Prior to the season this series would look like a potential ALCS preview. The two were involved in arguably the biggest offseason trade, when they swapped Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder. The Texas Rangers were viewed as the winner in terms of talent, landing Fielder, but his season is already over due to a neck injury. They’ve dealt with a lot of injuries this season, which has led to a 35-40 record so far into the Texas Rangers schedule. The Detroit Tigers lead their division, but at 40-32 they would only be in third in the AL West. Rangers tickets are averaging $25 for the series, down 64 percent from the season average.
6/24 DET Drew Smyly at TEX Colby Lewis | Avg. Price: $20 | Get-in Price: $3
Colby Lewis has been one of the few Rangers to avoid significant injury this season, as he’s just one of two pitchers on the team to make at least ten starts. Problem is he hasn’t been incredibly effective, posting a 5.97 ERA and a 4.34 FIP. Drew Smyly, who has been the worst starter in the Tigers’ rotation, opposes him. He easily has the lowest WAR and FIP on the team. It’s also the cheapest game of the series with Rangers vs Tigers tickets averaging $20 and a get-in price of $3.
6/25 DET Anibal Sanchez at TEX Nick Tepesch | Avg. Price: $27 | Get-in Price: $2
The get-in price actually drops to $2 for the second game of the series. Nick Tepesch gets the start, and he’s been worse this year than he was in his rookie season. His strikeout numbers are down while his walks are up, and he’s giving up more fly balls. For the Tigers, Anibal Sanchez has improved on his stellar season last year, by leading the Tigers in both ERA and FIP with sub-3.00 figures. The average price of the game is at $27 for the game.
6/26 DET Rick Porcello at TEX Joe Saunders | Avg. Price: $28 | Get-in Price: $3
The average price for the series tops out in the final game at $28. The Thursday night game features Rick Porcello for the Tigers and Joe Saunders for the Rangers. Saunders is pitching for his third AL West team in his career, and has put up numbers similar to his career averages. Unfortunately those numbers aren’t exactly spectacular. Porcello has been having one of his better seasons for the Tigers, tying for the team lead in wins at nine, and tossing the fewest amounts of walks per nine. If his ERA of 3.76 holds, it will be the first time since his rookie season he has an ERA under 4.00. The get-in price for the game is $3.