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The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Miami Marlins for three games at PNC Park this week. The Pirates schedule will also welcome the Marlins for the final time during the regular season this week. While the Marlins will need to put together a series of wins down the stretch to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Pirates find themselves just 1.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. The Marlins sit 6.5 games out of first place in the NL East as they enter tonight’s game against the Pirates. They’ll have their attention set on the NL Wild Card, where they trail the Cardinals by 5.5 games. The Pirates are just a half-game out of Wild Card contention, but will still try to make a run at first place in the division.
The season average for Pirates tickets is $54.61 but each game will have an average well below that price on the secondary market. The series as a whole is 58% below the season average.
8/5 – Brad Hand vs Charlie Morton | Avg. Price: $20 | Get-in Price: $5
The series begins tonight when Charlie Morton takes the hill for the Pirates against Marlins lefty Brad Hand. The average price for Pirates vs Marlins tickets is $20 on the secondary market, 63.3% below the season average, with a get-in price of $5. Morton has had a forgettable season and has had two consecutive poor outings, allowing four-plus runs in both games. He is 5-10 with a 3.54 ERA this season. Hand enters Tuesday’s game at 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA.
8/6 – Tom Koehler vs Jeff Locke | Avg. Price: $20 | Get-in Price: $6
Wednesday’s game will feature Pirates lefty Jeff Locke against Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler. The average price for Wednesday’s game is also $20 with a get-in price of $3. Like Morton, Locke has also been roughed up in his last two starts and sits at 2-3 with a 3.77 ERA on the season. Koehler is 7-8 with a 3.70 ERA.
8/7 – Jarred Cosart vs Edinson Volquez | Avg. Price: $29 | Get-in Price: $4
Edinson Volquez will get the nod for the Pirates against newly acquired Marlin Jeff Cosart in the series finale on Thursday. The average secondary price for Thursday’s Pirates tickets is $29, the most expensive game of the series but still 46.9% below the season average. The least expensive tickets for this game starts at $4. Volquez enters Thursday’s start with a 8-7 record and 3.91 ERA. Cosart will make his second start for the Marlins, giving up four run in 5.1 innings in his debut and taking the loss.