Disappointing Marlins Still Seeing Steady Ticket Transactions

Miami Marlins

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.

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MLB-Best Cardinals Continue To Draw Consistent Ticket Sales

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The St. Louis Cardinals seem to do this every year. Even when few baseball experts peg them as the team to beat, they rise up and dominate the standings or make a late push and become a playoff favorite. Here they are, yet again, taking over the league with a 33-18 mark as June welcomes the 2015 MLB season to the first true month of summer.

St. Louis has been fantastic for much of the year, but mostly utilized a strong May to push themselves up atop the entire league. That’s thanks in large part to their tremendous balance as they’ve received outstanding pitching from young Michael Wacha (seven wins with a 2.27 ERA), and solid work from the likes of Lance Lynn (67 strikeouts) and Carlos Martinez (five wins and 64 K’s). That balance also refers to an offense that has also made notable contributions, as the Cardinals have been led by the efficient Matt Holliday (batting .318 with 24 RBI) and Matt Carpenter (8 homers and 27 RBI).

While some didn’t see it coming before the season started, the Cardinals now look like a top-three team in Major League Baseball and legitimate World Series contenders. Let’s gauge how June could go for them as we break down their cheapest and most expensive games on the schedule, with information provided by RazorGator.com:

Cheapest – 6/7/2015 @ Los Angeles Dodgers | Avg: $31 | Get-in: $4

This is a very odd game to come so cheap when it comes to Cardinals tickets, as it features a massive matchup between two of the best and most storied teams in the league. That alone is interesting, but when you factor in that Dodgers tickets are over $96 on average for the year, the pricing here is beyond a steal. It won’t be easy for the Cardinals to march into Dodger Stadium and get the win, but there’s no doubt there will be the potential for a very compelling ballgame, as it usually is between these two clubs, such as in recent postseasons. Add in that this game includes a beach towel giveaway, and Dodgers and Cardinals fans are clearly getting a mega steal here early in June.

Most Expensive – 6/27/2015 VS. Chicago Cubs | Avg: $196.61 | Get-in: $67

We go from a pretty unbelievable deal to the Card’s priciest game of the month. This one makes sense, as they prepare to duke it out with their hated rivals, the Chicago Cubs. This game needs little hype, but the fact that the Cubs are the Cardinals’ main competition for the NL Central crown this year really spices things even more, especially considering how downtrodden Chicago has been over the past handful of years. Cardinals tickets are almost $100 more expensive than their season average in this showdown, while June sports just two other games in the entire month that ask St. Louis fans to fork over more cash. This could end up being as intense of a battle as we’ll see all season in the NL Central.

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Astros Four-Game Set with New York Yankees Team’s Most Expensive June Tickets

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The best team in the American League through the first 50 games is your Houston Astros. Let that sink in. The franchise that hasn’t won 80 games since the 2008 season is 33-20 entering June 3.

Houston has a 4-game lead on the Los Angeles Angels and a 5.5-game lead on the re-emerging Texas Rangers. The closest team to the Astros for American League supremacy is another unexpected powerhouse, the Minnesota Twins, who are 30-20.

Minute Maid Park is turning into one of the more difficult ballparks for opposing teams to find victories in, as the Astros are 18-12 at home this season. With fans filling up the park night-in and night-out to see their young, talented players grow with confidence, the Astros may only get more dangerous as the season continues.

Here is a list of the most and least expensive Houston Astros tickets on the secondary market for their games in June, according to RazorGator.com.

Most Expensive: 6/25-28/2015 | Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees | Minute Maid Park | Average Price: $190.66

The four most expensive Houston Astros tickets in June on the secondary market are all four home games in their series with the New York Yankees. The most expensive is the series opener on June 25, with an average ticket price of $202.79 and a get-in price of $23. The other three games have average ticket prices between $174.50 and $196.54 a, and get-in prices of $22 (as of 6/3). Additionally on June 26, there is a postgame fireworks show at Minute Maid Park. The Yankees hold a slim, one-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East division, and this should be a test for both clubs.

6/29/2015 | Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals | Minute Maid Park | Average Price: $127.27 | Get-in Price: $10

6/30/2015 | Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals | Minute Maid Park | Average Price: $124.16 | Get-in Price: $10

Two organizations in a familiar position square off to conclude the month of June. The Royals saw their franchise plan come into fruition during a thrilling ride to the 2014 World Series from a Wild Card position, and haven’t let up in ‘15, being right around first place in the AL Central. Both teams went through long periods of non-competitive baseball, but seemed to have turned the page on those dark periods to evolve into legitimate contenders.

