More than halfway through the season there are still plenty of playoff spots up for grabs. But it is becoming clear which teams will not be competing for a playoff spot down the stretch. The Chicago Cubs are clearly an example of that having traded away their top two pitchers in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. It also doesn’t help that they are 13.5 games back in a division that has four teams within 3.5 games of each other. The Chicago Cubs schedule gives them a bit of a break this week, with a series against another struggling team, the San Diego Padres. The Padres are 11.5 games back in their division and have a historically bad offense. Surprisingly both teams have been around .500 at home, but have terrible road records. That gives the Cubs a bit of an advantage with the game at Wrigley Field. Cubs tickets are averaging $60.25 on the secondary market for the series, down 20 percent from their season average.
7/22 SD Eric Stults at CHC Kyle Hendricks | Avg. Price: $60.23 | Get-in Price: $13
The Cubs had to replace two starters in their rotation after their blockbuster trade with the Oakland A’s, and Kyle Hendricks is the first guy to get a crack at the spot. The rookie had a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA in AAA, and has already had one start in the majors so far. He went six innings and allowed four runs, but three of the runs came in the first inning. He also only allowed seven base runners while striking out seven. The average price of Cubs vs Padres tickets for the game is $60.23 and the get-in price is $13.
7/23 SD Ian Kennedy at CHC Tsuyoshi Wada | Avg. Price: $57.96 | Get-in Price: $10
The following night, another rookie pitcher gets the start for the Cubs. The difference is this rookie is 33-years-old, and has pitched most of his career in Japan. His debut was back on July 8 against the Cincinnati Reds, and he gave up just one unearned run in his five innings. He only walked one batter while striking out three, but received a no-decision because the Cubs ultimately lost the game 6-5. The game is the cheapest of the series with a $57.96 average price and a $10 get-in price.
7/24 SD Tyson Ross at CHC Edwin Jackson | Avg. Price: $62.57 | Get-in Price: $11
The final game of the series has the highest average price at $62.57, but the get-in price is in the middle of the two others at $11. It’s also the first game of the series the Cubs send out an experienced pitcher, but that might not be a good thing. Edwin Jackson takes the mound for Chicago and he’s having his worst season since 2009. He has a 5.61 ERA, a 4.27 FIP and is walking close to four batters per nine innings. Meanwhile Tyson Ross opposes him for the Padres, and Ross has been superb. He leads the team with 8 wins in a team-leading 136.2 innings pitched. He also has a 2.70 ERA and trails only Ian Kennedy in WAR.
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