It’s hard to find a team in baseball this season that has been more disappointing than the Seattle Mariners. That’s because for the first time in more than a decade, the Mariners entered a new year with mega-high expectations — some even predicting they’d go as far as the World Series — but instead, it’s almost definite that the club will be sitting at home during the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season.
As a result, Seattle just recently fired its general manager, although he’s certainly not the only one to blame, as the roster was chock full of big names that were expected to turn the organization into a perennial contender. The Mariners made a huge splash last offseason, garnering one of the biggest prizes of the free agent market, Nelson Cruz, who, to his credit, has actually had a terrific year. His presence in the lineup, along with the likes of Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, and midseason acquisition Mark Trumbo, was supposed to give Seattle one of the more intimidating lineups in the league. And with a pitching staff headlined by “King” Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, the sky looked like the limit for this year’s squad.
Entering the month of September 10 games below .500, and behind eight other teams in the American League Wild Card race, the Mariners just hope September can fly by as soon as possible so the season can finally reach its conclusion. At the same time, Mariners tickets look like they may return great value to fans who are willing to stick by their team through the final weeks of this lost season, as according to Razorgator, the average ticket price is only $40 the rest of the way, amongst the lowest in all of baseball. Furthermore, there’s only one Mariners game left that even tops $60 as an average ticket price on the secondary market.
That would be on September 19, when the Mariners and Rangers play the middle affair of a three-game set at Globe Life Park in Arlington. That game features an average price of $65.50, although the Pat Green postgame concert may have something to do with that as well. Additionally, the get-in price is a measly $6, which is an absolute bargain for Mariners fans interested in making the road trip to see their team in one of its last meaningful games of the year. After all, the Rangers are narrowly hanging onto the AL’s second Wild Card spot, and the Mariners will have their chance at being a true playoff spoiler for their division rivals.
Speaking of opportunities of dashing the playoff hopes of their fellow division residents, the Mariners will have that chance against the first-place Houston Astros as well in the second-to-last series as well. Surprisingly, the average price for tickets in this series is just $32 when the two AL West clubs collide at Safeco Field. With the surprising Astros being arguably baseball’s biggest surprise in 2015, it’ll be an interesting encounter between two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. And considering tickets to an Astros game are averaging considerably more than that $32 price tag, this is a genuine bargain for Mariners fans looking to see their team in its last series of the year at home.
Clearly, this season has gone well off the rails for the M’s, who were hoping to successfully follow up on last year’s 87-win campaign. But as much as this year has been a disaster, September can still be a meaningful month for the Mariners and their fans, with the potential to ruin the playoff aspirations of their rivals, while also getting a glance into their immediate future for next season. With such cheap ticket prices down the stretch, Mariners faithful can still make the most of the time left on the schedule.