The Pittsburgh Pirates have done well to hang around in the NL Central in 2015, despite the St. Louis Cardinals looking like they could run away with the division at any point. Pittsburgh has stormed back after a somewhat slow start, however, as they’ve won eight of their last ten games and are finally getting elite play out of their face-of-the-franchise, Andrew McCutchen.
McCutchen has been far from the whole story, as Pittsburgh has been paced by some elite pitching all season. Gerrit Cole leads the way (8 wins and 79 strikeouts), while the ageless wonder that is A.J. Burnett has helped form a strong pitching rotation. Additionally, Francisco Liriano has also been impressive, and the club just got back Charlie Morton for the rotation as well.
Whether due to wins or a roster loaded with talent, Pirates fans have been ecstatic to see the Pirates play live this season. With June finally here, summer has returned to Pittsburgh and the Buccos will attempt to utilize this month to gain ground on the first-place Cardinals, while continuing to etch their playoff standing.
Let’s see how June may unfold by taking a look at the value of Pittsburgh Pirates tickets via their cheapest and most expensive games this month, with information provided by SeatSmart.com.
Cheapest – 6/9/2015 VS. Milwaukee Brewers | Avg: $25 | Get-in: $4
Pittsburgh gets a division nemesis on June 9, and it happens to be the NL Central’s cellar dweller. Ryan Braun still carries a heavy stick, and Adam Lind has been enjoying a throwback season, but the Brewers’ offense overall has been inconsistent, while their starting pitching leaves a lot to be desired, with one of the highest team ERA marks in all of baseball. The Pirates have been terrific at home (15-9) and this matchup works in their favor, from top to bottom. The best part is obviously the value, as Pirates tickets are just $25 on average and everyone can hit the cheap seats for just $4. The outcome doesn’t usually matter when dealing with value like this, but a likely Pirates win certainly doesn’t hurt, either.
Most Expensive – 6/21/2015 @ Washington Nationals | Avg: $92.09 | Get-in: $10
Things get a little more real on June 21, when the Pirates head out to D.C. to take on the high-powered Nationals in a meeting of likely playoff teams when the season reaches its conclusion. Bryce Harper is in the running for NL MVP and is just part of a hard-hitting Washington squad (233 runs scored). The most enticing thing about this matchup, however, is seeing both starting rotations in action, as the everyone pegged Washington’s rotation as the best in the league entering ‘15, but the Pirates are right behind them, which could lead to a slew of pitcher’s duels. Pitching could be the deciding factor in this series, which may not contain a lot of scoring. Unsurprisingly, it results in Pittsburgh’s most expensive tickets of the month, and is above both team’s average ticket prices for the season. Fans going to this high-priced affair will want to save money on Washington DC parking through ParkWhiz.com, which has easy and convenient parking starting at just $15.