The Chicago Cubs make their way to Miller Park this weekend. In the past there has been almost as many tickets on the secondary market available for this series as drunk guys named Chet in tattered Cubs hats. People think they can make a lot of money off of Cubs fans driving up for the series and end up with their tickets online hoping for a buyer. Ideally, there will be plenty of deals to be found considering the Cubs fans have been barely showing up to Wrigley Field this season. Still, it is a marquee series so prices will run high no matter what.
Let's take a look at what we have to work with this weekend.
FRIDAY: Carlos Zambrano vs Randy Wolf
Zambrano has always pitched well at Miller Park and if the Randy Wolf from his first start of the season shows up this one could turn ugly. Still, I think Randy Wolf is better than that start and while Zambrano is good he does struggle with his control at times. Something the Brewers can pounce on.
Tickets are currently averaging $60 apiece, about 45% over face value, but there are deals to be found if you look deeper. I saw quite a few Loge infield/outfield tickets in the $25-40 range that are face value $55. So check those out.
SATURDAY: Matt Garza vs Chris Narveson
Matt Garza is the Cubs' new star pitcher that really needs no introduction. Chris Narveson looked amazing in his first start of the season with six scoreless innings and zero runners advancing past first base. If he can put in a performance like that against a Cubs offense that doesn't come close to matching the Braves offense he did it against, this should be a good one.
Tickets are averaging $73 apiece for this one, a whopping 97% above face value, but once again you just need to know where to look. Once again the Loge infield/outfield are priced slightly below face in the $40 range. The Club sections and Field Infield box also have quite a few below face.
SUNDAY: Casey Coleman (?) vs Yovani Gallardo
This was supposed to be Randy Wells start, but he's out with an injury and the Cubs are expected to call up Casey Coleman to start. I don't know much about him, but he did post a 4.11 ERA in the minors last season and is known to struggle with control. Yovani Gallardo is Yovani Gallardo. If his first two starts are any indicator he is going to have an amazing season.
Tickets for this one are the best deal of all. Average ticket price is only $47 and tickets are averaging 47% over face value. If you want to sit in the Terrace they are going for $11-$15 which is almost half of their face value. Bleachers are also priced below face and there are deals all over the stadium. Add in day baseball and this is the game you should think about going to.