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Erasing Psychological Damage (Or Inflicting More?)

Erasing Psychological Damage (Or Inflicting More?)

Transport yourself one month into the future.  The Pirates will be preparing for their final series of the regular season.  And if you believe the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds Report, the Pirates will have positioned themselves to have a 1 in 4 chance of being on the precipice of the playoffs.

Who will the Pirates be facing for the opportunity to go to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years?  None other than the team that both literally and symbolically sent the Pirates on this long odyssey through the desert of baseball's landscape -- the Atlanta Braves.  When I was at opening day this year, a girl at our tailgate mentioned that her favorite player was Chipper Jones.  She wanted to see him one last time and wondered when the Braves were coming to Pittsburgh.  After looking it up and seeing it was the last series of the season, we jokingly said that there would be plenty of good seats available for that one.

As it stands now, barring an unforeseen collapse, that final series...

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