A little over a week ago the Chicago Cubs took two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Now the two teams meet again at Busch Stadium for a four game set. But even the most recent series between the two historic rivals can’t make fans looks past the six games separating the two teams in the standings, and the league-worst 12 wins the Cubs have to date. St. Louis Cardinals tickets are averaging $30.75 for the series, which is 60 percent below the season average of $76.86.
1) 5/12 CHC Travis Wood vs. STL Tyler Lyons | Avg. Price: $27 | Get-in Price: $3
Travis Wood outdueled Adam Wainwright in the first game of the series between the two teams in Chicago, but it’s probably only coincidence that this game is the second most expensive of the series with an average price of $27. Especially since the get-in price is tied with Tuesday and Wednesday’s game for the cheapest of the series at $3.
2) 5/13 CHC Jake Arrieta vs. STL Adam Wainwright | Avg. Price: $23 | Get-in Price: $3
The cheapest game of the series has ace Adam Wainwright on the mound. Wainwright currently has the lowest ERA of his career at 2.02, but that number probably won’t hold up with his FIP of 2.52 right in line with last season’s number that led to a 2.94 ERA. Not that any Cardinals fan would complain with those numbers. Opposing him is Jake Arrieta who kept the Cardinals scoreless back in Chicago.
3) 5/14 CHC Jason Hammel vs. STL Michael Wacha | Avg. Price: $26 | Get-in Price: $3
Prices don’t move a ton for Wednesday’s game. With an average price of $26, prices are right around the average of the first three games. Just like Wainwright did little to raise prices, Wacha’s presence doesn’t seem to help much despite pitching better than he did in his breakout rookie year. It’s also been a breakout year for Jason Hammel who easily has the lowest ERA of his career at 2.45 in 47.2 innings. It’s his first year with the Cubs after spending the last couple years with the Orioles, and at 31 it’s hard to imagine Hammel will be able to keep this up, especially since he has a lucky .203. But he’s also walking batters at the lowest rate of his career, and only 16.5% of balls in play have been line drives.
4) 5/15 CHC Jeff Samardzija vs. STL Lance Lynn | Avg. Price: $47 | Get-in Price: $8
Former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza told Jeff Samardzija if he wants to get to a winning team he’s going to have to pitch his way off the Cubs. So far Samardzija has done just that with a 1.45 ERA despite having his worst career strikeout rate since 2010. He’s benefitting from an increase in groundballs that’s helped him strand more runners and give up less homeruns. It’s likely just coincidence, though, that he’s pitching in the most expensive game of the series with an average price of $47. That number is easily the largest of the series, and might have more to do with a Thursday matinee during a week of nice weather. Even the get-in price is the highest of the series at $8, a number that is almost as much as the three previous games combined.