The new look Detroit Tigers will have there work cut out for them enter the 2015 MLB season. Last year’s stellar regular season crusade was overshadowed by an abrupt early exist from the 2014 postseason, at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles, who swept the Tigers 3-0 in the American League Division Series. Detroit had high expectation heading into last postseason, finishing the regular season with a record of 90-72, as the American League Central Division winners. The Tigers were defined by an outstanding offensive display, finishing the regular season with the highest batting average in all of the MLB. This .277 combined team batting average was coupled by another standout statistic as they scored a total of 757 runs, which ranked them as the 2nd highest scoring team in the league.
To have another strong year, the Tigers will need be among the prolific offenses once again this season as they prepare for life after losing pitcher Max Scherzer to the Washington Nationals through free agency. The offensive firepower of the Tigers is reflected in the ticket prices headed into this season. Detroit Tigers tickets on the secondary market for home games currently average $271.41. However, Tiger’s fans can rest assured knowing that tickets not all home games will be this expensive.
The Tigers home opener this season will be on Monday, April 6th against American League Central Division rivals the Minnesota Twins. Last season the teams played a total of 21 times with the Tigers going 9-11 overall, recording five wins and five losses in the 10 meetings at Comerica Park. Tigers vs. Twins tickets are currently available on the secondary market at an average price of $225.32. For fans contemplating attending, lower priced tickets can be found as this match-up features a get-in ticket price of $136.00. Tickets have trended down just 2% in the past week.
Fans can rejoice knowing that not all early season home games will cost big bucks. The third and final meeting of the Tigers first home stand against the Twins will feature the season’s least expensively priced home game. Manager Brad Ausmus and the Tigers will look to close out the trio of games when they square off on Thursday April 9th. Tigers vs. Twins tickets are currently available at an appetizing average price of $36. Less expensively priced tickets can also purchased, as the current get-in price stands at $5.
Second basemen Ian Kinsler was a main part of Detroit’s success in 2014, having one of his best seasons of his career. Kinsler will aim to continue this when the Tigers take on his ex-team the Texas Rangers on Sunday August 23rd. This, the conclusion of a four game home stand, will be the fourth of seven meeting between the American League opponents. Last season, the Tigers went 4-3 against the Rangers, winning all three games played at home. Tigers vs. Rangers tickets are currently available at an average price of $451.04. With a get-in ticket price of $17, this will be the last chance Tigers fans have to see them at on the Rangers at Comerica Park.
In addition to losing Max Scherzer, Detroit will need to fill another starting pitching void. Acquiring outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to replace center fielder Torii Hunter cost them 26-year-old right-hander Rick Porcello. The Tigers will call on Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene to replace the pitching duo. Pitching was the weak spot of Detroit last season, as the offense carried a pitching staff that sported an ERA of 4.01. Returning with major offensive contributors such as designated hitter Victor Martinez and first basemen Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers will need the duo to once again step up in order to challenge for their fifth consecutive division title.