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Pirates Playoff Odds: Downturn After Losing Road Trip

Pirates Playoff Odds: Downturn After Losing Road Trip

The Pirates' outfield could play a big role in their playoff push. (Photo by: David Hague)

After a 2-4 road trip, things look just a little bleaker for the Pirates.

Every Monday, l break down the playoff odds from Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and ClayDavenport.com. This week, those projections dropped a little bit because the Bucs were swept in Atlanta and could not close their own sweep to even it up in Chicago.

Let's look first at the standings as they sit on June 10.

National League Central

St. Louis: 41-22 (---)
Cincinnati: 37-26 (4.0 games back)
Pittsburgh: 37-26 (4.0 GB)
Chicago: 25-35 (14.5 GB)
Milwaukee: 25-37 (15.5 GB)

National League Wild Card

Cincinnati: 37-26 (---)
Pittsburgh: 37-26 (---)
San Francisco: 33-29 (3.5 games back)
Colorado: 34-...

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards. He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism. James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.

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