The Cincinnati Reds travel to southern Pennsylvania tonight when they begin a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets have had a season average of $65.68, but each of the three games this week will see an average price well below that number.
6/17 – Johnny Cueto vs Brandon Cumpton | Avg. Price: $22 | Get-in Price: $4
The series begins tonight as the Pirates send Brandon Cumpton to the mound against Reds ace Johnny Cueto. The average price for Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds tickets for the opening game of the series is just $22, the lowest of the series and 66.5% below season average, with a get-in price of $4. Cumpton has managed to win the last two games he’s started despite giving up five earned runs in 10.1 innings. The 25-year-old righty is 2-2 with a 6.06 ERA through six starts this season. Johnny Cueto is finally starting to reach his potential this season as he’s allowed just 21 earned runs in 102 innings, good enough for a 1.85 ERA over 14 starts.
6/18 – Alfredo Simon vs Edinson Volquez | Avg. Price: $26 | Get-in Price: $4
The second game of the series will feature the Pirates’ Edinson Volquez against Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon. The average price for Wednesday Pirates vs Reds tickets is $26, 60.4% below season average, with a get-in price of $4. Volquez will have his work cut out for him against Simon, who has already recorded 9 wins and just a 2.95 ERA. Volquez sits at 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA through 13 starts.
6/19 – Homer Bailey vs Jeff Locke | Avg. Price: $32 | Get-in: $5
The finale of the series will be played Thursday afternoon and will see Pirates lefty Jeff Locke pitch against the Reds’ Homer Bailey. The average price for Thursday Pirates vs Reds tickets is $32 with a get-in price of $5. Despite being the highest priced game of the series on the secondary market, average price for the final game of the series is still 51.3% below the Pirates season average. Locke has failed to record a win this year, going 0-1 with a 3.98 ERA, but is 2-1 with a 3.04 in five career starts against the Reds. Homer Bailey is 7-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts this season.
The Pirates schedule has the two teams meeting for the third time this season during the week. In two previous series, the Pirates lost two out of three to the Reds in mid-April while also being swept in three games the following week. Pittsburgh will look for retribution this week when the Reds return to PNC Park.
While both teams sit below .500 at this point in the season, the NL Central is still up for grabs. The Brewers have impressed the league with a first place record of 42-29, but the Pirates trail by just seven games at 34-35 while the Reds follow directly behind at 33-35. Both teams will hope to reach the .500 mark and make some ground on the Brewers when they battle in Pittsburgh this week.
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