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Almost halfway through the season and so far it has turned out the way the Boston Red Sox had imagined. A season after winning the World Series the Red Sox sit at 36-43, eight games out of first place in a relatively disappointing AL East. But that hasn’t stopped Red Sox tickets from being one of the most expensive in the league this year. The only team with a higher season ticket average is the New York Yankees, who just happen to be the next team on the Red Sox schedule. The Red Sox travel to Yankees Stadium for a three-game series, and tickets are averaging $173.98 a ticket, which is a premium of 20 percent over season average for Yankees tickets.

6/27 BOS Brandon Workman at NYY Vidal Nuno | Avg. Price: $241.09 | Get-in Price: $73

The first game of the series is easily the most expensive. It’s only game with an average over $200, and it might be the worst pitching matchup of the series. The advantage is definitely with the Red Sox, though, who send youngster Brandon Workman to the mound. Workman is in his first full season in the majors after making his debut last July. He’s coming back after a short suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria, but was great before that. He has pitched to a 3.21 ERA, and has improved every time out. He started the season in the bullpen, but made the move to the rotation after a few injuries hit. He’s likely earned the right to stay there, even as guys work their way back. Tickets are averaging $241.09 for the game with a $73 get-in price.

6/28 BOS Jon Lester at NYY Masahiro Tanaka | Avg. Price: $178.77 | Get-in Price: $50

If you’re looking for a good deal you might want to wait another day. While prices are down for Saturday’s game, they’re still over the Yankees season average, with the average ticket price at $178.77 for the game, and the get-in price currently at $50. But it might be worth the price of admission for this one with aces Jon Lester and Masahiro Tanaka going at it. Lester is currently second to only Felix Hernandez in terms of WAR, and Hernandez has far and away been the best pitcher in the league. The Boston ace has been outstanding in every statistical category despite his team’s overall lackluster performance. As for Tanaka, he has a WAR just a tick below at 3.00 and is currently running away with the AL Rookie of the Year race for the Yanks.

6/29 BOS John Lackey at NYY Chase Whitley | Avg. Price: $102.08 | Get-in Price: $26

Sunday’s game is another advantage for the Red Sox. John Lackey has been almost as good as Lester so far this season, leading the team with 107 innings pitched and still pulling out a 2.7 WAR. Rookie Chase Whitley has been solid for the Yankees since he got called up with a great K/BB, but his 4.07 ERA isn’t in the same class as Lackey. The good news is this game is easily the cheapest of the series. The average price is down to $102.08 and the get-in price is even a relatively affordable $26, or close to half of what it is for Saturday’s game.




Greg Cohen 6/27/2014 03:39:00 PM Edit
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