The NL East has quickly turned into a two-team race with the Miami Marlins falling off their early season trajectory. The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves are just half a game apart, and have been jockeying for first in the division pretty much all season. Washington has a chance to gain some ground this week with the Colorado Rockies the next team on the Nationals schedule. The Rockies have easily been the worst team in baseball in the month of June with an 8-19 record and a run differential of -44. Nationals tickets are averaging $26.33 for the series for a 55 percent drop from the team’s season average. To put that in perspective, the Nationals already had the cheapest average ticket price in the MLB.
6/30 COL Yohan Flande vs. WAS Jordan Zimmerman | Avg. Price: $32 | Get-in Price: $14 (Harper Bobblehead)
Fans attending the first game of the series will get a free Bryce Harper bobblehead, with the young phenom set to return to the lineup after a long stint on the DL. The sluggers return also coincides with the most expensive Nats vs Rockies tickets of the series with a $32 average and a $14 get-in price. The Nationals will also send righty Jordan Zimmerman to the mound, who has arguably been the team’s best pitcher. Zimmerman is just behind the team lead with 2.3 wins above replacement (WAR) and a 2.79 FIP. He leads the team in groundball rate with 48.4 percent of batted balls ending as grounders, and walks less than two batters per nine innings.
7/1 COL Christian Friedrich vs. WAS Stephen Strasburg | Avg. Price: $18 | Get-in Price: $3 (Blanket Giveaway)
Tuesday’s game features another giveaway, with fans attending the game receiving a Nationals Blanket. But even with the promotion prices are easily the cheapest of the series with an $18 average and a $3 get-in price. Game two features the Nationals actual ace with Stephen Strasburg taking the mound. The former number one overall pick has had fanfare surround his starts ever since he entered the minors, and he has lived up to the hype. His 2.4 WAR leads the team, and so does his 104.2 innings pitched. He also strikes out close to 11 batters per nine innings, and leads the team with a 2.77 FIP.
7/2 COL Tyler Matzek vs. WAS Doug Fister | Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $5 (Fireworks)
Doug Fister takes the mound for the Nationals in the final game of the series. Fister has been great since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers in the offseason. He’s lived up to his reputation, walking less than a batter per nine innings, and has the best ERA on the team at 2.83. For those looking to start July 4th celebrations early, there will be a fireworks show after the game. The average price is currently at $29 with a get-in price of $5.