Despite another losing season, the Chicago Cubs have found hope in the excess of young talent within the organization. As the season enters the first weekend of the final month of the regular season, the Cubs welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to Wrigley Field, who are in the thick of the playoff hunt in the NL Central. The season average for Cubs tickets is $52.56 but just one game of this weekend’s series will see an average price below that number. The Cubs schedule will see two more divisional series at Wrigley Field this season against the Reds and Cardinals following this weekend’s series with the Pirates. The two teams will play again next weekend at PNC Park.
9/5 Vance Worley vs Tsuyoshi Wada | Avg. Price: $42 | Get-in: $8
The series will open with Tsuyoshi Wada taking the mound for the Cubs against Vance Worley. The average secondary price for Friday Cubs vs Pirates tickets is $42, the cheapest of the series at 20% below season average. Get-in price starts at $8. The lefty Wada has pitched well for the Cubs, going 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA this season. The Japanese-born southpaw has made six starts at home with each of his four wins coming at Wrigley. Worley will look for his second career win at Wrigley Field tonight after winning his first on June 21. The righty is 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA this season. A Greg Maddux bobblehead will also be given to fans in attendance commemorating his 3,000th strikeout, which he earned as a member of the Cubs in 2005.
9/6 Francisco Liriano vs Felix Doubront | Avg. Price: $56.22 | Get-in: $17
A lefty duel will ensue on Saturday when Felix Doubront starts for the Cubs against Francisco Liriano. The average secondary price for Saturday tickets is $56.22, the most expensive game of the series at 6.9% above season average, with a get-in price of $17. Doubront will make his second start for the Cubs on Saturday after earning a win on one run in seven innings against St. Louis last week. Liriano has had a forgettable season and will make his first start in September after going winless in August. The southpaw is 3-10 with a 3.91 ERA this season.
9/7 Gerrit Cole vs Travis Wood | Avg. Price: $52.62 | Get-in: $5
Lefty Travis Wood gets the nod against Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole in the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The average price for Sunday’s game is $52.62 on the secondary market, just .1% above the season average, with a get-in price starting at $5. Wood has been hit hard this season and has gone just 8-11 with a 4.81 ERA. Cole has had a bit more success, entering Sunday’s game with a 7-5 record and 3.86 ERA. The first 5,000 children in attendance will also receive a Clark Build-a-Bear Doll as part of the Cubs’ 2000’s Throwback day.