The Washington Nationals host four games against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park this weekend. While Nationals tickets have seen a season average of just $55, each of the series’ four games will see an average price below that number. The series as a whole is 26% below Washington’s season average. The Nationals schedule has the two teams meeting this weekend for the third time this season and will be the second of three series played at Nationals Park.
6/19 – Gavin Floyd vs Jordan Zimmermann | Avg. Price: $28 | Get-in Price: $7
The series begins Thursday night when Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the Nationals against Gavin Floyd of the Braves. The average price for Nationals vs Braves tickets is $28, the lowest of the series and 49% below season average, with a get-in price of $7. Zimmerman has impressed, going 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA over 14 starts. Floyd has started eight games this season and has seen moderate results at 1-2 with a similar 2.98 ERA, though the young right-hander has only pitched 48.1 innings.
6/20 – Mike Minor vs Stephen Strasburg | Avg. Price: $43 | Get-in Price: $15
The second game of the series will feature Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg against Braves lefty Mike Minor. The average price for Friday Nationals vs Braves tickets is $43, 21.8% below season average, with a get-in price of $15. Though Strasburg has been deemed a phenom since his rookie season in 2010, the 25-year-old has seen mixed results in the Majors due to several injuries, including Tommy John surgery that cut his season short in 2010. He is 6-5 with a 3.06 ERA over 15 starts this season, but has had several games where he hasn’t had his best stuff. Minor has struggled, going 2-4 with a 4.42 ERA over nine starts this season.
6/21 – Julio Teheran vs Doug Fister | Avg. Price: $48 | Get-in Price: $12
Saturday night’s game will have trade acquisition Doug Fister take the hill for the Nationals against the Braves’ Julio Teheran. The average price for Saturday Braves vs Nationals tickets is currently $48, the highest of the series but still 12.7% below season average, with a get-in price of $12. Fister was rocked by the Cardinals in his last outing as he gave up four runs in an early exit, but the pitcher has found success this season, going 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA. Teheran has been impressive for the Braves after pitching for a 6-4 record and 2.31 ERA over 15 starts this season.
6/22 – Ervin Santana vs Tanner Roark | Avg. Price: $46 | Get-in Price: $4
The final game of the series will be held on Sunday afternoon and will feature Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark against the Braves’ Ervin Santana. The average price for Sunday Nationals vs Braves tickets is $46, 16.3% below season average, with a get-in price of just $4, the lowest of the series. The first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park Sunday will also receive a free hat as a part of Cap Day and kids will be allowed to run the bases after the game. Roark has gone 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 starts while Santana enters Sunday’s game at 5-4 with a 4.12 ERA over 13 starts.
After a four-game stint with the Nationals, the Braves schedule has the team traveling to Houston for three games against the Astros. Atlanta won’t return home until June 30 when they host a series against the New York Mets. The Nationals begin a seven-game road trip following the Braves series as they show up for three games on the Brewers schedule in Milwaukee and four more on the Chicago Cubs schedule at Wrigley Field.
As part of a tight NL East division, both the Nationals and Braves could gain significant ground over this weekend’s series. The Nationals have secured first place at just 37-33, but the Braves trail by just 1.5 games at 36-35.