The Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves face off this week in a battle of first-place teams. Both clubs got off to hot starts at the beginning of the year, but have struggled recently. Since their scorching start, the Brewers have been just under .500 over the last month, and the Braves offense has gone cold – The Braves 135 runs scored is the worst mark in all of baseball. But both teams have enough going for them to be contenders in their divisions for the foreseeable future. Braves tickets are averaging just $26.67 for the series at Turner Field, a 61 percent decrease from the $69 average price for the rest of the Atlanta Braves schedule.
5/19 MIL Wily Peralta vs. ATL Mike Minor | Avg. Price: $21 | Get-in Price: $2
Wily Peralta leads the Brewers in ERA in his second full season in the majors. His biggest improvement has been a BB/9 that’s dropped from 3.58 to 1.71. But Braves fans are probably more concerned with Mike Minor, explaining why the game has the lowest average price of the series at $21. Minor has struggled to replicate his strong 2013 season, despite posting the best strikeout numbers of his career. Granted he’s had some bad luck in his first 17 innings. He has a BABIP of .353 and a HR/FB of 18.8%. Don’t expect opponents to hit .300 and 1.59 HR/9 against him all season. It’ll cost just $2 to get into Turner field for this one.
5/20 MIL Yovani Gallardo vs. ATL Julio Teheran| Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $3
The price increases, but not by much for the second game of the series. The average price is just $29 with Julio Teheran on the mound. Teheran is leading all Braves starters in ERA, not an easy thing to do for a staff that is tops in the MLB. Granted a drop in K/9 from 8.24 to 6.75 and a FIP of 4.10 make you wonder how much longer he can keep that up. Yovani Gallardo is having similar issues for the Brewers. He’s posting the lowest K/9 of his eight-year career at 6.31, granted he has a BB/9 below three for just the second time, and first since 2011. The get-in price is just $3 for the game.
5/21 MIL Kyle Lohse vs. ATL Ervin Santana | Avg. Price: $30 | Get-in Price: $3
The get-in price remains the same for the final game of the series. Kyle Lohse and Ervin Santana take the mound, and both have been great for their respective teams. Santana is probably the more impressive, though. He has a 2.76 ERA despite a BABIP of .328. His FIP of 2.28 leads the Braves, and his K/9 of 9.07 is easily the highest of his career. His 2008 K/9 of 8.79 is the only other season he averaged over 8. The game has the highest average of the series, but is still 56 percent below the season average at $30.