The Rangers have just been dealt the very difficult blow of learning that the big time slugger they traded for this offseason, Prince Fielder, will be out for the rest of the year after opting for surgery on his neck after he was unable to play through the pain since injuring it. Fielder was acquired from the Detroit Tigers for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler in the offseason, a deal that is looking bleaker and bleaker for Texas as time progresses. Now the Rangers will turn to Mitch Moreland to be their everyday first baseman with Fielder out the remainder of the year.
This news could not have come at a worse time for the Rangers as they are presently five games back in the AL West trailing both the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels, respectfully. The Rangers still have time to make up ground as they will play Oakland and LA 17 more times before the close of the regular season.
Texas’ priciest game against either of those two teams comes on September 27th against the A’s in their second to last game which is going for an average ticket price of $124. Nonetheless, even that is still 33% less than their most expensive game of the season on July 28th versus the New York Yankees, currently averaging $166. In fact, each of the top three games on the Rangers schedule all come in that series against the Bronx Bombers as Texas Rangers tickets for the next two games have an average price of $148 and then $137.
Texas Rangers tickets have gone up by 8% since the start of the season to average just below $90 at home. Yet, it is doubtful that will remain the case moving forward as Texas will most likely see ticket prices fall as a result of losing Fielder, arguably one of their best everyday players on the team, along with Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. The only question that remains to be seen is by how much will they fall moving forward.