The fate of the two Mid-Atlantic area teams – the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals – seem to be tied. Both teams made playoff runs just two seasons ago that reinvigorated their respective fan bases. Last season the two failed to build on that and make the postseason, but this season the two are back on track. The first half of the Orioles schedule is almost complete and the team sits at first in the AL East with a 48-40 record. Washington has a slightly better record at 48-39, but are not in first. That has little to do with the Nationals schedule recently, and more with the surging Atlanta Braves. The Braves are half a game up in the NL East thanks to a recent 9-1 run. The two teams face each other in a four-game series split between the two parks. The first two games of the series are in Washington, and Nationals tickets are actually down 33 percent from their season average for the two games for a $39 average. Orioles tickets are down 23 percent for a $57.26 average.
7/7 BAL Chris Tillman vs. WAS Stephen Strasburg | Avg. Price: $41 | Get-in Price: $14
If you saw Stephen Strasburg had a 7-6 record and a 3.53 ERA you probably wouldn’t be incredibly impressed. But a 5.46 K/BB ratio including 10.50 K/9, and a WAR of 2.5 might change your mind. Simply put, Strasburg has continued to be as good as advertised when he was entering the draft several years ago. The average price of the game is $41 and the get-in price is $14.
7/8 BAL Bud Norris vs. WAS Doug Fister | Avg. Price: $37 | Get-in Price: $11
The second game of the series is a little cheaper with an average price of $37 and a get-in price of $11. Doug Fister has been exactly the player the Nationals thought they were getting when they made the trade with Detroit in the offseason. Fister easily has the best walk rate on the team, giving a free pass to less than a batter per nine innings. He also has a 7-2 record and a 2.93 ERA.
7/9 WAS Tanner Roark vs. BAL Wei-Yin Chen | Avg. Price: $55.31 | Get-in Price: $16
The next two games of the series are at Camden Yards, and the price goes up as well. The average for the first game in Baltimore is $55.31 with a get-in price of $16. Wei-Yin Chen gets the start for the Orioles, and he has been one of the team’s better pitchers. He leads the team with an 8-3 record and his 4.4 BB% is easily the best on his team. He also leads the team with a 0.9 WAR.
7/10 WAS Gio Gonzalez vs. BAL Miguel Gonzalez | Avg. Price: $59.20 | Get-in Price: $16
It’s a Gonzalez duel for the final game of the series. Miguel Gonzalez starts for Baltimore, and he’s probably been their worst pitcher. In 14 starts he has a pretty awful 5.06 FIP, and owns the lowest WAR of all qualified pitchers. Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and he’s put up some of the worst numbers of his career. That still means a 3.52 ERA, a 9.16 K/9 and a 1.4 WAR in 13 starts. The average price is the most expensive of the series at $59.20 and the get-in price is $16.