The Phillies start their season with games in Cincinnati and New York before returning to Philadelphia for their home opener on Monday, April 11. The Phillies will welcome the San Diego Padres to Citizens Bank Park for a four-game set. The Phillies feature some exciting young pitchers and talented young infielders that fans will want to come watch, but it remains to be seen if they can contend in a division that also houses the National League champion New York Mets and Washington Nationals.
During the first week of the season, average ticket prices on the secondary market greatly exceed the 2015 average ticket prices at Citizens Bank Park. In 2015, the average ticket price was just $65.19. An overview of the first four games at Citizens Bank Park this season are presented below.
4/11/16 – James Shields vs. Aaron Nola | Avg. Price: $245 | Get-in: $40
Philadelphia’s home opener will feature an intriguing matchup between James Shields and Aaron Nola. In his first season with San Diego, Shields made 33 starts and went 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA. Shields is San Diego’s ace so fans will need a big performance from Nola and Philadelphia’s offense in order to secure a win. Nola, Philadelphia’s 23-year-old future ace, went 6-2 in 13 starts last season. Fans hoping to purchase Padres vs. Phillies can find great deals on TiqIQ.
On TiqIQ, the average ticket price for Padres vs. Phillies tickets is $245 while the get-in price is $40. Fans attending the home opener will receive an Opening Day Commemorative Cap.
4/12/16 – Andrew Cashner vs. Charlie Morton | Avg. Price: $115 | Get-in: $25
After the Opening Day festivities end, Cashner and Morton will square off in the second game of this series. Cashner will look to start off strong after a lackluster 2015 campaign; Cashner went 6-16 with a 4.34 ERA. His K/9, however, was 8.0, a three-year high. Morton, who has been a journeyman, was signed during the offseason to eat innings. In 23 starts with Pittsburgh, Morton went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA.
4/13/16 – Jerad Eickhoff vs. Colin Rea | Avg. Price: $104 | Get-in: $12
Two young pitchers will square off in the third game of this four-game set. Colin Rea made six starts for the Padres last season, going 2-2 with 26 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. Jerad Eickhoff will get the ball for Philadelphia and will open the season in Philadelphia’s rotation. Last season, Eickhoff made eight starts, going 3-3 with 49 strikeouts in 50 innings. Fans attending this game will receive a 2016 Schedule Magnet Giveaway. Tickets are currently averaging $104, making it the cheapest game of the series on average. If looking to just get-in the cheapest ticket is listed from $12.
4/14/16 – Robbie Erlin vs. Vince Velasquez | Avg. Price: $110 | Get-in: $12
The final game of this four-game set will feature a battle between Robbie Erlin and Vince Velasquez. Over his first three seasons, Erlin has a 8-10 record with a 4.69 ERA. Velasquez, who was acquired in the Ken Giles trade, went 1-1 in seven starts with Houston last season. The get-in price for this game is among the lowest for this four-game set.