In baseball, a week can change a lot. A week ago the Kansas City Royals were within a couple games of the division lead, after holding it just a few days early. Even the last-place Minnesota Twins were within range of a division lead. Now the Royals have dropped even farther out of the lead with a 3-7 record in their last ten, and the Twins are falling further and further out of the race, currently eight games back. One of the two will see that downward trend continue this week with the Royals heading to Target Field for a three-game series. Twins tickets are averaging $43.33 for the series, down 29 percent from the season average.
6/30 KC Danny Duffy vs. MIN Yohan Pino | Avg. Price: $42 | Get-in Price: $9
Yohan Pino was recalled from the minors for his third start in the majors this season. He had mixed results in his first two starts that led to a 0-1 record and a 6.30 ERA. That’s a bit misleading, with most of his runs given up in a three-inning beating against the hard-hitting Los Angeles Angels. He has great K/BB numbers – in two games he has a 4.50 K/BB, which would be second on the team – which is right in line with his minor league numbers, and has an impressive 1.90 FIP. But while there are plenty of stats that illustrate poor luck for the righty, he’s also a 30-year-old rookie who has an 88 mph fastball and doesn’t project better than a fifth-starter, if he can even achieve that. The average price of the game is $42 and the get-in price is $9.
7/1 KC James Shields vs. MIN Ricky Nolasco | Avg. Price: $41 | Get-in Price: $12
The second game features one of the bigger recent free agent blunders for the Twins in Ricky Nolasco. About the only good thing you can say about him is he has stayed healthy enough to start all 16 games he was in line for so far. But coming off a stellar season for the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers, a 5.74 ERA and 0.5 WAR is far from impressive. It’s not surprising that the Twins vs Royals tickets for this game have the lowest average price of the series at $41, and has a get-in price of $12.
7/2 KC Jason Vargas vs. MIN Kevin Correia | Avg. Price: $47 | Get-in Price: $8
The last game of the series carries the highest average price at $47, and the get-in price is $8. Kevin Correia takes the mound for the Twins and he hasn’t been much better than Nolasco. Jason Vargas, who has been a pleasant surprise in his first season with Kansas City, opposes him. Vargas leads the team with 112.1 innings pitched, and is walking the fewest amount of batters in his career. His current 3.53 ERA would be the best number he’s put up in his career.