The San Diego Padres are the definition of “blah” during the 2018 MLB season. They’re 42-63, good for a .400 winning percentage (the worst mark in the National League), and have a -107 run differential on the season (the second-worst mark in the National League). They’re 15.5 games back in the NL West and for the NL’s second Wild Card. Their one All-Star was closer Brad Hand, who they just traded to the Cleveland Indians. Their highest-paid player is first baseman Eric Hosmer, hitting .245/.310/.385 with ten home runs, and their best hitter has been Wil Myers, who has played in just 37 games this season.
So needless to say, not much has gone right for them. However, they do play in Petco Park, one of baseball’s most gorgeous stadiums, and a night out at the park is always enjoyable there. Because of that, fans might be incentivized to take the team up on their latest ticket promotion.
The Padres “five-win pass” guarantees fans tickets to either five Padres wins or, if the team fails to win five home games this season, tickets to every home game for the rest of the season. The cost? A cool $99, which isn’t a good value at all if the team reels off a five-game winning streak (something they haven’t done all season), but a *great* value if they don’t win five home games in the second half (as unlikely as that may seem). San Diego still has 30 home games left, so if the worse case scenario comes true for the Padres, fans would be paying a little more than $3 per game.
Looking at the Padres’ upcoming schedule, fans might actually get some value out of this. The first five home games for the Padres in the second half are against the 56-47 Diamondbacks and the 52-50 Giants. After a midwest road trip, the Padres come back home for three with the 57-44 Phillies, three with the 50-52 Diamondbacks, and four more with Arizona. If the Padres weren’t able to at least take five of those 15 games, they’ll welcome the 60-41 Mariners in for two at the end of August, and play four with the 53-47 Rockies to close out August and welcome in September. Their final extended homestand of the year in September features three with the pitiful 42-60 Rangers and three more with the Giants, with the season ended with three more with the D-Backs.
There’s a distinct chance that Padres fans could end up getting into roughly 15 or 20 games over the next month or so for between $5 and $7 per game. Inevitable spending on concessions will send their monetary outlay up even more, but that’s why you make sure to go on Taco Tuesday and eat until your stomach bursts!
The five-win pass is available now. If you purchase after the plan starts, your “win clock” won’t start until you get your first tickets, so you could conceivably get more bang for your buck by waiting to see if the Padres win a couple of times during this homestand.