Pittsburgh Pirates News - 2013 Pirates Updates
4/4/13 – After opening the season at home against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be on the road for the next two series before coming home for three straight against the Cincinnati Reds
, St. Louis Cardinals
, and Atlanta Braves
(in that order). It was the Reds who handed the Pirates their 82nd loss last season, ensuring their losing season. The cheapest series on the Pirates schedule this year is against the St. Louis Cardinals in April with tickets starting at $2 or $3 each day and averaging just $25. All in all, the Cardinals have the sixth cheapest ticket in the League this month.
The beginning of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season looked promising; but then again, it is not unusual for the team to have a strong start. In the past two years, the Pirates baseball team has been over .500 in the first half of the season; but, finish with a losing season. Twenty consecutive seasons to be exact.
So why are the Pittsburgh Pirates staff and players optimistic about 2013? For starters, the future seems bright for the Pirates on the mound. Youngsters Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon could be the additions that this club needs. Experts predict that following a tune-up in Triple A, we will see both these pitchers in the Big Leagues by the end of the season. Despite Closer Joel Hanrahan leaving for Boston, the Coaches and fans alike will look to Jason Grilli and newly acquired Mark Melancon to step up and contribute late. The Club is also hopeful about off-season acquisition, Silver Slug Award winner, and 3-time All-Star Russell Martin; the Pirates need others to help Andrew McCutchen on the offensive side and the team feels Martin can contribute.
The average 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets cost $51 at PNC Park
. The most expensive home series will be played July 2-4 against rival Philadelphia Phillies
with an average ticket price of $91. Don't expect to pay less to watch the Pirates on the road; the average away game is $64, an average of $13 more per ticket.
Fans can only hope that the 2013 season brings them more than a new logo — will the five-time World Series Champions have their first winning season (since 1992) under their belt too?