The Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins are well out of the division lead in their respective divisions. The Twins are ten games out in the AL Central, while the Mariners are seven back in the AL West. The difference is the Mariners schedule on the road has told a different story. The team has compiled a 27-18 record away from Safeco Field that’s helped them to the league’s third best run differential at +64. The Mariners 48-40 record would have them tied for first in the AL East, and 1.5 games back in the AL Central. The two teams now have a four-game series in Seattle with Mariners tickets averaging $41, for a 32 percent price drop from the season average.
7/7 MIN Kevin Correia at SEA Hisashi Iwakuma | Avg. Price: $38 | Get-in Price: $14
Hisashi Iwakuma gets the first start for the Mariners, and the only reason he isn’t talked about more is the brilliance of Felix Hernandez. Minus Hernandez, Iwakuma leads the team in WAR despite making just 12 starts, thanks to a minuscule walk rate of just 0.89 BB/9. He also has a ground ball rate at 54.7 percent, a 3.33 ERA and a 2.84 FIP if you adjust for ballpark. But the Monday night Mariners vs Twins tickets have the cheapest average price of the series at $38 and a get-in price of $14.
7/8 MIN Phil Hughes at SEA Chris Young | Avg. Price: $41 | Get-in Price: $14
Chris Young starts game two and despite a 3.18 ERA and an 8-4 record, there is reason to worry. He’s a fly ball pitcher with poor strikeout numbers, and a less-than-stellar walk rate. He’s surviving off an unsustainably low BABIP of .203, and a solid home run-to-fly ball ratio of 8.2 percent. But the 35-year-old has performed well whenever he’s been healthy, even while putting up similar numbers. The average price of the game is $41, with a get-in price of $14.
7/9 MIN Kyle Gibson at SEA Roenis Elias | Avg. Price: $42 | Get-in Price: $12
A couple rookies face off in the third game of the series. Kyle Gibson had a rough major league debut last season, compiling a 6.53 ERA in ten starts, but he’s picked it up this year. In 95 innings he’s posted the second best WAR on the team at 1.4, and his 3.79 FIP is second on the team for all qualified starters. He’s a ground ball pitcher that’s also walking just a solid 7.1 percent of batters. Roenis Elias has been similarly effective for the Mariners. He’s posted a 7-7 record in 109.2 innings, and ranks third on the team with a 0.9 WAR. The average price of the game is $42 and the get-in price is $12.
7/10 MIN Yohan Pino at SEA TBD | Avg. Price: $43 | Get-in Price: $11
The final game of the series has the cheapest get-in price at $11, but the most expensive average price at $43. Granted both figures are right around the series average. The Mariners have yet to announce their starter, but the Twins are sending out in Yohan Pino. Pino deserves a much better fate than what his 4.98 ERA indicates. He’s second behind Phil Hughes with a 3.02 FIP, displaying a good K/BB ratio of 3.00, and displaying an ability to keep the ball in the park. But as a career minor leaguer, who’s making his debut at the age of 30, it’s easy to envision some of those numbers falling off a bit. The one feather in his cap is a stellar Triple-A campaign for the Twins before his call-up, that saw him earn a 1.92 ERA in 61 innings.