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Nationals Tickets 20.5% Below Average For Series vs Cubs

The Washington Nationals are getting ready to host the Chicago Cubs for a three game series starting Friday at Nationals Park.  Washington is coming off a three game sweep of the Colorado Rockies and have won five straight.  They trail the Atlanta Braves by just a half game in the NL East, but Atlanta is playing lights out right now winning their past seven games.  While the Nationals will be playing a Cubs team that is currently nine games under .500, they just swept the Boston Red Sox on the road.  Only the Fourth of July game will have an average price above the secondary market season average for home games on the Washington Nationals schedule. The series as a whole will be 20.5% below the season average. 7/4 - Jason Hammel vs Tanner Roark | Avg. Price: $68.72 | Get-in Price: $35

The series opener on Independence Day will feature a pitching matchup between Washington right-hander Tanner Roark (7-5), who lost in his last outing against Chicago and Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel (7-5).  Nationals  vs Cubs tickets will be most expensive of the series for this game with an average price of $68.72, 19.2% over their home average, and  a get in price of $35.

7/5  - Jeff Samardzija vs Gio Gonzalez | Avg. Price: $42 | Get-in Price: $12

For the second game of this series on July 5, Nationals vs Cubs tickets will be more affordable with an average price of $42 on the secondary market, 26.3% lower than their season home average, and a get-in price of just $12.  Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez (5-4) will take the mound, he has a 3.93 ERA this season and has won his past two starts.  The Cubs will send their right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2-7) who despite his record has overall pitched well for the team with 2.83 ERA in 17 starts, but hasn’t recorded a victory since June 7.

7/6 - Jake Arrieta vs Jordan Zimmermann | Avg. Price: $27 | Get-in Price: $4

The series finale is on July 6 and National tickets will be at their cheapest this series with an average price of just $27, 52.6% below their season home average, with a get in price of a very affordable $4.  Kids ages from 4-12 will be invited to run the bases immediately following the game.  Jordan Zimmermann (6-4) will take the mound for Washington as the right-hander is looking for his second straight win and has pitched great in the month of June and now has an overall 2.95 ERA with 91 strikeouts.  His adversary is Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-1) who has started 11 games this season for the Cubs and has been sensational.  He will look to record his fifth straight win in his past five outings.

Series Preview: Nats at Cubs

 Editors Note: As of this afternoon, David DeJesus will be switching locker rooms, as the Nats traded a player to be named later for him while releasing Roger Bernadina. I've deleted any references to him as a Cub, but he is not included in the tables as trying to fix those manually on short notice is, frankly, a pain in the ass. -TL

The NL Central is the best division in baseball and anyone who disagrees is flat out wrong. The Cubs could blame their 53-70 record on their division, but they are plain bad. Since they shipped Alfonzo Soriano to New York he has flourished and they have gotten worst. In their last ten games they are 3-7 with little signs of life. They are sitting last in the division, which is saying a lot because Milwaukee’s rotation is pretty much filled with fans they asked to help out, oh, and Tom Gorzelanny.

The Nationals are 6-4 over their last ten games and sitting three games under .500. They are 9.5 games behind Cincinnati for the second Wild Card spot and would have to hope that both the Reds and Diamondback start to tank, while their offense becomes baseball murderers, but it is not impossible. It appears that Jayson Werth is taking it upon himself to try and push the Nationals to the playoffs. He is hitting .334 and having more multi-hit games than I can count. He had a spectacular July and is aiming to have an even better August, which is almost impossible.     

Lastly, I have to give a shout out to my brother Ross and my Dad because they will be at the game on Thursday. My Dad is a diehard Cubs fan and plans to cheer against the Nationals while crushing some Old Style beer at Wrigley, which tastes just a little bit worse than warm PBR. 

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