Royals Head To Oakland For Weekend Series vs A’s

The Oakland Athletics have been the best team in baseball all season. Now their pitching rotation is stacked from top to bottom thanks to a deadline deal for Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester. That’s bad news for the Kansas City Royals who are next on the A’s schedule. The Royals are competing for a playoff spot as well, but are currently four games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, and even further back of a wild card spot. This series will be important for them to keep pace with the Tigers who just acquired the best pitcher on the market in David Price.

Oakland Athletics tickets have an average price of $51.16 for the series on the secondary market, which is 11.3% below the season average at Coliseum.

8/1 KC Jeremy Guthrie vs. OAK Sonny Gray | Avg. Price: $53.82 | Get-in Price: $38

Sonny Gray was the A’s ace when the season started, but he might be their third best pitcher now. That’s no knock on Gray who has a 2.7 WAR and a 2.65 ERA in 139 innings pitched. The game has a $53.82 average price and a $38 get-in price that is the most expensive of the series.

8/2 KC Jason Vargas vs. OAK Jon Lester | Avg. Price: $56.67 | Get-in Price: $32

Saturday’s game has a cheaper get-in price at $32, but the average price of $56.67 is the most expensive of the three-game set. It’s also the first chance A’s fans get to see Jon Lester in an A’s uniform. Lester has been one of the best pitchers in baseball with a 4.6 WAR, 2.52 ERA and a 2.62 FIP in 143 innings. He also comes to the A’s with the most strikeouts of anyone on the staff.

8/3 KC James Shields vs. OAK Scott Kazmir | Avg. Price: $46 | Get-in Price: $26

The Royals get no breaks in the last game of the series either. Scott Kazmir takes the mound for the A’s, and he has the team’s best ERA at 2.37. He’s also close to a 4.00 K/BB ratio. But the Royals are sending out a good pitcher of their own in James Shields. Shields has pitched 149.1 innings with a 2.3 WAR and 3.50 ERA. The average price of the game is $46 and the get-in price is $26 

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