With the highest payroll in the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on a short list of championship contenders in the National League. So far they have yet to catch fire, sitting only one game above .500 at 23-22. Worse, they are just 5-9 in their last 14 games. They are next up on the Mets schedule, a team that has the same 5-9 record in their last 14 games. That’s dropped the Mets to 20-23 on the season, and fourth place in the NL East. Mets tickets are averaging $64.28 for the series, 29 percent below the season average of $90.61 for games at Citi Field.
5/20 LAD Josh Beckett vs. NYM Rafael Montero | Avg. Price: $84.31 | Get-in Price: $16
Rafael Montero got his first big league start last week against the Yankees. He had a solid debut, lasting six innings and allowing three earned runs. This week he’s facing another potent lineup against the LA Dodgers in the most expensive game of the series. Montero will be opposed by Josh Beckett, who has given up one combined run in his last two starts. Tickets are averaging $84.31 for the game with a get-in price of $16.
5/21 LAD Hyun-JinRyu vs. NYM Jacob deGrom | Avg. Price: $50.77 | Get-in Price: $12
The Mets actually had two pitchers make their major league debut last week. The second was Jacob deGrom who will also have his second start against the Dodgers. deGrom was even better than Montero, allowing just one run in seven innings, and averaged less than a base runner an inning. But prices are the cheapest of the series with Hyun-Jin Ryu taking the mound for the Dodgers. Ryu has had a good season so far, proving especially adept at avoiding the homerun, something that shouldn’t be an issue at Citi Field. The average price for the game is $50.77 with a get-in price of $12.
5/22 LAD Zack Greinke vs. NYM Jon Niese | Avg. Price: $57.77 | Get-in Price: $12
The get-in price remains the same for the last game of the series, with arguably the best pitching match on display. Zack Greinke is having another stellar season, averaging more than ten K/9 for only the second time in his career, and first since 2011. Jon Niese only made it through the fourth inning last time out, and gave up three earned runs for the second straight start. Otherwise he’s been great, walking the fewest amount of batters in his career and sporting a 2.54 ERA. Tickets are averaging $57.77 for the game.