Even within a single division, it’s rare for two ace pitchers to face each other multiple times. With the fluidity of pitching rotations, along with the mixture of off-days, lining up two star pitchers does not happen as often as one may think. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, as well as baseball fans in general, have been luckily treated to such a feat through the first month and a half of the 2015 regular season — three times. On Thursday afternoon, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner will face each other for the third time this season. For those wanting to be in attendance at AT&T Park, Giants tickets on the secondary market are a steal.
The average price for Giants vs Dodgers tickets is $62.73 on the secondary market. The get-in price is $22. While that’s more expensive than the first two games of the three-game series, both $47, the value is incredible to see two of the best starting pitchers in baseball in the same game.
Kershaw, the reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, and Bumgarner, the reigning World Series MVP, met twice in a six day span at the end of April. The first meeting between the two came in San Francisco on April 22. The Giants won the game 3-2, but the winning run was not scored until the bottom of the ninth, after both pitchers had exited the game. Kershaw pitched six innings, gave up two runs and struck out nine. Bumgarner went 6.1 innings, also gave up two runs and struck out six. The average price for that game was around the cost of Wednesday’s, at $64.39.
Both pitchers’ next turn in the rotation came at Dodger Stadium six days later on April 28. This time the deciding runs were scored while both were still in the game, as the Giants won again, this time by a score of 2-1. Kershaw gave up two runs while he pitched seven innings and struck out eight. Bumgarner was just slightly better, as he pitched eight innings, allowed only one run and struck out nine. Dodgers tickets for that game had an average of only $43, with a get-in price of $5.
On the season, Bumgarner has a 4-2 record with a 3.20 ERA, 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 5.75 strikeouts per walk. Kershaw is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA, with 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings and 4.71 strikeouts per walk.