It’s been an interesting season, to say the least, for the Philadelphia Phillies thus far in 2016. Basically all pundits projected the Fightin’ Phils for not just the cellar in the NL East division, but last place in the entire National League, after the club went a pitiful 63-99 a season ago.
Instead, the Phillies have surprised everyone, as they jumped out of the gate to a promising start, even hovering around the Washington Nationals, New York Mets and Miami Marlins near the top of the division. While they’ve since fallen a bit, the fact remains that Philadelphia’s rebuilding project is well ahead of schedule, as they continue to play .500 baseball, which is something their faithful will gladly take, given where many thought they’d wind up this year.
With a starting rotation that has performed better than people think, led by a talented young trio comprised of Aaron Nola, Vincent Velasquez and Jerad Eickhoff, not to mention potential future All-Star hitters in Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera, the Phillies should continue to surprise as the season continues to unfold. This new bout of optimism has made tickets to their games more valuable, so with data provided by TiqIQ, let’s take a look at the three most expensive Phillies contests in June:
6/25 | Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants | AT&T Park | Avg. ticket price: $102.17 | Get-in: $40
*Madison Bumgarner Bobblehead Giveaway
Given that there will be a bobblehead distributed of San Francisco’s star ace pitcher, it’s no surprise to see this contest top the list of Philadelphia’s most expensive games in June. Bumgarner is easily one of the premier pitchers in all of Major League Baseball, and will be rightfully honored with a bobblehead depicting his likeness when the Phils head to The Bay Area at the end of June.
This could also serve as an important series for the Phillies. The Giants, of course, are playing fabulous baseball, sitting at the top of the NL West division, and thus, this could be somewhat of a measuring stick for Philadelphia to see how they stand against one of the league’s best teams. Furthermore, if the Phillies want to make a run at a Wild Card berth, this could be a series that helps steer them in that direction. For their sake, hopefully they are able to avoid the aforementioned Mad Bum in this road set.
6/19 | Arizona Diamondbacks @ Philadelphia Phillies | Citizens Bank Park | Avg. ticket price: $94.77 | Get-in: $23
*Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway
This affair with the D-backs clocks in as the Phillies’ most expensive home game for the month. Not only should it be a competitive ballgame, but there will also be an ultra-rare giveaway, as fans that come out to the stadium will be treated to a unique Hawaiian shirt giveaway — the only one of its kind throughout the campaign.
In addition, this should be an important series for the Phils as well. Like Philadelphia, the Diamondbacks are trying to stay afloat in the Wild Card hunt, though they’re currently a handful of games under .500 despite high expectations entering the season. As a result, the Phillies will want to take care of business at home opposite a club that they need to stay in front of if they want to pull off the impossible and advance to the postseason. With stars like Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke on the other side, however, it won’t be easy.
Tickets on this night might be pricey, but fans can at least save money on their Citizens Bank Park parking by going through ParkWhiz.com, which has easy and convenient parking all around the stadium.
6/10 | Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals | Nationals Park | Avg. ticket price: $82.51 | Get-in: $31
*Nationals Fanny Pack Giveaway
Philadelphia has a critical road series this weekend in Washington D.C. that will feature their third-most expensive game for June. On Friday, June 10, the Phillies and Nationals will commence a three-game set, and fans can also score an interesting fanny pack giveaway upon entrance into the ballpark for the opener.
Like their late-June series with the Giants, these meetings with the Nats should also serve as a measuring stick for the young Philadelphia franchise. The Nationals, as expected, have been playing some excellent baseball, led by the likes of Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, and as a result, they currently find themselves in first place in the NL East. The Phils, however, can spoil their run with a solid showing at Nationals Park. They’re 4-5 versus the Nationals in 2016 thus far.