While a recent Sports Illustrated issue detailed how the Houston Astros rebuild has the promise of turning them into true World Series contenders in a few years, there’s another team in their division that probably won’t have to wait that long. The Oakland Athletics hold the best record and best run differential in baseball, and they just recently made a trade to bring in two of the best pitchers on the trade market. With the Astros next on the Oakland Athletics schedule, Houston will get an up close look at what a championship contender looks like. The Astros are currently 20.5 games back in the AL West with a 41-58 record. A’s tickets are averaging $47.33 on the secondary market for the series, down 24 percent from the season average.
7/22 – HOU Brett Oberholtzer vs. OAK Scott Kazmir | Avg. Price: $48 | Get-in Price: $27
Scott Kazmir has proven to be one of the best free agent signings this season. After a great start to his career, Kazmir stumbled and then was completely out of baseball a couple years ago. Now he’s one of the A’s top pitchers owning the best strike out-to-walk rate on the team, a 2.38 ERA and an 11-3 record. The game is the most expensive of the series with a $48 average price and a $27 get-in price.
7/23 – HOU Brad Peacock vs. OAK Jesse Chavez | Avg. Price: $47 | Get-in Price: $10
The average price is pretty much the same for all three games this series. In the second game the average just drops to $47, but the get-in price has a big change. It’s the only game in the series with a get-in price below $20, and it’s way down to $10. Jesse Chavez gets the start, and he’s probably the best fifth starter in the league. He has the best strikeout rate on the team, has a 1.9 WAR that would lead some rotations, and a very good 3.14 ERA.
7/24 – HOU Scott Feldman vs. OAK Jeff Samardzija | Avg. Price: $47 | Get-in Price: $23
It’s only been three starts, but Jeff Samardzija hasn’t been as good for the A’s as he’d been for the Chicago Cubs. That doesn’t mean he’s been bad. So far he’s averaged over seven innings a start, has walked only two batters, and just 17 total base runners in 22 innings. But the three home runs he’s given up have led to seven runs in his last two starts. But overall he’s shown why the A’s were willing to give up so much for him and fellow starter Jason Hammel. The average price of A’s vs Astros tickets for the game is $47 and the get-in price is $23.
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