The New York Mets had the best record in the National League in July, but still trail the Washington Nationals by eight games in the NL East. They have an opportunity to catch up a bit with a three game series against the Nationals on the docket. But the Nationals schedule hasn’t slowed them down much so far, with the team still sporting one of the most complete teams in the league. Their +76 run differential trails only the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics in all of baseball. Nationals tickets are averaging $49.93 for the series, which is up 35 percent from their season average.
NYM Zack Wheeler vs. WAS Gio Gonzalez | Avg. Price: $93.78 | Get-in Price: $48
The first game of the series is easily the most expensive. The first 25,000 Nationals fans in the stadium will receive a Jayson Werth gnome bobblehead, to celebrate the right fielder. The game is averaging $93.78 with a $48 get-in price. Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and while he’s been great since coming over in a trade with the A’s a few years ago, he might be the team’s fourth best starter this year. That just shows how stacked the Nationals rotation has been this season.
NYM Jon Niese vs. WAS Doug Fister | Avg. Price: $27 | Get-in Price: $5
Mets pitcher Jon Niese has struggled since he hit the DL early in July, but his last time out he lasted eight innings against the Giants. Problem is he gave up five runs, even though just three were earned. Plus the Nationals lineup will be much tougher than the Giants, and they have Doug Fister on the mound. Fister has maintained a 2.68 ERA, which is the best on the team. While fielding independent numbers suggests that ERA should be way worse, he’s doing plenty to help himself, including having the team’s lowest walk rate by far. The average price of Nats vs Mets tickets for the game is $27 and the get-in price is $5.
NYM Jacob deGrom vs. WAS Jordan Zimmerman | Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $5
The price for the final game of the series is only a little more expensive than Wednesday night’s game. The average price is $29 and the get-in price is $5. Jordan Zimmerman gets the start for the Nationals, and he is right up there with Stephen Strasburg when it comes to numbers. He just barely trails Strasburg in both FIP and WAR, posting a 2.74 FIP to Strasburg’s 2.73, and 3.3 WAR to Strasburg’s 3.4. But he’s opposed by Jacob deGrom, who has been the Mets best starter since the rookie got the call to the majors. deGrom just won rookie of the month honors, and has a 2.77 ERA, 2.97 FIP and 1.7 WAR in 15 starts.