TiqIQ: Yankees Welcome Slumping Giants This Weekend; Tickets Start from Under $20

7/22 to 7/24 Series Preview: San Francisco Giants
Game 96: Make or break time?

Nearly three years have passed since the Yankees and Giants last met, so what better time to reconvene than in the midst of a playoff push?

The Yankees will host the NL West-best Giants, who despite their first place digs have struggled recently, for three games in the Bronx this weekend. The Bombers still have high hopes of climbing back into the postseason picture, and while the jury is still out on whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline on August 1, they’ll look to capitalize on a Giants team that has lost five straight games.

With a series of aces set to take the mound for both clubs, Yankees vs. Giants tickets are still widely available across all three games. Masahiro Tanaka will take the hill against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner Friday night. In what will likely be the most anticipated game of the series, tickets can be found from $21 each in the upper deck sections of the stadium.

Saturday’s 4:05 pm start will showcase Ivan Nova against Jeff Samardzija. Nova’s sole start against the Giants back in 2013 may have been the best of his career, pitching a shutout on six hits and seven strikeouts. He has struggled at times for the Yankees this season, however, and enters Saturday’s start at 7-5 with a 4.92 ERA. Samardzija has been a ticket better, with a 9-5 record and 4.05 ERA. Like that of the first game of the series, tickets start from $21 each.

The third and final game of the series will be a matinee affair on Sunday afternoon. The 1:10 pm start will see Nathan Eovaldi take the rubber against All-Star and Cy Young Award contender Johnny Cueto. Eovaldi will look to improve on a 8-6 record and 4.93 ERA but will have his work cut out for him against Cueto, who is 13-2 with a 2.64 ERA this season. Interestingly enough, it will be the cheapest game to attend this weekend, with tickets starting from just $17 in the outfield bleachers.

The Giants recent woes to start the second half can be credited to a slumping pitching staff. Over their last five games, the Giants have allowed 31 runs, including an 11-7 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Perhaps the Yankees can continue to expose their recent hiccup in the small confines of Yankee Stadium.

This weekend’s series will be the first time the Giants have played at Yankee Stadium since 2002. It will be just the fourth series between the two clubs since the 1962 World Series, in which the Yankees defeated the Giants in seven games to claim their 20th World Series title.

7/22 to 7/24 Series Preview: San Francisco Giants
Game 96: Make or break time?