The Atlanta Braves won the NL East last season, and looked to be on their way to the same thing this year, but their offense has sputtered so far this season and now the Braves are only 40-38 and a game out of first. So far into the Braves schedule they’ve posted a -14 run differential, which is worse than the figure the 33-44 Chicago Cubs have put up. The Philadelphia Phillies are 36-42 and have a run differential of -26, but are only five games out of first in the NL East. The Braves are the next team on the Phillies schedule, with a four-game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies tickets are averaging $68.58 for this series on the secondary market, which is 17.5 percent below the Phillies season average.
6/27 – ATL Julio Teheran at PHI Kyle Kendrick | Avg. Price: $75.13 | Get-in Price: $24
Kyle Kendrick is right around his career average, and is actually pitching better than he did last season for the Phillies. But that still has just led to a 4.20 ERA and FIP and WAR numbers that are not much better. Julio Teheran gets the start for the Braves, and he has truly been their ace this season. He leads the Braves with 112 innings pitched, a 2.41 ERA and a 1.7 WAR. The average price of the game is the most expensive of the series at $75.13 and the get-in price is $24. There will be fireworks for fans after the game.
6/28 – Game 1 ATL Ervin Santana at PHI Roberto Hernandez | Avg. Price: $58.50 | Get-in Price: $17
The second game of the series is the cheapest with an average price of $58.50 and a get-in price of $17. It makes sense with the Phillies worst starter taking the mound, and the first game of a doubleheader. Roberto Hernandez has come in well below replacement level with a sky-high walk rate, and a 4.52 ERA. Ervin Santana opposes him for the Braves, and after a strong start to the season, Santana has evened out. He’s 5-5 with a 4.15 ERA.
6/28 – Game 2 ATL David Hale at PHI Sean O’Sullivan | Avg. Price: $72.92 | Get-in Price: $21
Prices jump back up for Saturday’s night game for an average price of $72.92, with Sean O’Sullivan on the mound for the Phillies. It’s the first start of the season for O’Sullivan who made seven appearances for the San Diego Padres last season. David Hale makes his fourth start of the season for the Braves. Hale started the season in the bullpen after making two starts last season. He has a 2.31 ERA, but a pretty terrible K/BB ratio. The get-in price is $21.
6/29 – ATL Aaron Harang at PHI David Buchanan| Avg. Price: $67.78 | Get-in Price: $23
David Buchanan has been just replacement level for the Phillies in his seven starts so far this year. He has a 4.79 ERA and a FIP of 4.87 despite a 4-3 record. The Braves send Aaron Harang to the mound, and he’s been stellar for them. He has recorded the most strikeouts on the team and the second most innings. The average price of the game is $67.78 and the get-in price is $23.