The NL East title wasn’t a race down the stretch, but the Nats still set themselves up for a shot at the second wild card spot in the National League before ultimately falling short to the Cincinnati Reds. With expected improvements from the Mets and Phillies in 2014, secondary market Washington Nationals tickets vs their NL East counterparts carry an average asking price of $50, a 2% from the 2014 Nationals Park average ($49). Secondary market trackers, TiqIQ will break down each series below:
Nats vs Marlins
- Series average: $36
- Cheapest game: April 8th ($22 AVG)
- Most expensive game: September 27th ($62 AVG)
The Marlins pulled a 100 loss season as they traded away most of their big contracts in 2013, and many predict them to remain at the bottom of the division in 2014. Miami has by far the cheapest tickets of any of the NL East opponents, and the series comes 27% below the Nats season average. The priciest 3-game set is the Nationals Park FANtastic FANale to close the season, in which fans are thanked with free posters, bobbleheads, and hats.
Nats vs Mets
- Series average: $49
- Cheapest game: May 18th ($36 AVG)
- Most expensive game: August 5th ($57 AVG)
The Mets showed some promise last year behind young guns Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler. While the addition of Curtis Granderson adds some star power to the lineup, the Mets lost Harvey to Tommy John’s Surgery and he’ll likely miss the entire season. The most expensive game vs the Mets comes August 5th, in which 25,000 fans through the gate will take home a Jayson Werth Garden Gnome.
Nats vs Braves
- Series average: $57
- Cheapest game: April 6th ($33 AVG)
- Most expensive game: April 4th ($109 AVG)
The Braves remain the biggest threat as the Nats strive for the 2014 Division Title. Getting things done against them at home will certainly help establish the Nats as the team of both the present and the future. The most expensive set comes during the Opening Day series, in which actual Opening Day on April 4th marks the most expensive game of the season overall. The first 30,000 fans will take home an Opening Day cap. 20,000 fans will get a free Nats shirt the night of the series, and kids can run the bases following the Sunday afternoon match. Overall, Nats vs Atlanta Braves tickets carry a 16% premium over the regular season average.
Nats vs Phillies
- Series average: $59
- Cheapest game: June 4th ($50 AVG)
- Most expensive game: September 6th ($67 AVG)
While the Phillies may not have as much star power as they did just a few seasons ago, they still offer an intriguing matchup for fans. The Phils force a 20% premium on the resale market over the Nationals season average, but with many phanatics making scoring Philadelphia Phillies tickets in DC an annual road trip, the Nats faithful will have to show their true colors in overpowering the invaders.