5 Costliest (and Cheapest) Tickets in Interleague Baseball
Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins
June 8 at Marlins Park
Ticket prices: $6 to $305
The Marlins have a new coach, a roster full of new players, a new stadium and renewed life in the NL East since they last played the Rays in 2011. What do the Rays have in that span? A playoff appearance. This is the state of the Citrus Series, where the Marlins still have Florida bragging rights thanks to a 42-37 lead over their Tampa counterparts, but the Rays have had a lot more recent success. The Marlins still have two World Series wins to their credit, but the Rays were the last Florida team to appear on baseball's biggest stage in 2008. From that season onward, the Rays have gone 16-8 against the Marlins. With both teams sporting nearly identical records this season, we'll see if the Marlins' swank new digs make any difference.
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
June 15 at Rangers Ballpark In Arlington
Ticket prices: $16 to $306
It's a rivalry, sure, but it won't be interleague for much longer. The Astros are heading to the American League next year, where they'll face the Rangers a whole lot more often as division rivals. That's not exactly great news for the Astros, who haven't won a season series against the Rangers since 2006 and have watched the Rangers appear in two consecutive World Series in the last two years. The Rangers lead the series 39-30, while the Astros have spent the seasons following their 2005 World Series appearance trying to stay above .500. They haven't managed that feat since 2008, which is also the last time they didn't outright lose their season series with their fellow Texans.
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
June 18 at U.S. Cellular(USM) Field
Ticket prices: $26 to $386
The Cubs may have the pretty old stadium with the ivy and Ron Swanson wearing their hat, but the Sox have made this a one-sided series without any help from groundskeepers or Darryl from The Office. The Southsiders won the teams' only world-series meeting in 1906, won the city's most recent World Series title in 2005 and lead the Cubs 48 games to 39 in interleague play. The Cubs haven't beaten the White Sox in a season series since 2007, but Sox fans don't really get tired of watching the pride of Wrigleyville get run out of The Cell. Hence the lofty ticket prices.