The 2015 MLB season hasn’t gone quite as planned for the Miami Marlins, who are one game away from the cellar in the NL East and have already moved on to another manager. That’s not what you want to hear for a team supposedly stacked with offensive firepower and a stable of solid pitchers entering the campaign.
The problem? That offensive firepower, although loaded with talent, has been inconsistent and that quality stable of pitchers hasn’t nearly met expectations. Giancarlo Stanton can hit the long ball (15 homers and 44 RBI), but needs some help within the lineup. Dee Gordon has done nicely in his first year in Miami, hitting for a high average, but offers zero power potential. On the pitching side of things, Dan Haren (five wins with 43 K’s) has been the team’s most productive hurler after almost retiring this past offseason, but the likes of Tom Koehler and Mat Latos have been severely underwhelming.
As bad as it looks right now for Miami, the talent is there for a turnaround. The Marlins need more consistency from their hitting and their pitching to step up, but June offers plenty of opportunity for the team to regain their footing. Let’s analyze their cheapest and most expensive games to see how they might fare this month:
Cheapest – 6/6/2015 @ Colorado Rockies | Avg: $35 | Get-in: $5
Stanton is one of the few players in baseball who commands a lot of attention with each trip to the plate, and he’ll surely draw some extra attention for each at-bat with a trip to hitter-friendly Coors Field. The Rockies give up a ton of runs and any opponent has a shot at going off in their ballpark, which could be the perfect setting for a Miami explosion. Needless to say, there is tremendous value in Marlins tickets for this June 6 game, which could give Miami fans a good offensive show, and may serve as a springboard toward a potential run. With better starting pitcher than the Rockies, the Marlins could secure a series victory in the Rocky Mountains.
Most Expensive – 6/16/2015 VS. New York Yankees | Avg: $218.60 | Get-in: $48
Marlins tickets spike up considerably ten days later when they host the ever popular Yankees. Tickets to a Yankees game are never cheap, no matter the venue, but this matchup beefs up even their pricing (usually just over $183 on average) and Miami fans get to take in one of the most storied franchises in all of professional sports. New York isn’t an easy opponent, either, as they bring heavy bats (235 runs scored) and a first-place standing in the ultra-competitive AL East. The Yanks will want to take care of business in this rare Interleague meeting, but are just .500 on the road at 15-15.