Least Expensive: 6/17-18/2015 | Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros | Coors Field | Average Price: $34 | Get-in Price: $3

Catch the Astros for less than $5 when they take on the Colorado Rockies on the road in the middle of the month. Expect the Astros to put up some runs during the road trip, as the Rockies are 8-14 at home this season. Coors Field is known for being the friendliest ballpark for opposing hitters, and with the Astros being 15-8 on the road this season, they might put a few crooked numbers on the scoreboard throughout this series. Generally, games in Colorado are usually entertaining for the offense alone.

 

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Postgame MercyMe Concert Brings Ticket Price Increase For Mariners-Astros Game in June

Felix Hernandez

Questions about starting a winning streak or ending a losing streak usually are answered when Felix Hernandez is on the mound. Although the Mariners are struggling, the franchise’s ace has been putting up quality performance after quality performance to give the team multiple chances at turning points.

In their first game in June, the New York Yankees lit up Hernandez for seven earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched. The Mariners are three games under .500 exactly 50 games into the season and trail the Houston Astros by 7.5 games for the division-lead.

Even though Hernandez showed he is indeed human, the Mariners still search for a launching point for their 2015 season. With an eventual dry spot bound to occur for the Astros, Seattle can still be optimistic about being in the playoff race.

Below are the most and least expensive tickets to Mariners games on the secondary market for the month of June.

Most Expensive: 6/12/2015 | Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners | Minute Maid Park | Average Price: $123.54 | Get-in Price: $12 | Gym Bag Giveaway/Fireworks

6/13/2015 | Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners | Minute Maid Park | Average Price: $119.25| Get-in Price: $16 | MercyMe Concert Postgame

6/14/2015 | Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners | Minute Maid Park | Average Price: $107.58 | Get-in Price: $10 | BBQ Apron Giveaway

This says more about the state of the Houston Astros more than it does about the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners’ three most expensive games in June are road dates at Minute Maid Park. Houston is enjoying their best season in quite some time, having the best record in the American League at 32-20. Each of the three games have entertaining promotional items for the fans, including giveaways, a fireworks show and a MercyMe concert after the game on June 13. This could be one of the most important series of the season for Seattle.

6/18/2015 | Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants | Safeco Field | Average Price: $72.99 | Get-in Price: $23

The Mariners can’t avoid some of the first teams to reach 30 victories. There are five teams with 30 or more victories entering June and the Mariners face two of them in the middle of the month in succession. When digging deeper, the Mariners have a brutal stretch from June 12-24. They play three games at Minute Maid Park, then face the Giants in home-and-home four-game set, and then face the Astros and Kansas City Royals at home. The Mariners will see plenty of quality baseball in the middle of the month.

Least Expensive: 6/4/2015 | Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays | Safeco Field | Average Price: $26 | Get-in Price: $6

The trend of playing quality teams throughout the month just doesn’t stop, as the Rays have been a surprise contender in the early going, hovering around first place in the AL East. The Mariners draw them for their least expensive tickets of the month, and they also have a meeting with the Yankees to kick off the month, meaning they’re facing the top two teams in the AL East division to start off June. It could ultimately be an important stretch for the club.

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San Francisco, Bay Area Fans Get Chance to Ride with (Carlos) Hyde

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After a stellar rookie year, Carlos Hyde is one of the top backs on the 2015 San Francisco 49ers squad. And now, you have a chance to meet him and #RIDEWITHHYDE to the June 2 Giants game at AT&T Park!

One lucky winner and three friends will be picked up by the star RB in an Uber at their home. Then, they’ll #RIDEWITHHYDE to the Tuesday night baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates where they’ll get seats courtesy the Razorgator mobile app. It’s a chance to interact one-on-one with Hyde – snap photos, grab autographs, ask questions! NBD.

Entry is super easy! If you haven’t already done so, download our free mobile app. Under the menu button, select ‘Contests’. Enter code HYDE and your email address before midnight May 28. Winner will be contacted May 29 and will be announced here on our blog and on Twitter.

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Did you know Razorgator is one of the first mobile apps to integrate directly with Uber? Next time you need a ride to your event, just pull up the My Tickets section and find ride fares and pickup times and you’ll have an Uber at your house in minutes.

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