A Texas-sized rivalry will be renewed on July 17 when the Houston Astros host the Texas Rangers. The Houston Astros (49-37) currently sit atop the American League West and have been one of the most surprising teams in baseball. Led by an impressive array of young power hitters, Houston leads the league in home runs. Currently, Luis Valbuena (19 HRs) leads the team, but Chris Carter (15), Evan Gattis (14), and George Springer (13) aren’t far behind. While the offense has been impressive, one young pitcher has stepped up and put himself in the race for the AL Cy Young Award. Dallas Keuchel (11-3, 2.14 ERA) is vying to start in the All-Star after a dominant first half.
While the Astros have been enjoying a strong first half, the Rangers (41-43) are in the middle of the pack in the American League West. After missing last season, Prince Fielder has returned and has made his presence known. Fielder leads the team is batting average (.344), RBIs (50), on-base percentage (.411), and hits (110). While Fielder has been impressive, Shin Soo Choo has not lived up to expectations. Choo has a dismal .229 batting average and has hit just 11 home runs. Overall, Texas’ pitching staff hasn’t been great, but Yovani Gallardo has been a nice surprise. Gallardo has resurrected his career by posting an impressive 2.67 ERA over the first half of the season.
According to TicketIQ, the Astros’ season average ticket price is $87 on the secondary market while the series average ticket price against the Rangers is $98.32, up 13%. Price breakdowns for each game are presented below:
7/17: Average: $106.27; Get-In: $27
7/18: Average: $90.79; Get-In: $22
7/19: Average: $109.07; Get-In: $21
On July 18th, all fans in attendance will receive a replica Nolan Ryan rainbow jersey, though that remains the least expensive game of the series. Head out to Minute Maid Park to watch these two rivals square off in a battle for bragging rights. These two teams boast some of the most passionate fanbases in sports, so anticipate a fierce, passionate battle between these two teams.