The opposite side of the Mets “if you stink and don’t draw you must lower ticket prices” argument is the “if you’re good and you sell out game after game you must raise them” argument. That latter part is the Phillies’ story, as they have announced an across the board ticket price increase. Tickets are up from $2 to $5 per game. A breakdown of the increases can be seen here.
Fun part: Philly sports blog Crossing Broad is reporting that readers are angry at the increases. The response is understandable I suppose, but I never cease to be amazed at people’s economic illiteracy.
If you sell out all of your products consistently, it means — unless you believe that not a single soul beyond those who purchased one of your products wants one — you have under-priced your product. The Phillies aren’t being heartless in raising their prices. They’re simply refusing to leave money sitting on the table. This is smart business.
Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.
There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.
The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.