Analysis

Beating Up On The Weak Sisters

Beating Up On The Weak Sisters

After today's win against the Phillies, the Pirates stand at 40-35.  That leaves the Pirates with 87 games left to play.  Of those 87 games, 36 of them (41% of their remaining schedule) are against the 4 worst teams in the National League -- The Cubs (13), Astros (14), Padres (6), and Rockies (3).

To further delve into the numbers, those four teams combined have a record of 113-187 (.376 winning percentage).  If those 4 opponents were to win just at their current rate in those 36 games, the Pirates' record in those contests would be 22-14.  That would give the Pirates a huge cushion to their overall record, both in terms of finishing with a winning record and for their playoff hopes.

If you sift the tea leaves some more, 20 of those 36 games will come after the July 31st trade deadline when those teams will all presumably have traded away some of their veterans and free-agents-to-be.  This will strip away most of the top talent on these teams and give playing time to minor league cal...

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