moderate season around and make a run this week as the series enters the second half.
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